Samsung and Verizon will soon start rolling out a new software update for the Korean company’s first ever 4G LTE compatible Android handset, the Droid Charge. While the update does not bump up the Android version to 4.0 or even to 2.3.x, it does contain some minor bug fixes and UI changes.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
+Updated User Interface.
+Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System
+No longer receive a promotional notification popup when using Mobile Hotspot.
+Device allows for USB tethering while in Wi-Fi mode.
+No longer lose data connectivity when the USB cable is connected or disconnected.
+Easily view data activity with the Wi-Fi icon located in the status bar.
+Complete calls without experiencing choppy audio, clicking noises and/or one-way audio noises.
+Resolved “no tones” dial pad issue, allowing for easy access to voice mail and other automated systems.
Applications & Widgets:
+Receive enhanced customer support with the Verizon Remote Diagnostics (VRD) application.
+VZ Navigator is now updated to version 188.8.131.52.
+The Google Mobile Services package includes updated Google Books, Market and GMail applications.
+ Default browser landing page is www.google.com
+Updates protect device from data loss caused by some 3rd party Android Market applications.
The choppy audio bug was introduced in the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Charge, which was released late last year. 5 months after that, Verizon and Samsung finally have the time to fix the bug.
The update is already being rolled out in stages via OTA, and weighs in about 85MB. To manually check for the update, go to Settings-> About Phone and then select the System Updates option.
Via – Android Police
Droid Charge owners, here is some good news for you. Verizon and Samsung have finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your handset.
The Gingerbread update for the Charge will bring the usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, Power Management details, Improved copy and paste functionality, enhanced security like SD card and device encryption and much more. The change-log from Verizon also states that Charge owners should see an improvement in the camera, GPS, web browser, HDMI output and the audio output of the handset. Most importantly, Charge owners will notice an immense improvement in the performance and the stability of the handset.
The full change-log of the update can be found here. The update is a whopping 119MB in size, so make sure you are downloading the update via Wi-Fi and not via that ultra-blazing 4G LTE network of Verizon.
The Droid Charge gets the Gingerbread just after a year Google announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Good job Samsung and especially Verizon! Charge owners, don’t expect some Ice Cream Sandwich love for your handset,
Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Droid Charge smartphone, exclusively for the customers of Verizon Wireless in the US. This handset originally runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Sasmung Droid Charge features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 8 megapixel camera, 4G LTE Cpnnectivity, etc.
After waiting for nearly 6 months, Verizon finally announced the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update for the Samsung Droid Charge smartphone. The latest update is numbered i510.EPF and it comes with updated calendar option, added security, new download manager, new user interface and so on. Check out the improvements and enhancements after the break.
- New Download Manager
- Enhanced App and Power Management details
- Improved word selection and copy functionality
- New UI
- Added security
- Updated Calendar Option
- “Pause,” “Wait,” and “Password” have been added into the Voicemail speed dial
- Messaging signature added
- Hotspot WLAN password is now encrypted
- Display email attachments from Outlook email
- Software Upgrade Assistant has been added
- The volume of the Low Battery Notification has been reduced
The following device features, applications and software have been improved:
- Audio Output
- Data Connectivity
- Data Usage App
- Email Client
- EAS Email and Calendar syncing
- HDMI Output
- SMS / MMS Messaging
- Visual Voice Mail
- Web Browser
- Video on Demand
It is advised to backup all you data before updating the device. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). You should also make sure that, the battery is fully charged before updating your phone. Verizon is expected to roll out this update from November 29. To learn more, check out this PDF file. To update your Samsung Droid Charge smartphone, head over to this page.
P3Droid is a very popular developer in the Motorola Android phone community. It is due to him, that the Gingerbread update for the Droid X and the Droid 2 Global leaked on the Internet.
Now, P3Droid has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung’s Droid Charge. The update was initially meant to be private for 48 hours, for all the TeamBlackHat members exclusive. Sadly, things did not go as planned, and the leaked file was again leaked on the Internet (Ironic, isn’t it?).
The leaked Gingerbread firmware is based on Android 2.3.3, and is just a beta build. According to P3Droid, the final Gingerbread build for Droid Charge will be based on Android 2.3.4.
Everything works on this beta build, except for HDMI-out functionality. The whole tedious step of flashing the leaked Gingerbread update on your beloved Droid Charge can be found here. The leak is available in two flavours, one with all the bloatware on-board, and the second one with all bloatware removed, and with Netflix app pre-installed.
Oh, and if you want to thank TBH (TeamBlackHat) and P3Droid for his work, you can do so by purchasing this app of theirs.
Verizon has started rolling out software updates for Samsung Fascinate and the Droid Charge. Sadly, none of the software updates will bring the much awaited Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to both the handsets. The updates for both the handsets are maintenance updates, and aims at fixing some bugs.
The Samsung Fascinate software update will improve the incoming call connectivity, along with improvements in the delivery of OTA updates. Yeah, an OTA update to improve OTA updates! The update is around 5MB in size, and carries the version number ED04.
The software update for the Droid Charge will fix the hotspot bug, along with improvements in the performance of the handset. The GPS reception and web browser performance have also been improved in this update. Verizon also claims that Droid Charge owners should notice an improvement in battery life, after installing this update. Some bugs relating to voice calls and email sync have also been squashed.
The EE4 software update for the Droid Charge weighs around 10MB and is already available OTA.
Users of both the handsets can manually download the update by going to Settings->About Phone and selecting the Software Update option.