Epic 4G

Samsung has released the kernel source code (and other GPL bits of code for open-source software) for the D700, which we all know and love as the Epic 4G.  Does this mean a stable Gingerbread build is imminent? We have no idea, but we do know that the many of you guys who have long forgotten about the official update path should now have even better custom ROM's to flash, and developers can carry on doing what they do independently from Samsung and Sprint.  That's why we love open-source software.  If you're a kernel developer, or think now would be a good time to start, grab it from the source link (search for D700).

Source: Samsung; Thanks, rocket321!

There are 28 comments

xbangerang says:

but what about all the other us galaxy S phones? I need some new life for my vibrant.

ReiMei says:

To bad I already rooted it and installed gingerbread myself...

lrn2swim says:

sorry but i think you've missed the point...

james1619 says:

do you know the link to get the new gingerbread for my samsung epic 4g???

ReiMei says:

To bad I already rooted it and installed gingerbread myself...

rogerchew says:

how's your battery life? or do you run in airplane mode? heheh

ReiMei says:

Wifi+airplane mode usually. Weird thing is my city isn't listed as Wimax enabled but I have a strong Wimax signal usually.

mike340t says:

My bat on GB is AVERAGE of 15- 19 HOURS.. EASILY! I am currently at 15H/21M/27S with still pleanty of juice on a OEM battery!.. I NEVER USE AIRPLANE MODE !! I also don't use 100 widgets either lol and stripped away all the crud myself as well... The only major prob is the damn reboot bug in all the GB leaks.. other than that it's perfect.. I really hope Samsung has squashed that bug!

rogerchew says:

ffs where the hell is the source for vibrant already....

9KRacing says:

One of the best days of my life was the day I smashed this pile of steaming dog feces with a bat.

Who would have actually thought that ICS would be out by the time this phone got Gingerbread.

Bishounen says:

Wow. So this is kind of a crappy phone then?

I ask because I am due a new one, but I stopped by the Sprint store last night and checked out the Galaxy S II and HOLY FREAKIN' CRAP IT'S HUUUUUUUUGE! The Galaxy Nexus is promising to be EVEN BIGGER. Coming from a Palm Pre 1, I'm not sure I'm going to want a phone that large.

I was thinking one of the slider phones since they are smaller, but all of them seem to have crappy single core processors. Isn't there a good flagship-level phone that isn't a dinner plate and has a physical keyboard?

This phone is not slow by any means and it was never promised to get Gingerbread anyways. Some people just like to complain about everything possible... IE: People are already complaining in the XDA forums that it will never see ICS.

Dronak says:

Yes it was. See http://www.samsung.com/us/news/presskitRead.do?page=1&news_seq=19854 for Samsung's press release. The relevant sentence is: "The Android 2.3 upgrade will start with GALAXY S in the UK and Nordic countries from mid-May, and gradually rolled out to other European markets, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East Asia, Africa and rest of the world according to the regional plan." The Epic is a Galaxy S phone in North America -- Samsung's press release says it will get Gingerbread (Android 2.3).

Paul627g says:

Not to fuel the fire here but GB is a bonus... This phone was really only scheduled originally to get Froyo. GB was added as a bonus so for that I'm sure the Epic 4g fans are happy to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.. Sure the custom ROMs built off the leaks have been decent but it will be nice to see the custom ROMs built off official.

This is what I was referring to. Never buy a phone for what it might get...

romma says:

I must be losing track of phones big time. I could have sworn this once highly touted device had already gotten Gingerbread.. Just in time for ICS, GB shows up...

ratsttam says:

You didn't lose track. We've had leaks of GB since June/July timeframe...

Dronak says:

Yes, there have been builds and leaks builds of Gingerbread for the Epic for months. However, it has not been officially released, and no final build has been pushed to phones yet.

gray21t says:

too late now I already bought a new phone Samsung

cheburashka says:

Samsung? AGAIN? WHY!?!?!? well good luck waiting for an update... again. The only Samsung phone I may get that is not a Nexus is a Note, otherwise its Nexus for me from now on. I've learned my lesson, thanks.

Toxikhiro says:

You know, it's funny, I was just thinking how sad it is that ICS is coming out and my ~relatively ~ recent phone still doesn't have gingerbread. Hopefully this means there will be an OTA soon.

ok i got two questions im kinda new to this thing ive use odin before but still

1. what can you do with a kernel source can you use it with odin


2. about how long does it take for an OTA update to roll out once the kernel source has been released.

thanks in advance.

Paul627g says:

To anyone other than kernel devs or ROM devs the source is useless... It has a purpose but there isn't anything "flashable" there for the normal rooted user.

Samsung's history is usually within a very short time frame of source being dropped the OTA pops up...

thanks paul you always got answers to my questions

Paul627g says:

No problem. Just because I'm not running the Epic anymore doesn't mean I'm going to leave you hanging out to dry :)

philroc says:

I hope so Paul, getting tired of being left out....

Mike77 says:

Same old Samsung.

Oh Nos! My phone that came out over a year ago only 2 major OS updates and is still one of the best phones on the market!! what will I do, it sucks so bad. I won't make me coffee in the morning.