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Android 2.3.4 Leaked For The DROID Charge

The DROID Charge is getting love recently from the guys over at Team Blackhat, including today’s leak of 2.3.4. You can find this Gingerbread goodness for Samsung’s 4G LTE device over at their site where they’ve included instructions for those brave rooted users out there.

The process includes flashing back to previous firmware, receiving multiple OTA updates, then flashing the leak. Worth it? We’ll let you be the judge on that decision. There are two known bugs as stated on the site, including some Market apps not appearing (due to it being a leak), and in some cases music streaming sometimes cuts out. But it does bring a working Netflix function, and full HDMI compatibility.

The overall consensus on this release though, is that 2.3.4 is much more stable than the 2.3.3 leak. If you decide to flash, have fun and be safe. Make backups. You can access the download links and full instructions by clicking the source link below.  

Source: MyDroidWorld

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  • Mneighbo

    Well, I tried this, using Odin, and apparently I bricked my phone. It’s stuck on an image of a phone….!…..computer. Whatever. Going back to my X. 

  • Carlosr

    i rooted my Charge and i love how the response time on the touchwiz is now some apps like mediahub were removed but its a leak. just know guys the leak works and its awesome cant wait for the original OTA 

  • I guess we’re pretty close to an OTA release of GB for the Charge then?  A week … two, three …. any ideas?

  • Abba dalla

    honestly though i have not seen any official releases or information regarding software upgrades directly at verizon wireless(i work there directly). the samsung charge just has more push and the software is being leaked from the developers and not droid-life or mydroidworld or android central or anyone else in these positions. It is definitely great that samsung is working to release updated softwares so frequently because with their other windows and android devices like the fascinate or omnia, which only recieved nominal updates with minor fixes that didnt come through with changes they promised on or just after device launch. If i am not mistaken HTC signed up with makers like samsung to release software at the point it releases from google, but i do not know if it pertains to the past or current devices since the Google i/o conventions.

  • Craigg

    I tried this ROM earlier today and it’s not ready for prime time yet. There are too many bugs. I rolled back to Froyo with Voodoo. It’s just as fast but vastly more stable.

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  • Mneighbo

    I will gladly download this, but I need some decent instructions on how to root my Charge! Rooting my X was super easy. Gingerbreak worked. I have researched and researched how to root the Charge, to no avail. 

    • Rick

      You don’t need to root. It is quite simple if you have used Odin before.
      1. You download all the files
      2. use 7z to unzip the GB file
      3. remove the battery
      4. open Odin and browse to the .md5 file using the pda button
      5. put the phone in to download mode
      6. click on start.

      Once the first block on Odin says pass and the phone screen is turned off. You’re done. Insert in the battery and wait for it to boot. It will take a bit on first boot.

      • Mneighbo

        None of any of the instructions make sense. I put into download mode, and Odin isn’t seeing it. I think I installed all the drivers I need to but nowhere does it say what all needs to be installed, extracted, whatever. So frustrating!!!!

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  • Umm am I the only the one that gets getting the feeling that DroidLife has some type of negative bias against the DROID Charge?!?! …Not cool guys…not cool.

    • Lars

      You are not the only one who gets that feeling.

    • Theantt21

      I feel it too and I am a Droid charge owner

    • sog805

      Agree…this phone is great and is a “droid” branded phone unlike the bolt.  Definitely not getting the love from droid life.

  • Mandafbaby

    i really want to do this but the instructions are no very user friendly. can anyone explain what i have to do in easy terms?!

    • Mneighbo

      I agree! Mos def not user friendly!

    • Kensims82

      It’s too much to explain, but very easy to be honest. Most of the roms flashed thru Odin or the Samsung Utility have root and CWM included. All it requires in placing the file in the Odin 1.3 PDA section, click the start button and let it do it’s thing. It’s a little more than that, but that’s an overview of it. Google “How to flash roms with Odin 1.3.”

  • max

    i hope it has touch wiz 4

    • Rick

      well from TWLauncher the version says: 2.3.4

    • Anonymous

      It’s the same old touchwiz as on froyo, the only difference is that it uses the stock black gingerbread status bar and icons now.

  • Rick

    Another thing does not work is video chat in GTalk is not supported yet.

    Also, it looks like Sammy is using ext4

    • Rnaiyc

      ext4 on this leak is a rumor. it is infact still rfs with no lagfix kernel out yet.

      • Rick

        the last leak I ran, quadrant score was 948 and with this leak I am almost at 1500 in quadrant.

        I am just posting my findings.

        • Rnaiyc

          Open up a terminal emulator app and type “mount”. In the top few lines you’ll either see rfs multiple times or ext4 depending on which it is. I’m on the Team Blackhat leak and my phone is using rfs. I think the quadrant jump is from other improvements in 2.3

          • Rick

            okay, it is still using rfs, 
            For me, I had to look 11/12 lines down to where /system and /data are to see the rfs.

            Wish Sammy will change rfs to ext4, though.

          • Rnaiyc

            Dunno if you check the charge forums over at xda but when a lagfix kernel (will change phone to ext4) hits I’m sure you’ll see it there first.

          • Rick

            I have not been in a month or so, but imnuts said that the ext4 kernel will not fit with the GB leaks. 

            Prior to EE4 I was running the voodoo lagfix, from jt1134.

  • Guest Se

    sammy get gingerbread before htc ?!

    • tjhrulz

      Considering how terrible they have been about updating in the past, I think this is great to be even considering this may happen 

  • *droidz*

    Sweet! Does this mean that we should be getting a legit 2.3.4 update OTA soon?

    I picked up the Charge (despite Kellex’s review which worried me) for $180 and now I’m playing it safe as it could go back for a Bionic (maybe) or SGSII (most likely). 
    Have to say though, overall with the EE4 update it is not laggy at all really. Camera did have some issues going between viewing photos and back to shoot mode hanging up but besides that it is worth it for the battery life and 4G speeds. Just waiting to see if it will stay or not now….

  • Andrewtwood8

    Give me thunderbolt gingerbread. This bullshit Verizon, and you god damn know it.

    • Rnaiyc

      Didn’t the thunderbolt have GB leaks already too? that’s all this is.. in no way does it actually mean samsung would get the update first

    • Hop on the CM7 train. It’s better here.

  • OK, folks, how about Gingerbread for the original HTC Incredible?  We’re two weeks into July and are sick and tired of WAITING!

    Thanks for any information.

    • chmcclellan

      My wife is enjoying Gingerbread courtesy of CyanogenMod on her DInc.  The stable releases are perfect daily drivers and far outperform whatever bloated piece Verizon will beam to you.  Requires root, but if you are sick and tired of waiting . . .

  • just a note it doesn’t require you to flash back to previous firmware. its a full factory tar file.  only have to extract file with 7z and flash it in the samsung flashing utility.  Easy

  • Rnaiyc

    Much better than the old leak, not having any issues. Skype works for me to a pc, netflix works. no FC’s on anything except setup wizard (who cares?). Not to mention silent Dev’s mostly since yesterday means good things to come based off of this