Are pigs flying? Samsung Droid Charge getting Gingerbread update now

Are pigs flying? Samsung Droid Charge getting Gingerbread update now
The other day, we told you to expect Verizon to push out the long awaited Gingerbread update to the Samsung Droid Charge on Tuesday. After a one-day delay, we are happy to let you know that the Samsung Droid Charge is now rejuvenated with Android 2.3 aboard. While the new firmware might make the phone feel new, despite the 4G connectivity through Big Red's LTE pipeline, the device has a single-core 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood which still puts it behind the curve.

We've already gone through the changelist, but we can touch upon the highlights like the new Download Manager app which does exactly what its name implies. The update adds improved power management, a new UI and some new widgets. Those are seen in most every Gingerbread update. There are also improvements to security on the device along with better microSD card encryption.

The Android 2.3 update can be installed automatically or you can push it manually. To do the latter, you first need to check "Settings" on your phone to see if the Gingerbread update has been delivered to your Samsung Droid Charge. If you haven't received your portion of Gingerbread yet, don't worry. Verizon has set that the update could take as long as two weeks.

source: DroidLife

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Droid Charge
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1600 mAh(11.00h talk time)

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26 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i got it yesterday and it's pretty great.

11. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Is it touchwiz 4?

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

not it\'s like a 3.5.

2. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

It only took a year for it to get GB after GB was released. Too bad its already obsolete.

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Charge hasn't been out for a year. more like sense April.

5. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

may 15th i believe, my wife picked it up somewhere in mid may and it was only out for a couple days.

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Obsolete? Not for a single core phone it isn't... Try again...

9. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

What iamcc said in comment 7. Despite being a single core phone, a 4.3" Super Amoled Plus display and Verizon's LTE make this thing less obsolete than most phones out there. Plus, there is something like a 100% difference between 6 months and a year, so yeah. A little off there.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

not to mention that it has SA+ the only thing this thing doesn't have is a dual-core processor and more RAM.

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Someone needs to work on their chronological skills. Droid Charge is only a few months old. But you're right, it is already obsolete and that's saying a lot since it's made from Samsung, a company who's notorious for taking forever to update their devices.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it\'s certainly out of date but not obsolete. as long as the Charge can use Verizon\'s 4G LTE pipelines it\'s one of the best of it\'s class, if not THE best. that said it is true that Samsung is notoriously bad about updates and the sad things is this was probably quicker than most of their Galaxy S Gingerbread updates...

4. krysis

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

it only took 6 months since the phone was released. compare that to say, the thunderbolt that received it 7 months after it came out. see? samsung doesn't suck THAT much at ota's.

6. hannaahh19

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

I want it pushed to my phone! I got mine the 15th when it came out! Waiting stinks!

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

GB is awesome - my captivate became nice smooth running - now running FUSION KK4, for the kids to play with. I hear Moto/Verizon is better with updates than Sammy/.AT&T....looking forward to some razor-cutting ICS goodness by end of year.

10. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

6th months for an already old update....?

13. Tez31087

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Still waiting on the update!

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just do a manual update.

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Or get a better phone, preferably by someone who actually cares about getting updates out on time.

22. Tez31087

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

how to do it manually?

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

20. jtseals

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Device Bill Plan Account Apps, Software & Media Software Update: DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG - COMING SOON! Benefits of Software Upgrade (*PDF) Benefits of downloading and installing the new software enhancements. Software Update Instructions (*PDF) Download the latest software for your DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG Go to Support *To view the PDF, you may need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. i wanna know to the people who said they have got it how when you look online at verizons site it says coming soon

21. alkspa

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Any idea if GB will help with battery performance? I think that is a big drawback with my Charge.

24. wireless1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Got the update a few days ago.. So far no flaws! Software runs smooth and my benchmark score went up!

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah it should finally be using that ext4 file system now.

26. countrycoyote

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Rooted running GB 2.3.6 EP4, debloated using Fileslick, installed CPU Master overclock, Autokiller Memory manager & the battery runs all day moderate use no charging necessary.

27. countrycoyote

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

Just loaded Humble 5.0 on Gingerbread 2.3.6 EP4P with HumbleComb theme, V8 Supercharger, imoseyon 4.0 battery runs well, very snappy, looks clean, no overclock as it's not possible yet being the source hasn't been broken but 1000 Mhz on the clock is enough. I really recommend the Humble environment. It runs smooth.

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