July 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch might have a terrible name, but at least it can no longer be called just another Gingerbread phone. Sprint announced today that the Epic 4G Touch is getting an over the air update starting today that should add Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to one of its most popular Android phones released in 2011.
The Epic 4G Touch joins Samsung’s other U.S. variants of the Galaxy S II with a firmware upgrade that adds several key features. Like all Samsung phones, however, the change is not that dramatic visually because Samsung prefers to put the emphasis on Touchwiz UX and the many customizations that it makes to the software. There’s still a lot going on a level below that.
Here’s a list of some of the new features made available in today’s update, courtesy of Sprint:
- 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
The update should be rolling out to users now. To check for an update, go to Settings > About phone > System Updates. Don’t be surprised if it says you’re up to date because not everyone gets it at once. A manual update should appear shortly based on past history.
[Sprint] Thanks, Dan!