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Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 Update Release On December 26?

A screenshot of an internal memo that is doing the rounds across the blogosphere has hinted at an imminent arrival of a FroYo update for Samsung Epic 4G devices. From what we hear, Samsung Epic 4G users are likely to receive an Over-the-Air update on December 26 that will let them upgrade to Android 2.2.

In case you are not aware, Android 2.2 will bring a number of new features including the ability to install applications on external storage cards, enhanced Bluetooth support & voice dialing and offers Adobe Flash 10.1 compatibility. The screenshot also reveals that the update will bring enhancements to the GPS functionality on the Epic 4G.

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The OS update is expected to roll out to all users over a four day period with those handsets running Android 2.1 receiving priority over the others. For what it’s worth, the screenshot informs us that 67% of Epic 4G users have Android 2.1 installed on their handset.

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Samsung Epic 4G Source Code Download Released

Samsung has released the official source code for the newly launched Epic 4G that is now available for download from the Samsung Open Source website. Of course, this download file is irrelevant to a wide majority of users who have purchased this latest Android handset from Samsung. But if you are a developer or one who is waiting for a rooting solution to the Samsung Epic, then this is the first step.

If you are curious to check out the source code, you may proceed to the Samsung OpenSource website and hit the ‘Mobile’ link. The Samsung Epic 4G downloads are available under the model number SPH-D700.

Do note that this download link only offers those pieces of code that is shareable under the Open Source agreements. Proprietary pieces of software that includes the Samsung TouchWiz UI are not available in this folder.

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How To Disable TouchWiz UI On Samsung Epic And Fascinate

The Samsung TouchWiz UI is great and I personally like the sleek UI controls and navigation. However, if you are one staunch Android fan who does not need the crispy TouchWiz on your Samsung Epic 4G, then you can check out the easy settings modification that will make the stock Android UI for Epic just a drag away. The trick will replace TouchWiz with the stock Android interface as the default launcher. However do remember that this will mean you will no longer be able to access the seven TouchWiz homescreens.

Apparently, this trick will also work on Samsung Fascinate – the Galaxy S series Android handset  that is launching on Verizon Wireless pretty soon.  So there you go.

Check out the video below to get through to the instructions.

[via Phandroid]

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How To Activate SRS 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound On Samsung Galaxy S Series

Want to experience that in-a-cinema-hall feeling while watching videos or movies on your Samsung Galaxy S phone? You may probably know that the device (including all its siblings like AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant, Sprint Epic & Verizon Fascinate) come equipped with a SRS 5.1 Virtual surround sound system. The SRS Virtual Surround amplifies the bass response besides improving digital clarity so that you will now be able to listen to human voices much clearer over the other audio effects.

Now if you are looking to check this feature out, this is what you should do –

  • Get hold of a stereo headphones – even regular ones should do fine, apparently.
  • Launch your music player or video player.
  • You will notice a button that reads 5.1ch. Tap over it

5.1 Virtual Surround Sound on Samsung Galaxy S

You are done. How do you like it?

[via IntoMobile]

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Samsung Epic 4G Vs. HTC EVO 4G – Official Sprint Comparison Review Video

There are two high profile 4G capable Android handsets from Sprint this season, the HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Samsung Epic. Of course, considering the rate at which new Android handsets are being churned out, EVO 4G is not as “new” as the Epic is. And consequently, Sprint would not want to glorify a device that is already out in the market and ruin the market for an upcoming Sprint phone.

For instance, the new Epic 4G comes with a 5-megapixel camera whereas EVO has an 8-megapixel unit. Also, the EVO has a marginally larger display. Nevertheless, the Samsung Epic does come with some interesting features of its own. Firstly, the display is 4-inches of Super AMOLED goodness. Also, users uncomfortable with a virtual keyboard can instead use the slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard. But most importantly, Samsung Epic allows you to stream content from your phone to any DLNA certified device wirelessly. EVO on the other hand requires a wired HDMI output.

It is not surprising that Sprint has spoken mainly about the positive aspects of the upcoming Samsung Android handset. But I believe EVO will continue to give Epic a good competition thanks to some amazing features. Check out the Sprint video below.

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Sprint Epic 4G Technical Specifications Revealed

So finally we have a spec sheet that comprehensively details the features that are to be seen on the upcoming Samsung Epic 4G phone on Sprint. The leaked document reveals the presence of some really interesting features that could make the Sprint Epic 4G as big as a hit as the currently hot Galaxy S.

Here is a lowdown on the specs. Primarily, the device will come with a 4-inches Super AMOLED capacitive display screen, a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor and an internal memory offering 1GB ROM space and 512MB RAM. Other specifications include a 5-Megapixel camera with autofocus and LED Flash. The camera can also offer 720p HD video recording. A front facing VGA camera is also on offer.

The device is expected to run on Android 2.1 and will come with all standard connectivity features including Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n and GPS.

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Samsung Vibrant Vs. Samsung Epic 4G – Which One To Go For?

Samsung has announced the launch of two new smartphones in the American markets – the Vibrant and Epic 4G. Both of them are incredible good with great features. Here are some common features on both these devices

Platform : Android 2.1
Display : 4-inch Super AMOLED screen
Processor : Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor
Camera : 5-Megapixel camera
Memory : 1GB ROM and 512MB RAM
Storage : Up to 32 GB microSD support

As you see, the specifications are more or less the same. So, what’s changed? Well, the only significant difference between the two devices is the presence of a physical QWERTY keyboard on the Samsung Epic 4G. This is now the only QWERTY-keyboard handset in the market that supports a 4G network.

Both the devices should be launching shortly. Samsung Vibrant is expected to be launched on T-Mobile on July 21 at a price of $199.99. Samsung Epic 4G shall be launching shortly on Sprint.