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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ewvegas, May 30, 2012.

  1. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    It appears your update is rolling out now. I figured I would give a little tip that worked for my GNex when the 4.0.4 rollout happened to "jog" the check for updates.

    Goto Settings | Apps | All | Google Services Framework and clear data and cache. It will reset your system last checked to something like 1970. Also, when you reboot it will prompt you about location services or something like that.

    Anyway, I hope this helps.

  2. tenceriker

    tenceriker Newbie

    Did not get the phone to update, debating trying a hard reset.
  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    Some folks had to do it repeatedly for it to work, for me it worked first (and second) try.

    Good luck, you'll enjoy ICS.
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  4. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Android Expert

    Actually it is that easy as long as you're a ruthless S.O.B. Don't forget that "AT&T" [sic] started off as the Southwestern Bell RBOC, and Verizon the Bell Atlantic RBOC. They didn't get to their lofty positions of hegemony by playing fair or giving their customers a fair deal. I can tell you some real horror stories about SBC before and after it bought the rights to the AT&T brand. I've heard the same basic thing from NYNEX customers. (For those who lost me, Bell Atlantic became NYNEX, then Verizon, and Southwestern Bell became SBC then AT&T [sic].)

    Personally I'd rather get "nickel and dimed" than getting ripped off by the hundreds of dollars. Your mileage may vary, but moving from Sprint to one of the mega-Bells is like "out of the frying pan into the fire" when it comes to business trouble. By all means do find out for yourself if you want to. The solution to your gripes might lie in buying your service from a reseller company that offers the Big 4's services under their own name, and on their own terms.
  5. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Android Expert

    I don't see that on my stock SPH-D710. Am I missing something, or is there a different procedure on this model? At the risk of seeming very stupid, exactly what is considered a "hard reset" on this phone? This morning I pulled out the battery to read the model number, and when it rebooted I got a few application updates that appeared to have been stuck for some reason. I can't even look under the inspection plate because I can't find my jeweler's screwdriver set today.
  6. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    A battery pull is considered a "hard reset." Just lets any components clear out. An electrical engineer would be able to explain it better than me, but that's essentially it.

    When I get home I'll check my retired D1 (still running a Gingerbread rom) and see where the setting is. I forget sometimes that a lot changed between GB & ICS.
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  7. tenceriker

    tenceriker Newbie

    Tried it about 30 times, the app keeps restarting and that of course doesn't let it check. Tried both on 3g and wifi.
  8. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Android Expert

    LOL...yeah, well...I just happen to be an electrical engineer, hence my embarrassment. :eek:

    Things were pretty simple with the first personal computing devices. They didn't have real-time clocks or anything else that saved data when the power went off, so pulling the plug was a guarantee that the machine was as reset as it ever was. Then came the RTC, battery-backed CMOS RAM and NVRAM. Remember the infamous "programmer button" on the first Macs? That's when you started needing a BSEE to really and truly know what all the various levels of reset did. By the time I was more management than engineer, I kinda stopped memorizing all of the really geeky stuff.

    Near as I can tell, puling the battery on a smart phone is like pulling the plug on a TiVo or a computer that doesn't get the filesystem corrupted or can recover. In other words it reboots the phone, but doesn't alter any NVRAM settings or clear any system flags that might trigger the online equivalent of a Vol-Down+Power, Vol-Up start on the S2. There's probably some way to force an upgrade by corrupting the right thing. Just enough to trigger a push, but not enough to kill the processes that it needs to run.

    Thanks! I'm totally new to smartphone hacking, so I sure could use some guidance. I'd like to dump the entire contents of my phone (so I can restore it to stock if need be) and try some pure Android. So far the guides I've found give me cold feet. Any guidance on that would be greatly appreciated. I know to search first, but there's just so much...

    Anyway, thanks again for the rapid response!
  9. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    I am not familiar with your device, but generally speaking, you would want to root your device (gain admin access) and load a custom recovery which would allow you to do a nandroid backup (a system image). Then you would want to load an AOSP (Android Open Source Project) rom. The process of doing those things is a little different phone to phone, so I would hesitate myself in giving specific advice on yours lest I mess you up. I would read the sticky threads in the All Things Root subforum and when you are ready to give it a go post a thread in there and I'm sure other members that are familiar will walk you through it.
  10. heavychevy

    heavychevy Android Expert

    I despise AT&T so I'm not going to debate it's merits. If I left it would be T-Mobile or Verizon. I had no problems with T-mobile, I only left because their phone selection was crappy (I actually left for the original EVO) but their customer service was awesome. Verizon has better signal, overall from what I've seen.
  11. BigHAZE

    BigHAZE Well-Known Member

    Did it twice...hit UPGRADE ANDROID...NOTHIN' I thought it was supposed to be today...but guess not.

  12. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Android Expert

    I've heard good things about T-Mobile, but Sprint has always had the coverage where I needed it, and early on T-Mobile didn't. When 3G came along, CDMA2000 and therefore Sprint was far superior to the 2.xG EDGE technology that T-Mobile was using then. Now T-Mobile has the fastest data service. Go figure.

    Verizon looks good on paper, and I can't say I've had any problems with them because I've never used them. But a lot who have aren't very happy. I also have some serious doubts about how well the 700MHz band that Verizon is rolling out its LTE service on is compatible with tiny phones with internal antennas.

    Whatever you choose, I'd like to find out how it works out for you. Happy hunting!
  13. Epicblaze

    Epicblaze Member

    The official package is released today and can be manually applied if you're up to it - otherwise - OTA will hit the airways over the next few days. :)
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  14. Jore

    Jore Android Enthusiast

    Where can you download it at?
  15. cary328is

    cary328is Android Expert

    Just did the manual update on my wife's phone - worked great. No waiting for OTA:

    Here's how to manually update

    Note: This is for UNROOTED phones
  16. Jore

    Jore Android Enthusiast

    Awesome!! Just upgraded. Thanks
  17. Epicblaze

    Epicblaze Member

    All apps work as before.
    Responsiveness seems improved.
    3G connectivity has definitely improved.
    Will have to wait on 4G (WiMax) performance until I hit the metro area...
    GPS lock seems improved.

    Battery power is a big one for me and will take a few days to evaluate.

    The manual update is a breeze and worth doing! :)
  18. BigHAZE

    BigHAZE Well-Known Member

    Cool..manually updated...>SWEET!!!!
  19. bencurt24

    bencurt24 Well-Known Member

    This is hard to do on a MAC computer...... anyone that can help me?
  20. iTzKPanda

    iTzKPanda AF's resident panda

    dang.. you need an Sd card. ha
  21. VGPOP

    VGPOP Android Enthusiast

    So my Galaxy S2 will go from 2.3.6 update to 4.0.0?

    That's a big jump....:D
  22. heavychevy

    heavychevy Android Expert

    Does the official update have the option to run the stock ics? Can you drag and drop apps onto each other to create folders?

    Just want to see how different if any this build is from my leaked version.
  23. CoachEVO

    CoachEVO Well-Known Member

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  24. Lateck

    Lateck Android Enthusiast

    Did the manual up date like stated above.
    There are some problems..... Calendar not working, camera same. Social hub some minor issues...... still checking apps.
    Almost all Google apps needed up dating via the play store.

    Yes, you do go from 2.3.xx to 4.0.4.
    On my tablet ICS is great.
    Hope Sprint keeps up the support.

  25. s_special

    s_special Android Enthusiast

    i have to say the ics is better then i expected when paired with apex launcher!! super happy with my phone

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Forum

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch release date was September 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.52" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4210 Dual processor, and 1800mAh battery.

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