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Gingerbread Update for the DROID Charge Rolling Out Now

Are you a DROID Charge owner? Then today is your lucky day. The Gingerbread update that we brought word on last week, is now available to the masses. Simply head into Settings>About phone and check to make sure that it is available. There are a bunch of fixes and enhancements tied to this update – you can find the full changelog here.

And that puts all of Verizon’s LTE devices on Android 2.3. +1

Cheers Randall!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DXDTL7PRXSEQSJ5RREJYVSMWLA Robert

    Did my update December 3rd, data worked fine afterwards but phone would not work, it didn’t even list the phone number anymore.   2 hours at home trying to fix while talking with tech support, then 3 hours at corporate store.  Did factory reset, tried new sim card, nothing worked. Since it was Saturday the manager promised to have me a refurbished phone sent to me by Tuesday or Wednesday (I actually received it on Monday, which was a pleasant surprise).  I had to transfer my calls to my Sprint work phone so I could receive calls.  Phone was fully charged during update, and according to messages everything went fine.  I afraid to update the refurbished phone for fear of having another phone that won’t work as a phone.  I’m afraid Verizon has terrible customer service and depends on their large network for customers.  I won’t make the same mistake again when my contract is up.

  • Joey

    The new update will cripple your ability to tether to a car stereo.  if you like playing your music via a USB to the car stereo DO NOT update your phone.  If you think I kidding then update it!!!!

  • sb

    Updated yesterday. Cannot use my phone — starts up really slow, then freezes, then reboots — repeats….  Seriously flawed.  I am holding off on doing the factory reset in hopes that someone comes up with a fix (I already tried the removing of the battery/sim/sd card – restart method that worked for some).  Any other suggestions?

  • Phillip

    Has anyone noticed even worse battery life after the update? The only way I can get 8 or more hours of battery is if I’m at home using wi-fi.

  • Trusttheman85

    I think i may see some hope for this phone, its not bad now… it was the worst android experience i ever had untill the update… it doesnt take the salty taste out my mouth completely of all the missed calls and freezes due to me doing simple task at the same time… and just crapping out for no reason… but its a great start…

  • EndUser1510

    Got mine this morning.  Much quicker which is nice.  But where are the “new widgets and icons?”

    • zwicker

      Good question!  I was thinking the same thing.  Anyone know the answer to this?

      • Dmzman

        It’s pretty much the same widgets and icons that were already there … with a new look!

        • zwicker

          Do your widgets have a new look?  I get that they are the same type of widgets, but mine look EXACTLY the same.  I was hoping for the newer looking ones on the S II.

  • hawgpapa

    My wife’s Charge is now Skypeable! Update went flawlessly, early this morning in Bakersfield, CA.

  • Betalix

    Got mine somewhere in the early morning, after 6am. All went well. Alexandria, VA

  • *droidz*

    So I downloaded this almost an hour ago and it just keeps rebooting… With people posting times of 35 minutes… this does not look good.

    • *droidz*

      FWIW Factory reset did fix it. Annoying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smorris98 Sam Morris

    Work up this morning in Washington State and checked the Verizon Wireless’ Droid Charge Software Update page (http://support.verizonwireless.com/system_update/charge.html) and saw that it still said “Coming Soon”.  Wandered downstairs, glanced at my phone and noticed it had the update notice waiting for me.  I let it run through the update (no problems) and now the Firmware version shows 2.3.6, and the Kernel version shows 2.6.35.7-EP4.

  • WesMo

    I just updated my phone and  now it just keeps doing the droid start up animation in perpetuity. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • Trusttheman85

      had the same issue… i got my update at 5am and passed out b4 it was, went to sleep and woke up at 10am and the droid boot up was still going!!!! so hard reset my phone and lost all data.. and when it boot back up it was 2.3.6. in tow… kinda blows i had to hard reset but it was kinda worth it… runs better now, but minus all my apps and games, so will test it out more to see if its really changed or just not loaded up. so far so good though, like the changes. makes me not hate my phone

      • Sanchezjaime 9621

        how did u reset it while being in the boot up….cuz mine is still there after 6 hrs

        • WesMo

          I took mine to the Verizon store and they couldn’t even get the hard reset to work. They had to order me a new phone.

          • Lucas

            Yhea the update broke my phone so Verizon is sending me a new one too. Very mad about it!

          • Dmzman

            Didn’t any of you try just removing the battery for a few moments then putting it back in?

  • Dmzman

    About 3:40 this morning, I was waiting for the Sandman so I could fall back asleep after getting up to pee.  Low and behold, the GINGERBREAD MAN showed up instead!  After the update finished, the 1st thing I noticed was a major improvement in speed.  It was like having an old car in grave need of a tune-up that finally got it.  From all the posts here thus far this morning, the roll out to the masses really began in the middle of the night.  I’d now put this phone up against a Droid Bionic head to head.  Rejoice everyone, we have new phones again!!!

  • Cdguylhs

    I got mine this morning. It did take a while to download. Charleston, South Carolina.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pinpin890 Kevin Maghuyop

    I just got it now, Staten Island New York

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Powers/609180570 Charles Powers

    Downloading in Michigan right now!

  • J4

    Just got it here this AM in DC Metro area. Took about 35 mins to total instal.

  • Phillip

    OK then. I was startled awake at 0400 this morning by the brightness of my docked Charge beside my bed with the notice we’ve all been waiting for. Of course I chose the Install Now and 30 minutes later I’m running GB 2.3.6  here in Memphis. So, if it has happened to me (bad luck and all) it should hit the masses soon, hopefully. Good luck to all!!

  • Dmzman

    The Official Verizon Samsung Droid Charge Update Page: http://support.verizonwireless.com/system_update/charge.html …  Still COMING SOON

  • Dmzman

    Just called Verizon again and got another “It’s Been Approved. We Don’t Know When It’ll Be Released, But It Is Coming”.  I responded, “Well So’s Christmas 2014″  The tech responded “Definitely Sooner Rather Than Later”  Seems like no one knows anything specific.  This has really become a complete joke!  Just another daily episode of As The Stomach Turns as the frustration mounts.  Everyone needs to call and hound the ever lovin sh|t out of them, then maybe, just maybe we could put a fire under their Verizon’s ass.

  • Phillip

    I must say that the following has been the best answer from VZW on this whole GB update issue after I sent an angry email to their T/S address:

    Please note that software updates for Droid devices are pushed, in small batches, to devices. There have been no reports of the software update being pulled. Because of this, the update should be sent to your device in the near future. Be advised that when an update is released, the initial push on day one is limited to a small quantity of customers to determine success of the servers and network. Afterwards, the quantity of pushes will be increased until the entire customer base of the device has received the update. You will be notified on the device when the update becomes available.

  • WalkerNA

    Still no update.  I’m starting to think that they have code that counts how many times you check to see if there’s an update for the phone.  The more times you check, the further down the list you are for getting it.

  • Cdguylhs

    I called and asked the Verizon rep about the update.  I told him that the other day the Verizon Rep sent me to Samsung and then Samsung said they sent the update and it was up to Verizon now.  He said that he didn’t see anything about an update.

  • anon

    Interesting, appears that exchange/outlook calendar sync works better.

  • anon

    Woke up this morning and I have the System Update message on screen.  The update is definitely starting now.

    • Phillip

      Please tell us where you are locatred as there seems to be a lot of us that reside in the wrong locations to get this update.

      • anon

        Northen Virginia Area.  Picture as confirmation.

        • Phillip

          Maybe I need to take a few days off and drive east toward the Smokies and get a cabin high in the mountains and kill two birds with one vacation. HAA!!

        • Dmzman

          Funny, that’s the same exact screen I saw for the last update this phone got back in early-mid June a couple of weeks after I got it.  You wouldn’t be pulling our legs now, would ya?

          • anon

            Here is the settings page

          • Dmzman

            OK, I’ll start playing The Syncopated Clock by Percy Faith (the old Late Late Show theme) on the phone’s music player in anticipation in repeat mode until ………….

    • Dmzman

      “Woke up this morning”, the opening words to The Sopranos theme song.  Followed by “Got Yourself a Gun”, the one I’m planning to point at my Droid Charge (or Verizon) if this update doesn’t hit pronto here in the NYC/NJ area.