Reports of FitBit’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Sure, the Force may have suffered a manufacturing snafu at launch, but its replacements, the One and Flex, seemingly sold well enough to justify follow-ups. FitBit announced three new bands today: the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge. (more…)
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.
The FP5 update for the DROID Charge should be available to all owners of the device, right now. As you may recall from our two reports on this update, it’s incredibly minor. In fact, we still aren’t sure what it changes. The changelog for the update is nothing more than a copy and paste job of the FP1 update that was released back in March.
To pull the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates. The update itself is only 19.3MB in size. (more…)
Just over a week ago, Verizon posted a support document, suggesting that a new update as build FP5 was ready for the DROID Charge. Shortly after posting, they pulled the document, replacing it with the previous FP1 update list. We aren’t sure if that meant that the update wasn’t ready or if some other issue arose. What we do know, is that the changelog looks massive, but it’s identical to the FP1 list. This should be nothing more than a bug fixer.
Charge owners, if you see an update, be sure to let us know.
A new update has been approved for the DROID Charge this morning, bringing it up to build FP5. While the document above lists out all sorts of changes, it is actually the changelog from the previous FP1 update, only the bullets have been rearranged. We are assuming then that this is nothing more than a minor bug fixer. If you receive it, be sure to let us know of any differences.
Update: For some reason, Verizon changed the support doc back to the FP1 update from March. We’ll keep an eye on it and see if it changes again with a new changelog.
The update itself is 19.3MB and will likely rollout to everyone within a week. More.
At one point in time, the “DROID” tag was saved for phones that were thought to be the biggest and most bad ass phones on the planet. The tag slowly started to lose its effectiveness with the DROID 2, but officially hit rock bottom when Verizon and Samsung decided that the Charge was worthy of carrying the title. We argued in our DROID Charge review that it had no business under the DROID brand as it was released with a single-core processor and low level specs at a time when dual-core phones were about to rule the “all machines.” Other than its beautiful 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, the Charge failed to impress just about anyone.
As of today, Verizon has apparently seen the light, offering it up for free (originally $299 at launch) and dropping the DROID brand from it. The phone is now known as the “Charge by Samsung” and has been pulled from droiddoes.com. Actually, on its product page, they have yet to remove the term “DROID,” but that will likely happen any day. That is if it lasts that long. Normally when we see a top tier phone drop to “free,” it’s on the verge of disappearing for good.
On a related note, droiddoes.com only includes Motorola phones now. DROID brand about to die or will it become a Moto-only thing going forward? Does anyone care?
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Verizon told us yesterday that other phones besides the LG Revolution would receive their new Remote Diagnostics tool. We sort of expected it to be a bit as they tested the new service on the Revolution first, but it appears now as if the DROID Charge should receive the tool in the coming weeks through a new OTA update. The update is build FP1 and includes an “updated UI” along with a ton of other bug fixes and tweaks to enhance the experience. (more…)
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