Sprint is close to sending out an updated version of the system software on the Samsung Epic 4G that will increase the speed at which it uploads data. However, the release has been pushed back.
There have been quite a few complaints from users of this smartphone about how slowly it uploads items, and a “bug fix” update to take care of this issue was supposed to start going out yesterday.
However, a note from a Sprint employee on the carrier’s official discussion forum says:
We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from releasing the update as we had planned.
We are working to resolve the issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new delivery schedule.
When this upgrade is released, it will be sent directly to users’ smartphones, who will be notified when it is ready to be installed.
According to the official changelog, this maintenance release will also fix a battery drain when Wi-Fi is in standby mode, and it will also allow users for download MP3s bought from Amazon over a 4G connection.
Currently, there is no way to manually install the new version of the system software. Users can only wait for it to be delivered to their device.
Samsung Epic 4G Overview
Samsung’s latest is a slider, with a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED touchscreen and a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
The Epic 4G is following on the heels of the very popular HTC EVO 4G, Sprint’s first model with WiMAX. This 4G standard gives it peak download speeds of up to 12 Mbps, and average download speeds of 2-4 Mbps in areas where WiMAX is available.
It is debuting running Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor with 512 MB of RAM, and an upgrade to Android OS 2.2 is in development.
The Epic 4G has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash and support for 720p video recording, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video conferencing.
In addition to WiMAX, this smartphone supports Sprint’s 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) network and offers Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. The Epic 4G is able to share its 4G or 3G wireless data connection with five other devices over Wi-Fi.
Other features of this Samsung device include the Swype text-entry system, a GPS receiver, a 1500 mAh battery, a six-axis motion sensor, a proximity sensor, and a light sensor.