November 9, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Just last week, Gingerbread finally overtook Froyo as the dominant flavor of the Android operating system, and that’s sure to increase now that Sprint is finally updating the Samsung Epic 4G to Gingerbread.
Similar to it’s drawn-out wait to get Froyo in February, the Gingerbread update was long overdue and not without its problems. Instead of arriving in June as previously thought, the update is going out now and will arrive to all Sprint customers within the next 10 days. The update is being rolled-out in stages and will appear as an on-screen prompt, but you can initiate an update now by pressing Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates >Update Android. (Make sure your battery is charged at least 75 percent before starting the update.)
Personally, I’d wait a day before pushing for the update. We’ve seen in the past that new updates can sometimes be borked and mess up your phone, so there’s no harm in waiting for the bugs to be addressed first. Heck, you’ve waited this long for Gingerbread, what’s another hour or 12?
Aside from the previously mentioned benefits of better battery life and some behind the scenes stuff that you probably won’t notice or care about, Sprint says a couple of small changes have been added. Here’s the changelog:
- Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
- Audible Sprint AIRAVE™ notifications when answering call
- SMS messages sent without area code
- PRL and Profile update
- EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML
- Bluetooth headset sound improvements
- Fully visible date on device lock screen