Fascinate users, Verizon and Samsung have finally deemed your old handset is worthy of some Gingerbread love. The Fascinate is Verizon’s version of the European Galaxy S, and is among the last Galaxy S handsets to get the Gingerbread update. I guess most Fascinate users must have already lost hope that their handset will ever get the Gingerbread update.
According to people who have already got the Gingerbread update, there is a noticeable difference in the performance of the phone. The 3G speeds and the web-browser performance have also improved. The notification toggles at the top of the notification bar have been enhanced a bit, and the Email app now uses a new font and is much more stable and faster. Fascinate owners should also see a noticeable improvement in the battery life of their phone.
The update is being slowly rolled out to all Fascinate handsets out there, and should hit their phone in a few days. Alternatively, users can manually pull the update from Verizon’s update server by going to Settings-> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update’ option.
In all probability, this is the last official software update for the Fascinate from Verizon. The Fascinate won’t be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update officially. For owners who have rooted their Fascinate, they can simply head over to XDA and download and install the beta Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for their handset.
TELUS Fascinate 3G owners, here is some good news for you. Sammy has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their handsets. Considering that the Verizon’s Fascinate is still stuck at Android 2.2 (FroYo), TELUS Fascinate owners should consider themselves very lucky!
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will bring with improvements in the performance and stability of the phone, improved battery life, and an enhanced copy & paste functionality. The poor GPS performance is still present, post the update though. While some have noticed an improvement in GPS signal stability, some reported that, after installing the update, the GPS performance became totally horrible. The usual lag’ associated with the Galaxy S series of phone, due to the RFS FileSystem has been greatly reduced in this Gingerbread firmware as well.
However, majority of the Fascinate 3G owners who tried updating their handset to Android 2.3 via KIES ended up bricking up their phone. Users, who have already installed this update, can follow this method to get root access on their handset.
Readers can find more information about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Fascinate 3G over at TELUS support page.
There has already been a huge controversy surrounding the Galaxy S series of handsets Android 2.2 update in the United States.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S back in September (2010). However, it was only in the 2nd month of 2011 that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for some of the Galaxy S handsets in the United States.
These handsets included the Sprint’s Epic 4G, AT&T’s Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant. Now, Verizon has also decided to release the Android 2.2 update for its Galaxy S handset the Fascinate.
The update to Android 2.2 will bring with it some welcome features including support for Flash 10.2. The general system performance and the web browser performance have also been improved significantly.
Samsung and Verizon have also taken this opportunity to load more bloat ware on the handset, in the form of V Cast Apps and the Samsung Media Hub. The update also aims at fixing tons of bugs. The whole change-log can be found here.
For Fascinate owners, who are cursing Samsung for the delay in the update Please blame Verizon! Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy S in Europe. Whereas, it is still unconfirmed whether the Galaxy S handsets in the United States will get the Gingerbread love or not.