Epic 4G Touch

Remember how a couple days ago we broke the news that the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today? Well, guess what. It's getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today. Sprint's made it official that the update will be rolling out over the air. Here's what's new:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
  • Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Look for it to push out any time now, or dive into the settings to start the update manually.

Source: Sprint

There are 65 comments

regression says:

I don't understand why Sprint is advertising Android Beam when the Epic 4G Touch doesn't have NFC. Won't that lead to confusion for customers?

EeZeEpEe says:

An obvious copy/paste fail in the person who wrote it up. Probably took it from a general ICS feature list.

wraith404 says:

Yeah, add to that we already had a panoramic camera app...

joehockey77 says:

It was a copy and paste android 4.0 feature list.....not what the epic touch will fully receive

Glenuendo says:

HELLO Sprint, HTC EVO 3D user here impatiently waiting for ICS.

rsanchez1 says:

Yep, please Sprint can we get that ICS update we were promised by HTC?

IcerC says:

Just got a replacement 3d and I think I'll sell it.

bfoltyn says:

Can someone tell me how I can do this now? like the article said, do it manually... how do i do this? Thanks!

oskar1995 says:

Also, just a comment about the above. Going into settings to try and update manually won't do anything. I've tried that about 300 times and my phone keeps lying to me and saying that "Your system is currently up to date".

bfoltyn says:

That is what keeps happening to me. That is why I was looking for help to get in faster...let us know if anyone has any luck

TouchWizard says:

Hopefully soon someone will have the direct download link and we will be able to update directly from the update.zip file. :-)

mhmmdy123 says:

Try to download Samsung kies first from Samsung website. And connect you phone to your PC and do it manually. Sometime it help and it works.

wraith404 says:

That setting has never worked, on any android phone, every. I don't know why people keep mentioning it... :) I think it only exists to satisfy a placebo effect.

Tonio21 says:

Actually it does work, after the update has been pushed to your phone and the user declines the update the first time it pops up. Before then though it basically doesn't do jack squat.

msalgad2 says:

How is this performed?

DylanFan247 says:

You will get the 'up to date message' when you select Android Update. What you want to do is select Firmware Update. The ICS update is a firmware update. Lol, but I can still say that I've done the firmware update 300 times and no dice still, just wanted to help ya out. :)

JRodHimself says:

I just recently traded this phone for a Sprint GNex too. The same thing happened when I traded my NS4G for the E4GT. Maybe I should trade my phones more often since they seem to roll ICS updates out after I've traded them.

mandyd78 says:

Trying to manually update here too. Doesn't even seem to search for an update. I guess I will just need to be patient. :-) I guess I missed when they they broke the news about this update. Awesome surprise to wake up to!

wraith404 says:

You left off a few features:

* Reduced battery life

* Broken Exchange Sync with older versions of Exchange

* Roaming Guard now ignores settings and alerts you continuously to improve your awareness

KingGinger55 says:

* Adds a cool stuttering effect to chrome browser just in case you missed it the first time.

* Allows you to better focus on your phone while running or driving by not taking commands from a Bluetooth headphone set while the screen is of.

* Allows you to scroll from top to bottom of a list in .02 seconds even when you dont mean to for faster navigation.

* And many more!

I have been running FF22 for weeks now and all these problems are still as present as they were on FF18.
And unless they changed something major we get the same old calendar app not the new pinch to expand one.
Happy flashing. :-)

wraith404 says:

Nice! Well, at least source has dropped. Custom ROMs FTW.

Unibrow says:

Chrome works fine with FF18 and there is no FF22 build, perhaps you mean FE22? The only issue I'm having with the phone is voice prompts in certain situations get cut off early. Waze becomes more useless than it already was, and Samsung's Voice Talk app gets cut off early. Navigation, however, works like a champ. I'm also not having any scrolling issues.

This update, of course, does nothing to fix Sprint's horrid network. So, if you have a crumby data connection now you'll have one after as well =)

VDub2174 says:

A lot of people are going to be very happy.

tapoutbeast says:

Reduced battery life? Bump that I'm not updating

wraith404 says:

Yeah, I get 10-12 hours on average, where I had closer to a full 24 on GB. Now I'm on the leaked version of the same build, have been for weeks so it's not a battery re-calibration period thing. Some are hoping the OTA is slightly different from the leak, optimized or something, and won't have these problems, but I'm not holding my breath. At least now that 4.0 kernel source is out we'll see an official CM9/10. That's where I'll be headed. This upgrade is lame.

demontooth says:

Are you awake the full 24 hours or do you have to plug in your dead phone when you wake up in the morning? I'm assuming you take it off the charger at 6 am and it is dead seconds before you wake up at 6 am the next morning.

wraith404 says:

You're correct, with GB I could forget to plug it in at night and still have a small charge remaining the next morning (most of the time). On ICS, It's usually near dead by bed time. The net result isn't much different, I still have to charge it over night for normal use on either version, but it plainly doesn't have the same stand by capability.

Cubfan says:

I caused this by selling mine on Sunday and switching to the Galaxy Nexus. You're welcome.

Mobius360 says:

Man it's funny how many phones suddenly are getting ICS. It's great, but I wonder if they felt the need since Jelly Bean just dropped.

Well I don't known about you but I'm tired of looking at gingerbread

wraith404 says:

This doesn't look much different. They did their best to theme ICS in a gingerbread coating.

sblair1269 says:

Great news. Will the update help with the radio?

If they fu*k up the battery life of this phone I'm going to be done with sprint for good.

yankeesusa says:

How is battery life sprints fault?

They control the updates as far as I'm concerned.

robotaholic says:

The software comes from Samsung from Korea. I have been flashing the latest ics builds for the last few months. "As far as I'm concerned" you're a douche lol

Cubanito says:

Has anyone tried the trick that worked for the Galaxy Nexus? force stopping google framework and clearing data? then checking for update.

androinerd says:

Didn't work. :(

Quis89 says:

People finally got the update they have been outraged over and they are still pissed if it isn't perfect. Maybe, just maybe we would be happy for a brief moment. Thank them for getting the update out and give them time to iron out the real world bugs

codiusprime says:

Haven't you noticed (if not go look at the comments on the article about the Verizon SGS3 dev phone), it is literally impossible to please some Android fans. There will always be something that they find to bitch about, always.

Bitching about tech toys drives the industry forward, just as our inability to be content drives western civilization (forward?).

The point is that there shouldn't be any bugs. They've been sitting on this for months! They've had time to get this correct.

hallr77 says:

Has anyone actually gotten the update to apply? I have yet to see a post anywhere that indicates this is happening....

i like big buts and i cannot lie all you mofos asking why get ureself some thunder thighs. now jerk . jerk till you cant no more ask for some booty popping and update soon. you bafoon who wears froot of da loom u cant assume im crazy u one minute man cant wait for the update go home and jerk that fruity loom and squeeze some thunder from ure butt.

lorcha says:

Great news! Hopefully the custom ROMs will have the kinks ironed out in a few weeks, and then I can upgrade!

qbking77 says:

regression says:

I was just about to post a link to your video. I am in the process of updating now. Thanks for all the work!

cedpme says:

I was going to post a link as well. qbking77, you are the man!!

lrhf97 says:

followed your instructions and it worked like a charm.

Thank you.

Scott_LAN says:

this is the first time i've experienced this..but when i connected my phone to my pc, only the camera connected and not the phone. I can't view the files or anything else. Does anyone know why this is? I was trying to follow the video on updating my phone manually.

Lito187 says:

I totally agree with moonoverparma00 they have had time to work these bugs. We have been waiting since early 2012 for this update and it should be on par with all the other ics devices. But I will not judge it until I get my update.

bfoltyn says:

Anyone receive the official update from Sprint/Samsung via OTA?? Anyone?

datatech2550 says:

Sprint will be pushing the update "randomly" to its users over the next 10 days. It won't be available as a manual update until AFTER they push it to the device.
Scroll down to the fine print at the bottom of this.

scheumanrj says:

I got the OTA update this morning. It broke the keyboard. I got the standard keyboard to work after a while and then finally got Swype to work again.

zackmack7 says:

I think I noticed a SLIGHT reduction in battery life...and I was flopping between twitter and instagram, so I'm not really sure if batter life has been affected. See for yourselves. You know our phones have great battery life already, so I'm sure it wont do too much harm.

razgri5 says:

Hey yall. I went for the manual update linked above and noticed a few oddities. For one, I can't seem to find a way to create folders in the new build. Also, I can't edit home screens. No adding or taking away screens. Looks like I'm stuck with 5. I'm a little afraid it's because I didn't wait for the push build.

Anyone know anything about this?

razgri5 says:

Whoa. Nevermind. Looks like folders work just like the drag and drop of stock ICS. Now what about those homescreens...?

Gator352 says:

IDK. Everything is working fine except for a little lag but to be honest, I'm not sure if I like it. Just doesn't look and feel right for some reason, not because it's new but because it looks and feels...kiddish, not professional.

Lito187 says:

Anyone remember when the Touch Pro 2 got the update? That update was awesome I loved it. I hope I love this update. I am sure that there may be a few bugs but it is what it is. Sprint should update stuff fast. They also need to show some ICS love to the Evo 3d and the Photon as both as dual core phones.

tapoutbeast says:

The ics update sucks major monkey balls! I just got the update this morning, and I can't stand it.

Lito187 says:

I barely got mine. How can I create folders by dragging apps together?

jackmoney55 says:

7/21/12 and I still haven't received the update neither OTA or manually!

gator_rick says:


I manually updated with the first update Sprint released with ICS for the S2. What is the difference with that one and the this one? Should I manually update again when it is released?

norstarguru says:

DONT DO IT, BATTERY LIFE GOES TO 4 hours after update and apps are running like crazy...