Samsung Epic 4G's Gingerbread update in testing, due to arrive in June? [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
The Samsung Epic 4G only recently got a stable update to Android 2.2, but according to a new rumor that's emerged today, and update to Gingerbread could be coming in the next month and a half or so. The folks at Brief Mobile were handed the image you see above, with the source of the image claiming that Android 2.3.3 for the Epic 4G (build ED12) is currently in testing. When will the GBread goodness make its way to your Epic, you ask? If the source of the screenshot is to be believed, testing of the build could wrap up by May 15th, although the actual roll out may not begin until the HTC EVO 3D launches, which could be on June 5th. Taking all that into consideration, you're looking at a possible early to mid-July arrival of Android 2.3 for the Epic 4G.
As I'm sure most of you know, these "About phone" screens are pretty easily faked, so be sure to take this rumor with a few grains of salt. That said, I'm sure that Samsung is doing all it can to get Gingerbread for the Galaxy S phones out the door as quickly as possible after the whole Froyo update debacle, so I wouldn't be surprised to see the Epic's 2.3 update come along sooner rather than later. As usual, you can be sure that we'll keep you updated as we learn more.
UPDATE: As qbking77 has pointed out in the comments, the Epic 4G's ED12 build of Android 2.3 has leaked out. You can check out a video of it in action below, and if you'd like to give the software a go, you can find the download link and instructions right here. Just a note for those of you considering taking the plunge: the build is already rooted and deodexed, but there are a few issues with it that you should about before installing:
- 4G non-functional
- GPS non-functional
- Wake lag present
- Does not boot when plugged in and powered off, unplug to boot
- Temperature sensor readings are incorrect. You may see interrupted charging due to bad battery temp readings.
- Slide to unlock button sometimes 'sticks'
- Has Carrier IQ
If that's all ok with you and you decide to install ED12, let us know how it works for you!