How To Update Samsung Epic 4G to Gingerbread 2.3.4 Firmware

Epic 4G LogoSamsung Epic 4G D700 users now have a reason to smile as you can now taste your phone with an all new update in the form of Gingerbread 2.3.4 which is the latest release of Android. So, this comes as a respite for all the users who were just feeling low as all other phones like Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and also low end smart phones like Gio as well as Ace were getting the Gingerbread 2.3.4 releases. Now, it will be no more that this updates comes along with a bunch of enhancements which we will be looking in the due course of this article.

Applying this update for your phone is just no less than a cakewalk, all thanks to the simple and easy to understand instructions which we have mentioned in this article will not only empower you with the power to upgrade your phone but in a long run it will also help you so that you can customize your phone easily. At AndroidAdvices, we are here right through to solve all your Android related queries.

Before you proceed, you will have to note that if your phone is already rooted then the root access will be revoked as soon as the update is applied. And also another most important thing is that, applying with this update won’t affect the warranty of your phone and in fact you won’t even require the root access to apply this update for your phone which is the best part of this update. So, not to worry, since this article is not about rooting the device, there will not be any effect on the warranty.

But only one thing which you will have to take care is that you will have to ensure that you follow every single instruction which is mentioned below, as if you don’t follow the same then there is a a high probability that you may even brick your phone. This update is applicable for both the network locked phones and for network free phones as this is the official release which is as of now pushed only for selected phones for the testing purpose.

So, as a reader of AndroidAdvices, you don’t have to wait for updating your Samsung Epic 4G D700 Phone, ensure that your phone is having the name and model number as Samsung Epic 4G D700 and not any other device or this will brick the phone. So, let’s get ahead with the instructions which will help you to update the phone.

Since this is the Global update, any one with this phone can proceed and can apply this update and also make a note that the update which we will be seeing on to apply the same is a manual release and not the Odin release. So, ensure that you follow all the instructions clearly since it’s a manual update which needs to be applied.

  • Marc

    I am having the same problem as Not a Tech Genius. Stopped through the process and now have ‘phone…!…computer’. Tried removing battery, power on/off using \1\, unplugging/replugging USB and nothing has worked. What now???

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      installed the drivers? is your windows a 64 bit?

  • Al

    Ok, thank you for all the hard work regardless!

  • Al

    Does this update enable the FM radio?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no it doesnt enable fm!

  • DennyZ

    I’m seriously starting to wonder if my phone was truly updated to Gingerbread, or if I just installed a skin that says it’s onl Gingerbread when you look at the settings. What exactly is supposed to be different from the Froyo version I had before?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it is updated to Gingerbread! Looks and interface has changed!

  • PT

    Thanks Ahead of Time Neal

    Out of curiosity before I update, (tired of waiting)

    I will loose root access, right?

    Can I root again once updated?(is there one that works)

    Does everything still function on this update?(gps, camera, video…and so on)

    Thanks again

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes root access will be revoked!
      yes you can root the same again!
      yes everything is functioning!

  • DennyZ

    This worked out for me, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought by reading the instructions. For one thing, be sure you have Samsund Kies 2.0 installed on your computer first!!! When I tried to install without it, my computer said it was connected to “Gadget Serial” and could not find the driver. Once I had Kies installed, it my phone was recognized as soon as I connected it. I found the download for Kies here: http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=172075&t=0&i=1

    Also, you MUST remove the “.md5″ from the end of the “.tar” file. Not only will it NOT work with the “.md5″ but if you try it, you will need to start the whole procedure over again!! I tried to remove the “.md5″ and then select the newly renamed file, but nothing happened and eventually the screen on my phone went blank. When I disconnected & attempted to restart the phone I got the screen mentioned in an eariler post that has a picture of a pda connected to a triangle with 3 dots. I removed the battery to shut off the phone, then I started the phone up in Download mode (hold down the 1 key on the qwerty keyboard while turning it on) and restarted the procedure. This did the trick and I was able to proceed.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks for your feedback and great to hear that your phone is now updated successfully!

  • Eleazar

    i got a question if i install this how can i uninstall this

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you need to apply another firmware to remove the current one!

  • Cody

    Finally got a chance to perform the update, at first Odin didn’t recognize my phone, but silly me, I had forgot to disable my antivirus software. Phone is updated now and im basking in the gingerbread goodness as we speak!! Thank you SO much for this update! Let us know if there will be an ICS port as well k? Thanks again!!!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      Sure as soon as the ICS Port arrives we will surely come up with the article!

  • Ed

    Is this “fully baked”? or are there going to be issues as some people have mentioned with GPS and or camera? Either way thank you for your time and effort….

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      YES IT IS A FULLY FUNCTIONAL FIRMWARE!

  • Chris S

    Once in the recovery mode, what serves as the “OK (Enter Key)” to whipe the cache partition?

    • DennyZ

      home key

      • Evan Edwards

        Notably, it is only the home key on the face, not on the keyboard. I went through everything on the keyboard, wondering what it was (minor trivia: the down and right arrow keys also work as menu selectors).

  • Chris S

    Once I am in the recover mode, what button serves as “OK (Enter Key)” to whipe the partition?

  • Not a Tech Genius

    So, I tried updating and followed every instruction. When i clicked start in Odin, it said “failed”. So I clicked Start again. This time it said neither failed nor succeeded. At that point, my phone was no longer in Download Mode and the screen was completely black. After a few freak out moments of the phone not turning back on, I popped out the battery and put it back in. My phone now has an icon of a phone dots to a triangle with an exclamaation mark in it and then dots to a computer symbol.
    I read the above person who had the same problem but I don’t have access to another computer and my phone is no longer showing up in Odin to retry nor is it going back into Download mode.
    Help!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      try pulling out battery and re inserting the same!

    • DennyZ

      Disconnect the phone from the USB cable, pop out the battery, and then start it back up in Download Mode when restarting.

      If you saw “failed” you probably neglected to remove the “.md5″ from the end of the “.tar” file.

  • yaji

    I cant find the download link in the above post ! What am i missing ?

    • yaji

      oops…found it on 3rd page of the post…sorry to bother :)

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      please find the same in the procedure!

  • Shane

    I’m getting random reboots since upgrade. Anyone else experiencing these?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      which version of firmware you are on?

  • Bellinda

    I put my Epic in download mode, but no matter how many times I connect it, Odin still won’t recognize the phone and the box never turns yellow. any fixes for this?

    • DennyZ

      Be sure you have Samsund Kies 2.0 installed on your computer first!!! When I tried to install without it, my computer said it was connected to “Gadget Serial” and could not find the driver. Once I had Kies installed, it my phone was recognized as soon as I connected it. I found the download for Kies here: http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=172075&t=0&i=1

  • jmuel0184

    I’m having an issue when connecting my epic to my computer it immediately states i have an unknown device, it requires troubleshooting, and windows has stopped the device. i can’t get my phone ready to accept the update nor connect to odin…what can i do to get around this issue?

    Thank you.

    • DennyZ

      Make sure you have Samsund Kies 2.0 installed on your computer first!!! When I tried to install without it, my computer said it was connected to “Gadget Serial” and could not find the driver. Once I had Kies installed, it my phone was recognized as soon as I connected it. I found the download for Kies here: http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=172075&t=0&i=1

  • Abraham

    My usb debugging doesn’t work, and gps issues, also we only do ‘wipe cache’ in recovery mode right?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      any error message?

  • Robert

    My battery life has been severely compromised with this update. I do not know what is causing this, but my battery stats are:

    Android System 63%
    Cell Standby 16%
    Phone Idle 15%
    Wifi 5%
    Display 2%

    It used to be Display, Standby, and Idle were my big drainers with System lagging way behind. I could go 16 hours normal use before my battery would run out with Froyo but now it seems like 8-10 hours of normal use is all my phone can take. Anyone else having this problem or any suggestions? I keep Wi-fi and GPS off unless I am using them, I have Display timeout set to 30 seconds along with low brightness. I do not have any programs syncing and have background data-syncing turned off.

    • Justin

      It could be that you have a bunch of widgets operating. Ever download a SprintID?

  • Jared

    When do I download Gingerbread 2.3.4 Firmware Pack for the Samsung Epic 4G???????????

    • Jared

      where*

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      you can apply this update!

  • turne8

    when i double clicked odin after zipping it, it didn’t ask for a password. when i tried to download on my phone no yellow sign came up and it would not work. i’m stuck. what do you mean changing the file name? can you please guide me?
    thanks.

  • Tharik

    working well, except the rooting. thanks for the gingerbread.

  • Justin

    For some reason my navigation stops working around five minutes. After that, I can’t turn off my GPS to reset it. Do you know how to fix this issue? I also can’t get the protection app to recognize my phone. I updated my PRL and my profile but it’s still not working.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      which firmware you are on?

      • Justin

        2.3.4 Gingerbread. Followed all instructions. It has also started to freeze every now and then.

  • Robert

    I keep getting a fail which then makes it so I cannot start up my phone. I can still go into download mode, but when I try to turn my phone on I get a phone symbol dashes then small triangle symbol then dashes then a computer symbol. The messages from Odin3 are:

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    SPH-D700-EH06-8Gb-REL.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    Odin v.3 engine (ID:6)..
    File analysis..
    SetupConnection..
    Initialzation..
    Get PIT for mapping..
    Firmware update start..
    Sbl.bin
    Complete(Write) operation failed.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)

    Any help?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      check with another PC, are you having the admin rights?

      • Robert

        What I found to be strange is that I did not have to use a password to unzip the file. I am on Windows 7, I just ran through the program again (this time running as Administrator) and I received the same error. Once I get to another computer I will try this again.

      • Robert

        Well tried it on a different computer, ran it as an administrator and it worked! I have no idea why the other computer didn’t work nor do I care that much. Thanks for this update!!

  • Ivan Milos

    I cannot find anything called “Access Point Names” under Mobile Networks. I know you mentioned that all will be under Wireless and Network, but it’s not there.

  • Jim

    I live in the US and Kies is not supported for US devices. When i tried to connect, Odin does the first part, but then I get an error message I cant’ understand because it is a foreign language.

  • Blaine

    When i plug my usb cord in while in downloading mode it keeps saying the device is unrecognized on my computer. what do i do?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      turn off the USB DEBUGGING FROM YOUR PHONE AND THEN RE TRY!

  • John

    well that stinks…any idea on the next version?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it will be updated on androidadvices.com once it comes!

  • John

    I was able to update to Gingerbread with no issues. The program works great except when I use the internet and want to go to the previous web page I push the back button and it exits out of the internet app. It did not do this in the previous android system. Any ideas how to fix this problem?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      its normal, if you press the back button then the Internet explorer will b closed!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      it will be fixed in the next version!

  • Jim

    Nothing happens after this….

    Enter CS for MD5..
    Check MD5.. Do not unplug the cable..
    Please wait..
    SPH-D700-EH06-8Gb-REL.tar.md5 is valid.
    Checking MD5 finished Sucessfully..
    Leave CS..
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 0)

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      check with the restarting of pc and phone and then retry the update process!

  • Tony

    Did anybody lose all their contacts?

  • joel

    issue has been resolved. as usual this worked like a charm! thanx

  • joel

    and may i add that it’s stuck on modem.bin

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      Check with the USB Read / Write access!

  • joel

    using windows seven, the light you have as blue is green, plus it’s taking over half an hour to download. normal?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      its very unusual that its taking long time, have you tried restarting the phone and pc?

  • Orle

    when entering recovery mode, do we only clear the cache or do we also select clear data/factory reset?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      You need to choose both the options!

  • Nick

    is this update going to be the official release or are they still working out the kinks in it….. and so if i update my phone and it don’t work like it should can i re-install the previous version

  • Brad J

    Neil,

    These instructions are a perfect example of pure awesomeness!!! Thank you for such a great service you’ve provided here. My flash went perfectly, and I’m off and running.

    THANKS AGAIN!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      thanks brad! :)

  • Luis Marquez

    where do i find the APN number i went to mobile network but couldnt find it only found 3g data, data roaming, data roaming guard, and system select where is that access point names??

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      all will be there in the Wireless and Networks!

  • Mando

    I’ve been having mostly battery issues. Once it’s fully charged (With the blue light indicator), I think it just stops charging. I’ll unplug it, then next thing I know, bam, battery is at 60, 70, sometimes 80%. Also, the GPS is giving me some issues. Anyway to fix these bugs?

  • Luis Marquez

    is this process of update consited as rooting your phone i mean i just want to know if by doing this im loosing the warranty right i have or do i still being cover by the company for future problems or am i loosing all my rights?????

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no, it doesnt mean rooting!

  • Kody

    Is there anyway to download this using a macbook? I don’t have a windows computer. If not, then I guess I just need to wait until it comes out OTA. Let me know. Thanks!

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      no kody not as of now!

  • Scott C

    I go down to settings…Mobile Networks and I do not see any Access Point Names. I am on the Sprint Network, is that applicable to my phone, or is it a ATT (GSM) thing? Thanks for the help.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      yes you can update!

      • Scott C

        OK, I understand that I can update. My question is concerning the APN # that I can’t seem to find. Is that relevant to Sprint phones and I simply can’t find it? OR, is that an ATT thing and I don’t need to worry about it before I begin the update process? If I need not worry about the APN, is there some “sprint variation” that I should look for and document to prevent the dreaded brick? Everything else seems fairly straight forward. Thanks again for your help.

    • Scott C

      But do I still need to find the Access Point Name, or something else for my sprint phone?

      • Scott C

        or, do I just need to backup everything, throw caution to the wind, and charge away full tilt?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          yes, charge to the full before updating!

      • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

        contact the service provider for the Access Point!

  • pablop

    Can this updated be root after installation in Samsung Galaxy S 4G sprint?

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      we will soon come up with the rooting article!

  • kiran

    When I clicked on Start in Odin 3.. It says failed, the device was detected before.

    Now my Phone stuck at a triangle with an exclamation mark or has 0kb after flashing.

    Please suggest what do I need to do.

    Thanks a ton.
    Kiran

    • kiran

      I renamed the downloaded SPH*.tar.md5 to SPH*.tar and that worked fine.

      Command line in windows:

      rename SPH-D700-EH06-8Gb-REL.tar.md5 SPH-D700-EH06-8Gb-REL.tar

      And it worked fine after the file rename.

      Please change the file name and re-upload the above zip file.

    • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

      whichv ersion of firmware you are on?

      • Kiran

        I have figured it out .. I have renamed the file SPH*.tar.md5 to SPH*.tar and that fixed the issue. Successfully updated to gingerbread.

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          glad to know that the issue is now resolved!

      • Matt

        its been at factoryfs.rfs for a long time is this normal?

        • http://twitter.com/pradeepneela NeaL Pradeep

          remove the phone and then retry!

  • Matt

    I started the Odin3 and got to the point where i started the update and Odin closed on me

  • Ryan

    No problems so far, and everything looks great. Haven’t noticed any major changes yet from EG22