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DROID Charge Update Approved by Verizon – Includes Face Unlock and Removes a Ton of Bloatware

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One of the original 4G LTE devices on Verizon’s network, the Samsung DROID Charge, will receive a new update in the very near future to build FP8. Verizon actually approved the update last Friday, but was the last thing on our minds after the Galaxy S4 event. So, four days later, we are letting you know!

In the update, users will find face unlock, a new photo editor, Recording Snap Shot, and Vector Font. They’ll also see a ton of bloatware removed, like Rhapsody, Blockbuster, Tunewiki, VOD, and Mobile Instant Messenger.

The update is 20.4MB in size.

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  • VerizonSucks


  • smh

    What happened to the timer? They changed the clock and alarm and the timer has disappeared

  • karch1

    I agree, bloatware not removed. New apps are added though. Is there any news of performance updates with this change or where to actually find all of the specific change details?

  • Robert

    For all those cryin’ that the bloatware was not removed… try to first uninstall any installed update for those apps and then reboot your device. GONE! Verizon did it right… if you updated those apps, there may be a chance you are using them.. so why forcefully delete them?

    • Happy Charge Owner!

      Thanks! Worked like charm!

  • Lisa

    Is part of this update an irritatingly huge font being used when you type in a text message? I can’t change it and it means a four word message takes up the entire message view field.

  • Michael South

    So, many of you probably notice that it appears that the
    bloat ware isn’t gone. But, if you go to settings-applications-manage
    applications and click on the bloat ware and attempt to uninstall, you get an
    error and the bloat ware disappears.

  • Xrktz

    Anyone thinking about ditching their SCH-i510 needs to check out the latest version of Tweaked. It is a custom ROM based on stock that is fast, stable, efficient, and highly customizable. It is far better than anything else that I’ve run on this phone, including stock. I it is also one of the only ROMs still actively supported. I was ready to pay full price for a new phone and I found Tweaked.

  • Ammy

    Didn’t remove the pre installed apps

  • jrs

    It didnt remove any bloatware.

  • I just restored my Charge to factory settings (from root) over the weekend (March 17), and it took 4 updates quickly. I then found I had FP8. My daughter’s Charge got the update this morning (March 19), but she still has the bloatware and doesn’t have the photo editor. Very odd. Not sure what the Vector Font is or is for.

  • flosserelli

    I’m sure all 12 people still using this phone will be thrilled.

    • Michael South

      Who let the 15 year old girl in here? Isn’t there a prom committee
      meeting you should be attending?

  • Raj

    Lot of Verizon updates. I’m getting really scared…

    So far: Galaxy Nexus, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, Droid 4, Samsung Charge, Droid Razr HD, Droid Razr HD MAXX, Droid Pro

    • endurotech

      And Thunderbolt, Charm, Incredible, Incredible 2, Droid DNA, anything else?

  • cns2007

    Isn’t this like the second or third phone they’ve removed bloatware from recently? I think they removed some from the HTC Rhyme too. What’s gotten into them? And please continue this practice.

    • Paolo_Ozaraga

      When I got the Jelly Bean update for my Razr Maxx, they removed a bunch of bloat (although they also removed the Blur alarm clock, which is the only thing I really liked about Moto’s software offerings). I guess enough customers complained about it that they just decided to let it go

      • duckmanbill

        More likely, the app developers stopped paying off verizon to force their shite on us.

    • Anon

      I’m guessing they removed bloat that is relatively obsolete, and/or doesn’t serve a purpose.

      It’s not like you ever see VZW going “Oh, by the way, we removed VZ Navigator, because you guys have Google Maps/Navigation which is better and free!”

  • Siege

    Damn. Now I have to flash back to stock. :/

  • tomwhite86

    Still waiting on my Droid Eris update…

    • Tim242

      You might just get lucky haha

    • Scott Bigelow

      google the following for you Eris –> [ROM][AOSP] 4.1.1 JellyBean | Evervolv-Eligo | 3.0.0p2 | 8/26/12

      • Siege

        Now I wish my Eris were still functioning properly. I can’t get the damn thing to to a factory data reset

    • tomwhite86

      Joking about the Eris by the way. Loved the phone as my introduction to Android but have long since dumped it. Was painful to use at the end even with a custom rom.

  • Warwick

    Samsung’s stepchild.

    • Captain_Doug

      with red hair… Wait, that’s the Continuum.

  • Tim242

    So Verizon has been sitting on updates and decided to fire them all out at once. Better late than never I guess.

    I’m carrier update free since 2010. I like controlling my own updates. Thanks devs!

  • mike

    Who still has one of these?

    • bananatroll

      the uninformed?

    • My sister in law lol

    • WalkerNA

      Unfortunately, me.

    • rich

      My great grandmother! Lmao

    • Still using one. I only bought it to lock in unlimited data since it launched shortly before the switch. My 2 year just ended so I am actually eligible for an upgrade now. I will probably end up with the S4 since I don’t know if I can wait much longer to grab a new phone.

    • Michael South

      Well, according to sale figures a few million. And since the
      phone is only 2 years old, most probably still have it since they are locked
      into 2 year contracts. So the real question is, why do you care and how come
      you can’t figure this out on your own?

    • Kimberly Burgess

      I do. Tethering my Nexus tablets lets me suck up this phone’s quirks. Had the Nexus 4 come to Verizon, I’d have switched already.

  • DJyoSNOW

    After four replacnents some right out of the box, I gave up and am leery to buy a Samsung again since I got an HTC DNA which works just fine and is above average.

    • Kimberly Burgess

      On my second Charge, leery of Samsung as well. I like my Nexus 10, but think I am a Nexus only user now. Charge exists only to take pictures, tether, and send/receive MMS.

  • Mario

    I got this update last night on my Droid Charge..

  • zepfloyd

    REMOVE Bloat?!? Is this release scheduled for April 1?

    • [email protected]

      bloatware not removed after update – fyi. Still there.

      • alum

        yup, still there. So they just flat out lie about updates nowadays, lol.

        • derp derp

          Uninstall the updates and restart. I had to restart twice. They are not on my phone.

  • I guess Verizon finally got bored of swimming around in their money bins so they went back to actually pushing out updates…

  • ChristianJohnson

    What’s with Verizon updating so many of their devices recently? This is out of character…the apocalypse must have started.

    • Robert Delaney

      See Motorola. See Google. See Verizon playing nice with the world’s number one operating system owner.

      • chris125

        What does updates to most non moto devices have anything to do with Motorola? Or even google for that matter

        • Robert Delaney

          Droid Charge. Droid Razr. Droid Razr Maxx. Droid 4. Those are Moto devices and Google bought Motorola.

          • AMPthe13th

            Droid Charge is Samsung. Seriously.Look just above the keys on the image at the top. Sammy device. 😛

          • Siege

            Er. The Droid Charge is a Samsung device.

          • Anthony

            See post. See image in post. See manufacture on front of phone. See samsung… Better luck next time

          • chris125

            What about the lgs that got updated, or the galaxy nexus, or the other Samsung/htc devices? All not moto. You picked a few out that are Motorola but are still less than half of the phones that recently received updates

          • alum

            Charge = Samsung, I have one.

  • Thomas

    Why no ICS though ? I don’t get it

    • sadfads

      ICS was designed to only run on dual-core hardware. the charge is not.

      • Nope, ICS was released to the Nexus S officially and its a single-core 1Ghz with 512MB RAM… just like the Charge.

        • T4rd

          Yup, the Charge and Nexus S are both Galaxy S derivatives. I’m not sure of the Charge’s internal memory size though, I think that’s what kept the other Galaxy S variants from getting ICS (internal memory was pretty limiting).

          • Yup. I think the real problem is there isn’t enough space to cram TouchWiz in there + ICS + the bloatware.

          • Funny because there is a CM10 build for our phones, just no data.

        • Thomas

          Thanks for the clarification. I knew that didn’t sound right.

        • AxemRed

          Most OEMs have been reluctant to release ICS for their similarly-specced devices. I suspect that the hardware can handle ICS by itself, but it can’t handle ICS + Touchwiz + preinstalled bloatware very well.

          • Tech Pro

            If HTC Thunderbolt can do it, Samsung Droid Charge should be able to do it. Either Samsung does not want to do it or Verizon told Samsung don’t bother. HTC spent big efforts and resources to jump through many Verizon hoops to push ICS to Thunderbolt. Probably not a wise business decision.

          • Anon

            I believe the Thunderbolt has 768MB of RAM. Most vendors aren’t releasing ICS for 512MB phones.

      • Geoff Johnson

        Thunderbolt isn’t a dual-core.

    • DJyoSNOW

      Its not for users to understand??

  • chris125

    Well damn Verizon is on a roll lately with updates lately, what has gotten into them? If only they could stay like this with future updates

    • Robert Delaney

      Notice it’s mainly the Droid line. From Motorola. Google’s new company. I think now that Google is taking full reigns of Motorola, Verizon doesn’t want to lose Motorola / Google business so they are playing nice for a change.

      • chris125

        Except majority getting updated were non moto, non droid branded devices.

      • WalkerNA

        Sorry bud, this is a Samsung device. Trust me, I unfortunately own one.

        • I do, as well. Terrible impulse buy. I should have went with the iPhone 4 at the time… lol

          • Haroon Dar

            had no choice when i bought mine it was this or droid x2 and i did not want 3g currently running tweaked

    • noc007

      Doubtful, but I wonder if they somehow got the message that their customers are not happy with all of this feet dragging. I say doubtful since they come off as customers are an unfortunate necessary evil to making money. I hope this is a sign they’re working on actually caring; my contract is expiring and I’m looking to move to a company that has better pricing and actually wants my business.

  • Damian

    I got rid of my charge almost a month ago, and I don’t miss it..

    • Sam

      I’m surprised you’ve had it this long without killing yourself. That phone is unbearable.

      • Damian

        If I said laggy, it doesn’t do it justice

        • Haroon Dar

          u should have flashed it there r roms out there but still waiting on cynogen

  • Tony Allen

    Hell hath frozen over..

  • Jonathan Bunch

    I’m loving that they are removing bloatware

    • bananatroll

      maybe they finally figured out that less crap on your customers devices means less problems translating into less customer support required..

    • jreese

      Hate to burst your bubble… But the bloat ware is still there. My brother loves his charge and received the push last night. Adding the new but did not remove the crap. Fail.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Ooohh FACE UNLOCK! You Charge users are about to be on the Cutting EDGE!

    • DJyoSNOW

      I was sick n tired and bought an app for that lolz oh yeah and out right the HTC DNA still stuck on contract gotta love vzw.