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.
A couple of days ago, Samsung and Sprint started rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Samsung Epic 4G. Today, AT&T has announced that they will be rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Captivate handset from tomorrow!
However, the update won’t be an OTA (Over-The-Air) one. Users need to use their Windows based PC or a Mac to update their Captivate to FroYo.
As stated above by AT&T, the download link to Android 2.2 FroYo for the Captivate will be posted on their Facebook page tomorrow. Hopefully, the update will be a trouble free one and won’t end up bricking the handsets like the WP7 update did to Samsung phones. Including the Captivate, 3 out of 5 Galaxy S variants will taste Android 2.2 FroYo this year.
Hopefully, Samsung and Verizon will release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate by the end of this month or early next month.
Nearly a week ago, we had reported that Samsung might be intentionally holding back the Android 2.2 update for the Samsung Vibrant in the United States. Since then, another rumor popped up on the Internet that the update is not being rolled out because of a tiff between the U.S carriers and Samsung. Reportedly, that the reason behind this tiff was that Samsung wanted to charge the carriers for the Android 2.2 update, which the carriers did not agree to.
Nevertheless, this news spread like a fire on the Internet and definitely pissed off a lot of Samsung Galaxy S owners along with giving the Korean company some extremely bad publicity. Now, Samsung have sent an email to PhoneScoop confirming that they are not going to charge the U.S carriers for the Android 2.2 update. However, the company did not provide any other information about the Android 2.2 update except for promising that they will provide more details on the update shortly’.
Thankfully, this move from Samsung will at least kill all the rumors regarding the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S handsets in the States floating around the Internet. Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2.1 update for the Galaxy S handsets in all regions of the world except for the States. So I wonder what’s stopping them from releasing the update in the United States.
Hopefully, Samsung will come out clear and tell us the reason for the delay instead of giving a diplomatic answer.
The Samsung Galaxy S series of handsets have been selling like hot cakes all over the world. However, the phones have their share of issues including poor GPS signal and lag’ or stalling’ issue. The modding community at XDA came up with many different lag fixes’ but all these fixes had one issue or another.
However, one of the most talented developers in the Samsung Galaxy S modding scene Supercurio completely fixed the lag issue with his Voodoo kernel‘. Now, supercurio has come up with another awesome mod for the Galaxy S series of handsets Voodoo sound. The Galaxy S handsets are using a Wolfson WM8994 Sound CODEC which is one of the best audio chipsets for smartphones.
However, Samsung did not take the full advantage of the CODEC and wrote a badly coded driver for the chip, which is typical of them. Being a music junkie that supercurio is- he started working on improving the music quality of the Galaxy S devices.
The result Voodoo sound. He released the first version of the mod a few days ago. The first version of Voodoo sound allows users to increase the analog’ sound level by using the Voodoo App. By increasing the analog’ sound level, users will get the best SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) and the lowest hiss possible while playing music on their phone.
Along with this, the first version of Voodoo sound also improves the FM audio quality and the bass on the Galaxy S by a huge margin.
I will suggest all Galaxy S owners to try out the Voodoo sound mod. They simply need to flash any kernel out there for the Galaxy S which has the Voodoo sound patch integrated. They can find tons of tutorials over at the XDA forums on how to flash a kernel on the Galaxy S.
The Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate is getting an OTA update. Before Fascinate owners start jumping with joy thinking it is the highly awaited Android 2.2 update, let me tell you guys it’s NOT. The OTA update is basically a maintenance update and aims at fixing some bugs along with improving the GPS performance of the device. The software update is numbered DL09 and should hit the Fascinate owner handsets over the next few days.
Few of the improvements of this software update include :
- Ability to change the reminder time and alert tone for calendar events
- Improved the update consistency of the feed and widgets
- Music now pauses if you unplug your wired headset or turn off your Bluetooth headset
- Improved GPS performance
- Ability to open PDF attachments sent in an email.
Fascinate owners can find the full change-log here.
Hopefully, Verizon and Samsung will soon release the Android 2.2 update for the Fascinate as well, which users have been longing for a long time. Since
Samsung has been slowly rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo update for its Galaxy S series all over the world including Canada and India. The update roll out has not been a smooth one and Samsung had to pull back its Android 2.2 update in many regions due to buggy firmwares.
However, Samsung has been totally ignoring the 3 million plus Galaxy S variants owners in the United States until now. The company has not even mentioned when they will be rolling out the update in the States.
However, now it looks like Sammy is all set to roll out the update for three of the Galaxy S variants – the Vibrant, Epic 4G and the Fascinate – in the States. Only the AT&T branded Galaxy S variant Captivate and the dual-screen Samsung Continuum are left out from this Froyo party.
The U.S product pages of all the three handsets mentioned before have been updated by Samsung to show that they are running on Android 2.2. The only thing left now for Samsung is to officially roll out the Android 2.2 update for the handsets. Hopefully, all the Galaxy S variants in the U.S will get their Froyo update by January 2011.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets in early November. The Korean company has been slowly rolling out the update to unlocked devices in various regions of the world. It was just a couple of days ago that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Now, Samsung and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for T-Mobile branded Galaxy S devices in the U.K.
Along with the usual KIES release, T-Mobile has also released an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update. However, the OTA update might be delayed so users are recommended to try out KIES first. It is still unknown when all the four carrier branded variants of the Galaxy S AT&T’s Captivate, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and T-Mobile’s Vibrant in the United States will get their share of Froyo love.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for these devices before the end of the year.
Today, Samsung Mobile Canada on their Facebook page has given a time-frame for the Android 2.2 rollout for the various carrier branded Galaxy S handsets. First and foremost, the Vibrant from Bell and the Samsung Captivate from Rogers will get the Froyo love by mid-December.
Lastly, the TELUS branded Galaxy S handset the Fascinate will get its Android 2.2 update in early 2011. The Android 2.2 update for all these handsets will not be released in the usual OTA (Over-The-Air) form. Users need to use Samsung’s KIES desktop software to get the update.
Samsung has already started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the un-branded Galaxy S handsets in many different regions of the world including U.K and India.
Verizon is soon going to release a software update for the Samsung Fascinate. However, this software update won’t bring Android 2.2 with it to the device. Instead, this update will enhance some features, fix bugs and improve the performance of the Fascinate. The software update will be an OTA(Over-The-Air) one with the version number being i500.DI01.
The change-log of the update is as follows :
* Instant notification of Visual Voice Mail messages on your messaging bar.
* Improved syncing between your phone and email accounts.
* Prompt notification when switching to Airplane mode.
* Faster switching to 3G services from 1x.
* Easily search your phone during calls.
* Improved Enterprise Exchange password alerts.
* No Service audio alert removed.
For more information about the update, click here. The update is expected to be rolled out within a few days from today.
Good news for all Samsung Epic 4G owners and modders! Samsung has released the source code of the Epic 4G, which is greatly going to help the modding community in cooking Custom ROM for the handset. The Samsung Epic 4G is the 3rd handset to hit the U.S in the Galaxy S series from Samsung. The first two being the Samsung T-Mobile Vibrant and the AT&T Captivate. The fourth and in all probability the final addition to the Galaxy S series will be the Verizon Fascinate.
It is mandatory for every manufacturer to release the source code of every Android handset they release except for their customizations. This open source code will greatly help the developers in modifying and pushing the Epic 4G’s hardware to its limit. Interested users can download the source code from here.