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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I just got it now, Staten Island New York

  • 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.

  • Dmzman

    To add insult to injury, Gingerbread was released TODAY for the Samsung Fascinate.  All Fascinate owners are already claiming to have gotten the OTA update.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m getting more and more pissed off at Verizon by the minute.  Like I said in a previous post, EVERYBODY CALL CALL CALL AND HOUND THE SH|T OUT OF THEM.  DON’T GIVE THEM A MOMENT’S PEACE!!!

  • Dmzman

    I say ENOUGH ALREADY!!  Every one of us Droid Charge owners needs to barrage Verizon with calls complaining about this ongoing charade and demand they get off their asses or we’re all going to demand newer models with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  Call them now!  Call them RIGHT NOW!!!!  Here’s you’re script from the movie NETWORK once you’ve told them why you’re calling: –> , “I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!”  Advise them Samsung has already released the source code on their website (which they really have).  I think we all agree this nonsense has gone too far for wayyy too long already.  United we stand!!!

  • Dmzman

    Just got off the phone with Verizon.  Apparently, the OTA HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED yet.  Of course, they 1st tried to point the finger at Samsung as usual, but I never let them get away with that BS.  Every time you call, you get a different answer.  This time, the gal I spoke with said “Any Day Now”.  I told her the gal I spoke with yesterday said it IS RELEASED and could take a few days to hit every Droid Charge on the system.  I made it abundantly clear to her that all us Droid Charge owners are sick & tired of this nonsense and radically pissed off.  I also made it clear that if this update doesn’t hit my device soon, I’m either going to root it or demand a different model altogether that already has Gingerbread.  Of course, that means EVERY OTHER 4G LTE phone offered by Verizon.

    Stay tuned …………………

  • WalkerNA

    From the comments on the Fascinate-Gingerbread release page it sounds like all Fascinate owners are being pushed
    the update at once.  Why are they pushing the Charge update in stages?

    • Dmzman

      The sad FACT is they’re not pushing anything yet for the Droid Charge.  Believe me, we’ll all know it when they do, or should I say at this point … IF they do.

  • Still nothing a day later here in Maryland.

    • WalkerNA

      Same here in Delaware

      • Nothing in Coastal SC yet… This blows

        • Dacmill4

          Nothing in Wisconsin :^(

          • Anonymous

            Nothing here (STILL) in Houston!!!

  • Still waiting in Michigan!

  • 05ponikar

    09:42 AM EST 12/01/11………Nothing in VA yet either…dowloading Odin and all needed files to root this baby as I type this….to $@&# with VZW and Samsung…..lookout Gummy!!!

  • Joecochran1980

    no update for me in wv yet

  • Phillip

    This GB update has got to be a hoax. Don’t you think if it was real, more sites than this would be announcing it? This sucks. Samsung sucks and VZW sucks. I’m rooting my Charge.

  • Spc Hicks09

    Misleading topic. It’s most definitely NOT rolling out to the masses. Maybe 5 people got the update so far lol.

  • Dave T

    Nothing in Nevada yet.  Would really like these manufacturer types to come through for a change. 

    • Spc Hicks09

      It’s Verizon, not Samsung.

  • Dmzman

    11/30 10:10pm ET…. Still playing The Syncopated Clock by Percy Faith
    (the old Late Late Show theme) on the music player in continuous replay
    mode while STILL waiting for the OTA notification as the Droid Charge stays plugged
    into the charger AS USUALLY HAS TO.  The 1st phone I’ve ever had that requires being plugged in more often than not.

  • Dmzman

    11/30 5:10pm ET…. Still playing The Syncopated Clock by Percy Faith (the old Late Late Show theme) on the music player in continuous replay mode until I get the OTA notification while leaving the Charge plugged into the charger AS USUAL.

  • 123

    just check nothing here in Atlanta

  • AZ still nothing.

  • Still waiting in MI.

  • WalkerNA

    Still impatiently waiting here in Delaware.

  • Guest

    http://support.verizonwireless.com/system_update/charge.html

    Still says coming soon…. anyone actually get an update yet?

  • Davet

    media player never quite synced right either, and don’t tell me about double twist, that crap doesn’t sort the files for you or auto tag the incorrect or missing tags.  hopefully this fixes that too where it doesn’t actually sync both ways.  

  • Its about damn time!

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy, bro.
     

  • @2e126516af622720ac99dd86d573af30:disqus l get it….lol.. my buddy’s sister-in-law made $184579 so far just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more here…http://ho.io/p9r8

  • Davet

    The settings> about phone doesn’t do SH!T.  that’s only there for people who already have the update pushed, and if they hit the install later button.  

    • I updated mine manually through my settings and about phone about 30 mins ago…. it does “do SH!T” the update is just released in batches dumb ass..

  • Davet

    So where is the official download link so we don’t have to wait anymore for Verizon?

  • Anonymous

    i hope this fixes the random pausing with mp3 playback

  • “And that puts all of Verizon’s LTE devices on Android 2.3. +1” Just in time to upgrade 4.0!

  • sog805

    Still don’t have it here in So. California…

  • Monty Waggoner

    I’m surprised to see so many stock Charge users. I waited about 3 days before losing the stock firmware. It was slower than my Droid 1 or Dinc.

    • You held out longer than I did; I rooted it as soon as I got it home from the VZW store. lol

    • Spc Hicks09

      Not still using stock, just reverted back to see how it feels to get an “official” OTA lol.

  • Anonymous

    samsung is the mentally challenged horse of the update race.

  • Mctypethings_Gay_lover

    I can’t wait to see what this update breaks.

  • Anonymous

    I have absolutely hated this phone. Writing how broken it is would take me 15 minutes. I would avoid it at all costs. It would be nice if this update can magically fix all if it’s problems, but I am not done installing so I don’t know if it will. 

    • Anonymous

      Ok, wow. MUCH faster response time. The average time to open up my contacts and hit the 4 buttons required to make a phone call would take 15-20 seconds. There used to be lots of lag and force closes, but now it’s very very smooth. I feel like I have a phone again. 

      But still, I paid 700$ for this phone only a few months ago, and it’s barely starting to work decently now? And who knows how long it will run this smooth. In a few weeks all of the bloatware may start to slow it down. Rooting is NOT an option because I plan to take the phone back once the Galaxy Nexus is released at Best Buy. 

      • Obizzle

        Bro, you can unroot, ODIN back to stock and return it. Rooting is the only thing that has kept me sane on the DC.

        Flashing in ODIN is simpler than flashing a hot chick in an elevator. I do both regularly 

        • Anonymous

          Good to know, about the ODIN part. If this new update is a bust I will have to try out ODIN.

          • I’ve tested both rooting, unrooting, and back to rooting using ODIN; and the Charge handled it like a boss. My only complaint is that it doesn’t like CMR

          • Spc Hicks09

            I use clockwork just fine. What issues did you have with it?

          • I got recovery working, but when trying to flash a backup or another ROM using CMR….brick. lol

  • No GB update yet here in MD on my Charge.

  • Anonymous

    What the hell? A non Nexus rumor related post on here?

    Holy hell maybe the dark times are almost over…..

    • Anonymous

      Count the posts from the last week and then count how many of.them.refer to the most anticipated device of the year. Get a little perspective.

      • Anonymous

        Then count how many irrelevant references and comments of the Nexus on those non-Nexus posts….yeah.

        • Anonymous

          So, because the people who comment make stupid irrelevant statements, you criticize the blog as a whole? People come.here for breaking android news. The GN is the biggest news at the moment and has the most breaking news/rumors. That’s why there is a larger amount of stories on it. L

          • Anonymous

            When did I ever criticize the blog? I was referring to some of the users, not the blog itself.

          • Anonymous

            The original.comment I replied to was about the whole blog.

  • Anonymous

    So what’s the new color scheme?

    • Obizzle

      poop and pumpkin. 

      just a tad more neon green to spice it up.

      yep, a poopy neon green pumpkin…spicy!

      • Anonymous

        LOL thanks!

  • Kalric

    Rooted (shhhh), so I have to flash back to OEM…but don’t want to if it’s not out for everyone just yet.   No free Wi-Fi hotspot with OEM.   😉

    Ill. -nothing here yet (from non-rooted users)

    • Kalric

      Still patiently waiting…well, pestering the other guys with the non-rooted phone if he’s getting the update notice.

      Still nothing here in Illinois.  /sad

  • Scotty

    No Ginger for me yet.. been checking an nada =[

  • Anonymous

    Wow….at this rate, that ice cream sandwich will be melted by the time you all get it….lol!

    • Kalric

      Don’t think the Charge will get ICS.   I “HOPE” I’m wrong, but as fast as they’re pushing phones out the door (all manufacturers), it’ll be left behind.   Almost like buying a new car…drive it off the lot and you’ve lost 20% of the value in under a mile.   ha ha   🙂

      • Spc Hicks09

        It will get ICS if we ever get some REAL developers on it. I mean come on, even the Eris has a ICS port now.

  • Jak_341

    Fascinate? Anyone know about the Fascinate?

    • If you are rooted, it already has an ICS port.

      • Jak_341

        It is an unrooted phone that is my mother’s. I am not rooting her phone. It’s easier for my life to keep it stock.

    • Kalebsabados

      idk i hope so even this phone SUCKS 

  • Sdg7

    Woah, I assumed this thing already had 2.3. I guess +1 to Verizon for getting all LTE devices on 2.3, but its kinda disappointing it took the Charge this long, considering I’ve heard it was a pretty good device. Plus I thought Samsung got on the ball in terms of updates?

  • Shaunrodriguezzz

    Mine was updated when i woke up this am

    • g-bo

      notice anything impreoved/different?

      • Thelegendofdavid

        Me three. Maybe they found something wrong with the update and decided to pull it. Rumor has it they’ll re release by the time jelly bean comes out
        . Holler!!!

        • Thelegendofdavid

          My comment was directed @aham comment

        • partidroid

          What!? I checked Nina’s phone this morning when I woke up and there it was waiting patiently for me to install… cool but where is the cool old school TV disappearing act? WTH!

  • aham_brahmasmi

    Umm…I still did not get….did the check for system update thing it says “Your system is currently up to date”  🙁

    • George

      Me too

    • aham_brahmasmi

      what the heck….i did not get yet…….

  • Interstellarmind

    no update here in NYC.

  • Got it this morning.

    • gregba

      what are the noticable differences?  Im still waiting for my update.

  • MFG

    Remember how much Kellen hated this phone?

  • Anyone get it yet? Or maybe the manual update?

    • Guest

      You can get the manual update on Rootzwiki.

      • Thank you very much.

  • You seriously +1’ed that all Verizon LTE devices are on Gingerbread? Considering all of them should have released with Gingerbread, seeing as it came out last year in December, I think it’s horrible it took this long. Let’s hope it doesn’t take this long for devices to get updated to ICS.

    • Thelegendofdavid

      It probably will….thats why i have decided to go with googles phones from now on. Nexus will be the first. Can’t wait to get my hands on that bad boy

  • SKINNI

    Finally!!! The Charge is a great backup phone for me. Had no problems out of while in use until i got my Bionic & ive used some since. Probably about to toss the Bionic on CL this weekend & use it until the Nexus drops

  • Anonymous

    ‘Bout damn time!

  • Anonymous

    Finally!