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Verizon Finally Starts Field Testing Gingerbread for the Samsung Fascinate, Build EH03 on the Way

The screenshot we have included above popped into our inbox this morning from one of our good friends in the industry. As you can see, it’s Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5) for the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon. According to our trusted source, Big Red has finally started “field testing” the software which is a good sign that Fascinate owners may actually see it at some point in the near future. The build number is EH03. My guess, you will see a leak of this build any day now from one of the various Samsung devs in the community.

And of course keep in mind that this build could fail and we could get EH04 or something else. As of now, this is in testing.

Now, if only we could see something for the DROID Charge.

“ZOMG, it’s just a build.prop edit!”

Cheers ___!

  • As you can see, it’s Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5) for the Samsung Fascinate onVerizon. According to our trusted source, Big Red has finally started “field testing” the software which is a good sign that Fascinate owners may actually see it at some point in the near future. The build number is EH03. My guess, you will see a leak of thisbuild any day now from one of the various Samsung devs in the community. And of course keep in mind that this build could ..

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  • Geziah

    I can’t even know what you people are talking about, this phone is AMAZING!  The screen is reidiculous, the camera is more than adequate for a PHONE, and the phone itself is thinner than a Sharpie…sometimes I click on these articles just to read the comments, you all are hilarious!  I dumped the OG for this off eBay and haven’t looked back, I love this phone!  I was planning on only using it until the Vigor came out…and then the Nexus….but who knows, I really have no major complaints about this phone so I will probably keep it, especially if it gets bumped up to 2.3.5 (2.2.2 right now)…

  • Anonymous


  • Tim

    Are they off their rockers? After all the issues with the Froyo update (and the user who they updated to the Charge for free because of it) they are going to try yet ANOTHER update to this rapidly aging device? *shakes head*

  • Anonymous


  • Robert White

    I traded my Fascinate months ago for an X2 when a bad update made it insane & unusable. The choices were this phone, the Incredible 2 & the Droid Charge (cough: Samsung). The only thing I miss it’s that gorgeous screen. Happy to see the hold outs on this phone may yet be rewarded. But no reason to trust Verizon or Samsung again. Sorry Galaxy Nexus.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    HUMBLE ROM 5.0.

    ‘Nuff said.

  • Jim Eakins

    So the fascinate might get GB soon, The Charge who knows, and we are supposed to believe that VZW is not going to jack with the Nexus. Hold your breath people.

  • Anonymous

    This is what you get from samsung lol. This device has been out for almost 2 years and now is getting GB lol

    • Anonymous

      because its outdated so theres no need for updates

      • Anonymous

        Yea but not quite, they would not be sending the update lol. They messed it up with this one.

    • John Pisano

      Release date was 09/10… that would be 14 months, not 2 years… 09/12 would be 2 years. I honestly think people are starting to forget when devices actually came out now….

      • Anonymous

        Close enough 🙂

  • Nitsuj17

    for those few that want it: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1349895

  • OMG, Still no Droid charge GB love.. How pathetic..  I had better luck with Moto

    • John Pisano

      Meh, I have been running the EP4PC 2.3.6 Gingerbread build for the Charge that leaked a few weeks ago, and Samsung finally moved the build to EXT4 instead of RFS and the thing screams. So I’m sure that’s on its way too.

      • Anonymous

        John, do you think our file system on the fascinate will also become ext4 instead of rfs? What I don’t get is why would Samsung only do this for the charge and not the fascinate? I want our phones to scream too.

  • What is a build.prop edit?

  • Earleepa

    Too little too late. I’ll have an ice cream sandwich before I get gingerbread

  • Anonymous

    yay i might be the one of the few who still has this phone

  • Holy crap, you cannot put the words “Verizon”, “Finally”, and “Samsung” in the title of a post.  That’s all my brain sees.

  • Anonymous

    /me checks off both the “fake/build.prop” box and the “This story isn’t about the Galaxy Nexus!” box on his Droid-Life Bingo® card

  • What I want to know is why the battery meter is not the Green battery Gingerbread meter seen on the other Galaxy S phones.

  • Wow, I’m very surprised what the heck lol I was just about to root my phone to EI20/EH09 (Showcase/Mesmerize) until I saw this lol.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you still have this device people? Verizon will basically give you a different device as a replacement if you tell them how much this one sucks. Tell them about the broken GPS and data drops.

    • Mark Christian

      If by “replacement” you mean a refurbished device… And if by a “refurbished device” you mean that you’ll go through hell and back to get a phone that actually works… And if you do go through 6 of these devices, they may consider moving you to a different phone, but you’ll still have to pay for it.  So in 3-6 months time, if you’re looking that far out to get a new phone, sure… Talking to Verizon may do something for you, but the time you spend on the phone with them is likely better suited to mowing lawns as a side job to get money to buy a phone out of contract and tell Verizon to stuff it where the sun dont shine.

  • Bigmack0507

    Ummm.. I know you can rom and theme a phone but… isn’t it odd that there are 5 signal bars on a verizon phone? It just doesn’t look right, but I’m sure its from a reputable source for you to post it on here.

    • Mchlls22

      My Razr has 5 bars too.

    • Dylan Blom

      I have a samsung fascinate running an old version of the gigerbread leak and it has 5 bars

  • im am now a blogger  read the 28th  preorders soon.  
    while this is my prediction for the nexus im really talking about gingerbread updates for phones sold in 2010.
    but trust us well have ics out in 2 months for the phones you buy in november.
    hey mack you think people are believing this.
    of course were verizon they believe anything from us. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hell just froze over….

  • hatethanet

    Another fast, timely software update from Verizon, I see.

  • Booboolala2000

    Happy to have sold my Charge and all its accessories on ebay. went to vzw yesterday and picked up a Razr with the new return policy. Will take back and get a Nexus, i have until the 9th of January. lol. VZW can suck it, they should have pushed out any update to the Charge, anything is better than the current version. The Razr maks the wait much easier. Who knows, maybe the Rayzr will get updated to ICS before any other phone, definately before the Rezound.


      bravo to you. way to stick it to “the man.” bravo…

    • Dmzman

      Is this your ebaY listing? http://www.ebay.com/itm/270850729973 … I too am sick and tired of waiting for the Gingerbread update for the Charge.  The beyond pathetic battery life, the inability to stay locked onto a 4G signal having to turn on Airplane Mode on then off to correct it, randomly dropping calls when you answer them, and the Searching for GPS message that stays on the bottom of the screen when you use the standard Google Navigation are all issues Gingerbread is supposed to correct.  I told VZW if this update isn’t available soon, THEY will have to replace the phone with another model.

  • Fate

    rof eht evol fo doG dluow giB deR esaelp evig su a gnikaerf yxalaG suxeN esaeler etad!


      for the love of God would Big Red please give us a freaking Galaxy Nexus release date!

    • Jak_341

      orb dam u?

      • Fate

        si ti ton suoivbo hguone rof ouy orb? 

        • TROLOLOL

          is it not obvious enough for you bro?

      • TROLOLOL

        bro mad u?

      • Anonymous

        Best post ever!

  • Frank

    I read Verizon and finally and thought it was the nexus announcement. 

    • Duluke

      I got really nervous and excited and almost puked.

      • Pukey McBarf

        As did I. Then I read your post and I puked over the thought of you puking. 

        • Duluke

          No more almost!  Pukechain!


    Like this post if you got excited when reading “VERIZON FINALLY…” thinking it was a release date for the Galaxy Nexus?

    • DroidzFX

      Like this post if you like this post about liking a post.

    • Anonymous

      The nexus looks ugly to thick

      • DeViLFoOt66

        As compared to????? the Razr? cause I’m pretty sure the Nexus is thinner than pretty much every single phone other than the Razr…I could be wrong though

        • Anonymous

          Maybe, but if you put a case it will look thick.

  • Anonymous

    How about that ‘high end’ 4G LTE device, the Charge?

    • March 2014 😉

      • sog805

        if we are lucky…

    • Anonymous

      Go to XDA.  There’s a 2.3.5 and a 2.3.6 leak out there.  Really easy. 

      15 minutes cradle to grave and you’ll have GB on the Charge.

  • Stephen D

    LOL. And JT has had ICS booting and fairly functional for a day or so now. And it’s had leaked builds and CM7 since, what, June? Oh Samsung. 

  • Anonymous

    Will this make it lag less when running stock Touchwiz? When I had it I always used LP.

    • Gingerbread makes Froyo phones feel like they are brand new. It should help a ton.

      • Nitsuj17

        honestly i doubt its any better than ei20 2.3.5 leak (non vzw) that we already have and build roms from…i ll try eh03 tonight and decide if its worth bothering with 

      • And yet Gingerbread is nearly a year old.  And that’s why I’m going with Nexus phone from now on.

      • Anonymous

        How do you mean that Kellex? Will it be faster? I recently got an extended 3500 mAh battery for my Fascinate and that has freed me from having to be plugged in more than unplugged. Really love the length of the charge I get now. Also, I just got an update on my Galaxy 7″ (original version) to 2.3.5 but I can’t really tell what has changed. Any information on that would be appreciated.