Samsung Droid Charge to receive another software update from Verizon
Now a second over-the-air software update (version EE4) at 9.9MB is being rolled out to fix a host of issues, including improved call quality, better battery life, visual voice mail, email folder enhancements, improved GPS performance, and to resolve the issues with the Mobile Hotspot app. Most importantly, the new software is also said to improve the detection of Verizon's 4G and 3G network and also enhance web browser performance, both of which we had issues with during our review, as the device would always drop from 4G to 3G service (even though our area is 4G) and web sites with a lot of Flash would cause the browser to freeze. Unfortunately, we'll have to keep waiting for Android 2.3 Gingerbread to come to the Samsung Droid Charge.
Drop us a line in the Comment section if you get the software update and it improves your phone.
source: Verizon Wireless
1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
got the update yesterday morning. haven't noticed any real improvement. o:
2. Synack (unregistered)
Got the update through XDA. If anything, it made things worse. Performance seems slower now. Mobile hotspot is fixed but who cares, the free trial ends in a few days anyway. This phone will be crap until Gingerbread. It's not faster than my Samsung Fascinate. Sad... because I paid $300 on top of a 2yr contract. Oh well, as soon as the SGS2 comes to VZW it's eBay for the Charge and SGS2 in the mail.
4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3427; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yes I know, that's got to be a kick in the balls to all who were expecting this Samsung Galaxy S II to be 4G LTE. Let's hope Verizon makes the phone be LTE capable, or there will be many people upset at both Samsung & Verizon! It doesn't look good though! Doh! lol
5. skymitch89 (Posts: 969; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
The problem with the update that you got is that it's through XDA. That is not the official update, even if it is based on the official update.
10. Synack (unregistered)
The update was the same exact OTA update that Verizon pushed out. They just zipped it or put it into a flashable Odin file. No changes were made to it.
6. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
With all the issues lte has I am not going to be sad that the gs2 doesn't have lte. How fast and smooth that phone is, I wont even care. What's the point of having lte if you can't truely enjoy the experience when you are infested with bugs?
Even the Infuse runs really well and that's not dual core nor does it have gingerbread. Lets really hope they update it to gingerbread soon because the droid charge needs it bad.
7. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
I don't see the point of LTE right now. Improve battery life, make it more stable, and then ill look into it. Sure its super fast, but whats the point if your phone is dead . My friend ( has the Thunderbolt) and i hung out all day and his phone kept going in and out of 4g/3g, it didnt really last longer than 6 hours. altho his phone is 2x faster than mine..
11. Synack (unregistered)
To you and the person below you:
The Droid Charge's battery will easily last me 2 full days with 4G LTE enabled, data mode on. You might want to consider that. It'll last 3 days with data off. Samsung did something right with the battery management and the 1600mah battery isn't too bad considering the average size battery is 1500 and the Thunderbolt got a measly 1400 haha.
13. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
you NEVER use your phone then because no regular user of their Charge is getting battery life that good.
8. smalltank (Posts: 19; Member since: 26 May 2011)
LG Revo has the better battery side of the 4g phones now..in fact.lasts me most of the day..and I work from my phone doing remote desktop support...charge time us about 2 hours..little better than my 3gs iphone in charging battery..i wonder when lg revo will get its updates
9. Flash (unregistered)
I couldnt even view this site with Java enabled before the update. Way to laggy. Now I can load and view this site with all its flash content smoothly. Scrolling and pinch to zoom is fast and smooth, the update definitely enhanced the web browser.
12. matt (unregistered)
I did this update 3 days ago and so far I already notice that my phone loads web pages faster and everything seems to run smoother. Thanks Verizon :)
14. winfree411 (unregistered)
The 4g to 3g issue is real and a big problem when tryin to use the phones basic functions. I am ready to pay my $35 and return this bad boy for the horrific GPS problem. I am no longer mayor in two venues due to the GPS issue. I am sitting at work in my building and went to check in, and it says my phone thinks I am too far away. My building houses 3,400 people and is a mile long..........how can it think I am not close enough.....Unbelieveable! I don't know if I got an update...but how do you get one. *228?
15. Me (unregistered)
Still think it's a junky phone. Got it today, call quality still sucked after update. Half my apps from other droid aren't compatable.
16. wild willy (unregistered)
Happy with my Charge- have heard that it never will see Gingerbread, that Big Red will go directly to Ice Cream for the next OS. Anybody able to confirm?
17. Droid charge (unregistered)
Droid charge has poor call quality. Return phone only to have same problem.
With a 14 day return policy even if you get a bad phone from Verizon they change you that $35.00 return fee even if the phone is broken, or a lemon.
That sticks that must be how Verizon makes extra money. it is on there extra fees for broken phones they sell you. If you hate the phone they charge you the return fee.
So do not think your getting a 14 day trail for free..... Your not!
Did you ever notice how rude the people r in the Verizon stores?
If you have a problem call comer service they are great, the sales people are only I interested in sales they could careless about your problems once the phone is sold!
Verizon may be the. Best so they say, but the stores you hear about when you hAve problems is true just look at youtube, they do suck when it comes to there costumers !