If you are a Samsung Epic 4G or Samsung Galaxy Tablet owner on Sprint, be on the lookout for an OTA update that is set to roll out this week. For the Epic 4G this should be a revised update of the one that was pulled previously, which will bring the device to Android 2.2 Froyo. For the Galaxy Tab, you're getting Sprint ID.  And that's nice, but we'd much rather hear about any possible Honeycomb (or at least Gingerbread) update for this rapidly aging tablet.

Sprint says the rollout will be completed by March 24. So if you own these devices, be sure to be on the look out for the updates. Full details available after the break.

Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Sprint ID-Enabled, Bringing Unique Mobile Experience to 4G and Tablets for First Time


Sprint ID quickly customizes device with apps, widgets, ringtones and more in a single download, based on customers’ interests or favorite brands; Most popular Sprint ID pack downloads include Yahoo!, MTV Music ID and ESPN ID


Software update delivering Sprint ID will also include Android 2.2 (Froyo)


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 21, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that its award-winning Samsung Epic 4G* and Samsung Galaxy Tab will be Sprint ID-enabled, beginning March 21, allowing customers who own these devices to download a complete mobile experience, called an “ID pack” – including apps, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, shortcuts and more – tailored to their specific interests, business needs or favorite brands in a single download.


All existing Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab owners will be prompted this week to accept the over-the-air software update in their device’s notification tab. Once the update is installed, the user can find the Sprint ID icon in their Applications Menu and begin experiencing Sprint ID. All users should have access to this new software update by March 24.


The software update for Samsung Epic 4G will also include the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system update.  This update will add numerous capabilities, including Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Bluetooth dialing and allows app installation to external storage.


Customers who purchase a new Samsung Epic 4G or Samsung Galaxy Tab can access Sprint ID from their Applications Menu when they turn it on for the first time. Customers can learn more about how to use Sprint ID on their device by visiting www.sprint.com/epicsupport or www.sprint.com/galaxytabsupport.


Sprint ID launched in October 2010 on three devices – LG Optimus S™, Sanyo Zio™ and Samsung Transform™ – with 16 consumer lifestyle ID packs targeting specific interests including Home Base, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Socially Connected, Business Pro, Golf Enthusiast, Auto Enthusiast, The Big Apple and Entertainment, as well as branded ID packs from Yahoo!, WHERE and Lo2Yo by LatCel. Since launch, brands that have deployed Sprint ID packs include MTV, ESPN and HSN. Select ID packs will be available for download onto Samsung Galaxy Tab.


Customers with Sprint ID-capable devices can download up to five ID packs onto their phone and easily switch back and forth between them or swap them out for new ones. Sprint customers currently are downloading an average of two ID packs per device. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan.


“We are very pleased with the success of Sprint ID and excited to expand this rich mobile experience to customers with these two popular devices – Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab,” said John Carney, senior vice president consumer marketing at Sprint. “Sprint ID handset sales have exceeded our expectations, which is proof that customers, especially those new to smartphones, want an easier way to get apps they’ll enjoy rather than searching through thousands of apps in Android Market. As this data about ID pack downloads shows, customers are passionate about certain brands, such as MTV, Yahoo! and ESPN, and are eager to download a complete mobile experience developed by that brand. We expect to see the same excitement from our customers about recently launched ID packs as well as branded packs from other partners we have in the pipeline.”


Since Sprint ID launched, the most popular Sprint ID packs include: 

·         Entertainment: Features games, music, photo and celebrity news apps to keep users entertained no matter where they go. Apps include Shazam (identify any song), WikiMobile (mobile encyclopedia) and Poynt (local search app that lets users connect with businesses, restaurants and people near them).

·         Yahoo!: Gives users access to their favorite Yahoo! services in one simple download including Yahoo! Finance, Mail, News, Sports, Messenger, Fantasy Football and Flickr. 

·         MTV Music ID: MTV Music ID allows fans to quickly download a package of apps, widgets and other content, including MTV News, MTV Photos, MTV Twitter and streaming music apps.  

·         Socially Connected: Delivers a customized experience for keeping users connected with friends while on the go. Features Facebook, TweetCaster and more, creating the ultimate starting point for their own multi-tasking, socially connected mobile package.

·         ESPN ID: Instant access to scores right on the device’s home screen, as well as one-tap access to sports news, fantasy teams and the user’s favorite ESPN programs, including more than 900 live events per year on ESPN Mobile TV.

·         WHERE: Enables people to discover the world around them by recommending local information, places and events; also helps people save money by providing location based coupons and cheapest gas stations. Allows users to find everything from weather, news and restaurant reviews to the closest coffee shop, traffic updates, movie show times and offers from local merchants.

·         Fashion & Beauty: Delivers a customized experience for keeping users connected and up-to-date on the latest fashion trends, celebrity gossip, beauty and style. Apps include TrendTracker (keep track of the latest runway looks, fashion news, trend ideas); TMZ & E! Online (breaking celeb news); and ShopSavvy (scan the barcode of any product and it will search for all the best prices from local and online retailers).

·         Health & Fitness: Healthy eating on the go is made easier with the Health & Fitness ID Pack. Apps include Fast Food Calorie Counter; Cardio Trainer (training partner for running, cycling, hiking, and other fitness activities); Yoga Trainer Lite; and iTriage (find closest health care providers and more).

·         Home Base: A great solution for those running a modern household. Apps include Big Oven (featuring 170,000+ recipes); E! Online (get celebrity gossip fix); Pandora (listen to your favorite tunes wherever you are); Grocery Smart (create shopping lists); and Springpad (save notes, tasks or lists).

·         Lo2yo LatinoLo2Yo Latino ID brings users the best of their Latino world from news and entertainment to sports, soap operas and much more, all in Spanish.


For more information about Sprint ID and to see all Sprint ID packs, visit www.sprint.com/sprintid.


Reader comments

Sprint Epic 4G, Galaxy Tablet updates hit this week, bring Sprint ID


I got the update this morning when I woke up for the Galaxy Tab. I haven't encountered any issues with it yet.

Also, for those concerned, you are not required to use SprintID. Its an app added to your device, and if you never use it, then you never have to worry about it. I do plan on playing with it later, just to see what it does.

I've had Froyo on my Epic since the first time Sprint rolled it out and I've not had any issues. I also have no need for Sprint ID - I already have all the apps I want.

So what does this mean for those who got the update during the last roll out before they stopped it? Does that previous rollout need to be removed in order to update to this one?

I hate to sound like a jerk but you guys just got FROYO and you are already expecting Honeycomb. I wouldn't hold my breath. Samsung will update their products to honeycomb once the next OS is already released and on other phones.

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Ok i have a question. I am getting a epic soon i hope and kinda like the touch wiz thing that it has but if i do the update or get a updated on will it have the crappy 3 "button" thing at the bottom instead of the 4 touch wiz ones i like them better or do i have a option to chose whitch one i want becasue i hate the one on the transform but launcher pro fixed that for the time being. Thanks

TouchWiz has all 4 buttons at the bottom, the 2.2 update won't change that. You have the option of installer different home screens, which feature different configures for the button "dock" at the bottom of the screen.

Thanks dskwerl you are right about that i played with my firends epic today while he played basketball ( uploaded a video XD) and he had the new update and i only seen the sprit id in the app draw i hope it stays like that but for now i cant wait to get a epic!

Oh boy! Sprint ID! Now I can get marketed to on my phone! More branding than a Texas cattle ranch! I feel so... targeted! And the opportunity to *tell* them what demographic I fit into? PRICELESS.

Sprint ID? More like Stup ID.

The epic is getting gingerbread for sure. It laked some tme ag, and was a pretty big update, my guess is that , that's why it took forever for froyo.

Has anyone seen the OTA update show up on their Epic yet? I sure haven't. The updates were suppose to be completed by today (24-Mar), but I have yet to hear of ANYONE receiving the update. If you have received the update, please let us know so our dwindling faith can be restored.

I have 2 Epics and neither one has received the update yet. I did get a text message from Sprint yesterday telling me that "Sprint ID is coming", so maybe that's a good sign? Of course, I could care less about Sprint ID. I just want my Froyo (not to mention Gingerbread...).

I just got the notification from sprint saying Sprint ID would be coming soon....and I did finally seeing someone in another thread who said both he and a co-worker had received the OTA update today. So, looks like it is actually being pushed out, just later than expected.