We've seen a couple new Ice Cream Sandwich builds leaked out for the Sprint Epic 4G Touch, and that makes us happy. It means someone is hard at work making this happen, nobody has forgotten about these great phones, and eventually ICS will show up for everyone that has one. But it's also easy to see why it's not there yet.
We love seeing leaks, and we try them, too. It's a fun part of Android, and having access to something a wee bit early appeals to the nerd in each of us. But when Sprint releases the ICS update, it has to work for everyone. That's why it hasn't been released for the E4GT just yet -- it's simply not ready for prime time. Some folks are seeing problems with the data connection, others are seeing issues with MTP, issues with overheating are being reported, and some general wonkiness is still going on. To make matters worse, some folks seem to have no issues at all. When you take user error out of the equation, you're left with a piece of software that acts a bit different from one device to the next. That's the sort of headache software developers have to deal with on a daily basis, and that's why it often takes longer than we'd like to see the latest version of shiny and new hit our phones.
The past couple of builds are great fodder for the ROM builders and hackers. If that's how you roll, you'll be seeing some new goodies from your favorite developer soon for your flashing enjoyment. If you're not that type, the news is still good -- Samsung and Sprint are hard at work, and aren't going to release anything to the public until they think it's ready. That's the way it should be.