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Samsung Fascinate ED04 Update Rolling Out, Improves Call Quality and OTA Updates

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an update that improved the ability of the phone to receive more updates, but we’ll accept it (any chance that means Gingerbread?).  The Samsung Fascinate ED04 build that’s rolling out now apparently does just that and also makes your call experience more tolerable.  Yeah, it’s minor and all, but how happy are you to see Samsung and Verizon continue to pump out updates to a year old device that seemed to be neglected for so long?  Even I’ll admit that it’s becoming less and less painful to think about buying the Galaxy S II when it lands on Big Red.

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  • Len

    Update didn’t fix call/text issues. Seems to be fluff to keep customers. I’m extremely unhappy with my fascinate now. I have calls and texts disappear into thin air on a daily basis. They need to fix it swap. Its completely unacceptable. I use my phone for work and constantly wondering whether or not a call/text actually went through is stupid.

  • Len

    Update didn’t fix call/text issues. Seems to be fluff to keep customers. I’m extremely unhappy with my fascinate now. I have calls and texts disappear into thin air on a daily basis. They need to fix it swap. Its completely unacceptable. I use my phone for work and constantly wondering whether or not a call/text actually went through is stupid.

  • Guest

    This update was supposed to fix the random incoming call not ringing the phone problem.  Nope.  5 calls to VZW and they say its a hardware problem and are going to swap out my phone with same model.  I’m calling shenanigans  but the tech swears up and down that this new phone will not have this problem.  We shall see.

    • Guest

      New Phone didn’t fix the problems.  Missed calls within an hour of activating it.

    • Guest

      New Phone didn’t fix the problems.  Missed calls within an hour of activating it.

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  • Anonymous

    Hopefully the update will allow WiFi for future updates.  Being forced into brutal download times over 3G is just dumb.

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  • Tyler Vallely

    Improved OTA updates oh joy!!!  I think my Fascinate will be delighted!

  • http://twitter.com/PatriciaErin Patty

    I honestly love this phone. I don’t know why people complain about it all the darn time.

  • Stephen D

    I honestly think they’re trying to improve with updates. The Galaxy S2 has had 4 and the Droid Charge has had 2 already. For the original Galaxy S line, there were separate teams for every one, and then they became one team for Froyo, and with Froyo, all of the devices became more unified and it makes updating easier, and I think that’s why the Charge, GS2, and Galaxy Ss are seeing updates now. If they can manage to update the Galaxy S2 in the states, it WILL be the device of the year. 

    • EC8CH

      Agreed, right now the most important thing in the entire universe is that the GSII becomes available on VZW ASAP.

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  • Pdb23103

    I have updated to ED04 using the flash method, and honestly there is a significant improvement in the performance – runs smoother and is clearly quicker. Unlike previous updates, this one seems to be worth the effort. Running on CommRom 2.0, btw.

  • Interstellarmind

    looks like samsung (and vzw?!) actually listened to their customers complaints… hint, hint, moto

  • Anonymous

    I would think it has something to do with KIES(Samsung Updater) and possibly avoiding that monster at all cost. Also, it is allegedly getting some Gingerbread love shortly:)…but still a few months away.

  • Cpurte1

    Ok, that’s great and all, but what about the Continuum? It’s still running on Eclair (2.1).

  • Rob Meyer

    And update that improves updates? Mind = Blown

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  • http://profiles.google.com/gonnadie4thegov Jeremy Wray

    I really hope the Galaxy S II’s aren’t riddled with problems like the 1st gen was.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThatDudeJC Juan Cuen

    @*droidz* – thats why techs would be great sales reps. unless they are somewhat socially akward.

    @Mr.Joe – lets just say knowledge is required. herp…

    • Mr.Joe

      Considering I have 3 comments here you’ll need to do better then a twitter @.  

      Which one of my insightful comments are you referring to. 

      • Chris

        Ya know, I’ve only been on this site for about 6 months now, but I can honestly say that every time I’ve read something you post Mr. Joe, it’s some smart-ass comment that provides either nothing to the discussion or criticizes the very site you are spending so much time on (i.e. Droid-Life). Not to get political, but I’m a stringent constitutionalist and would still prefer to see your freedom of speech or ability to post on this site revoked. It’s annoying to constantly read your pessimism and negativity and teenage antics. Go troll on some other site, we Droid-Life’rs actually enjoy reading and helping other Android users.  

    • *droidz*

      Man I wish all sales reps would be techs. That would be awesome. Can you imagine walking up to the guy and asking a couple questions and hearing instead of “XX is the best phone out there, battery life? Please this last just as long as any other phone. Those are just rumors. They all have the same ram and processors. Just different cases.” and hearing instead, well update EE4 is rolling out this weekend and fixes this but if you download this app you can toggle 4g etc (I’m sure they couldn’t talk technically about modding… but you know they couldn’t help it

      Unfortunately techs don’t want to deal with the belligerent person who blames the phone for them being a newb…

    • *droidz*

      Man I wish all sales reps would be techs. That would be awesome. Can you imagine walking up to the guy and asking a couple questions and hearing instead of “XX is the best phone out there, battery life? Please this last just as long as any other phone. Those are just rumors. They all have the same ram and processors. Just different cases.” and hearing instead, well update EE4 is rolling out this weekend and fixes this but if you download this app you can toggle 4g etc (I’m sure they couldn’t talk technically about modding… but you know they couldn’t help it

      Unfortunately techs don’t want to deal with the belligerent person who blames the phone for them being a newb…

      • Azeis26

         I was told at my local VZW retailer that all sales reps are being trained to be tech’s.  Just thought I would share

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThatDudeJC Juan Cuen

    this is a piece of shit device. BTW.

    • Stephen D

      Not really. Out of the box it has tons of issues, but if you root it as most people here would, it’s quite awesome. It has the fastest single core cortex A8 CPU with one of the best GPUs and it’s very snappy with a Voodoo lagfix kernel. It also has an incredible screen, a nice and thin profile, one of the best cameras, the best touch panel with 5 multi touch points, and absolutely amazing audio output through the headphone jack, especially with a kernel with voodoo sound and the amp, 3D sound, and hardware equalizer enabled. The GPS also works great with the new radios. And you can watch pretty much any video file, blue ray rips included, and it plays them back hardware accelerated, unlike most other phones, like HTCs. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001992840095 Tj Allen

        No really, this is a shitty device. I had it and came running back to my Droid Incredible everytime I thought I’d give it another shot. DL speeds are slow, GPS lock on works better in 2.2 but still isn’t good at all. VooDoo lag fix is great if you feel that boost in speed is worth filling up almost all of your internal storage. Screen is gorgeous and bright, but like I said, I kept coming back to my Incredible. Camera is inferior to my Incredible, not because i have 3 more MP but because its a better image sensor. 

        • Stephen D

          Have you ever even used one? The voodoo kernels don’t take any internal memory. AT ALL. All they do is convert the file system to EXT4. DL speeds are the exact same as every other VZ 3G phone. GPS has worked perfectly since DJ05 and up. MP don’t matter at all, and it’s a better sensor, it takes better pictures. My friend has an Incredible and I’ve taken the exact same pictures on them, put them on my computer, and looked at them. The Fascinate’s were all superior. 

        • Poopspank

          I own one and it’s really not shitty at all.  Stephen D basically hit all the awesome points with the device. I’ll agree and say out of the box it’s not great, but most people on Droid Life ROM their phones and are willing to put the work in to make the most out of them.  

        • Ckoch0125

          Ha sounds like another who just hates the phone because some people said it sucks. I had the fascinate and the incredible and the fascinate was much better. Better screen,battery life, processor I mean come on atleast be honest with yourself. Not to mention no rebooted like I had with my Inc.

        • Anonymous

          Not really. I have it.  Rooted.  It’s great.  

  • Twofourturbo

    Very neglected phone..

  • http://profiles.google.com/chrisleighton3 Chris Leighton

    Excellent! My parents with their Fascinates were complaining about calls sometimes not coming in.  Hopefully this fixes it and they’ll stop complaining.

    • Mr.Joe

      They won’t.

  • Anonymous

    This phone has so many issues, its not even funny.  

    • Mr.Joe

      OH NO!

      What’s wrong with it?

    • *droidz*

      I like how every Verizon rep who doesn’t know anything pushes them so much as such a great phone… I wish cell phone salesmen knew something. Anything really, about their products.

      • Mr.Joe

        I wish people knew what it’s like to be a sales person.

        It isn’t about lack of knowledge it’s what they want pushed.  If they want you to push this one phone you push it.  

        Don’t like it well there’s the door.

        • *droidz*

          I do know what its like to be a sales person… it generally sucks. Not an excuse for either lying or not knowing how much ram phones have, processor specs etc. I understand pushing a product, though a good salesman will make more sales selling the right product for the person and selling the phone in a way that fits that person if you are trying to pushy and a shady salesman. However it isn’t that hard to know basic specs or at least to have the decency to say you don’t know. I am really pumped about the Sense 4.0 that is on my new Sammy. . . 

          • Mr.Joe

            Try to sugar coat it all you want.  But if your boss says “push the fascinate” you better push it and make it look great.

            You want to find a phone that’s right for you then go online and research it.  Only way to find it.

          • *droidz*

            Hmm, our philosophy was always to sell more product than less product by making the right sale. Referral sales go up, return rate goes down and repeat customers increase. I know this isn’t the philosophy everywhere but if you sell 30% of customers a fascinate (pushed) and sell phones to 40% of visiting customers you come out worse than selling 20% of incentivized products and 60% sales. 

            Anyway, bottom line, phone salesmen should know their product more. (Same goes for half the care salesmen I’ve dealt with too.)

          • *droidz*

            Car*, fail

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001992840095 Tj Allen

            That’s exactly what is giving Android devices a bad name. Pushing off devices like the Fascinate and then when people get frustrated with them, they decide against Android from then on and go to iOS or WindowsPhone.

        • EC8CH

          95% of sales people are idiots.

          If you go to buy a product and haven’t done any prior research expecting to learn everything you need to know from a sales person, you are an idiot.