With Gingerbread source for the DROID Charge getting released this morning, it was only a matter of time before the official changelog was posted. We told you we would keep an eye on it, and sure enough, it’s live right now.
If you are new to Android 2.3, just know that this will improve the performance of your device immensely. You won’t find a ton of new features, but the overall stability and speed increases will be instantly noticeable. If you have been frustrated over the last couple of months, get ready to love your phone again.
The update is 119MB in size and will leave your phone at build EP4. No word on when it will be released, but rumors floating about are suggesting that November 29 is the day.
Full changelog after the break. (more…)
The DROID Charge and Samsung Fascinate are essentially Verizon’s last two phones that should be running Gingerbread (Android 2.3) yet for whatever reason, are not. It’s no secret at this point that Sammie is one of the worst when it comes to updating their phones, but there may be light at the end of this tunnel. Source for the Charge’s GB update has been posted as build EP4D, which is a pretty good sign that we could see it roll out any day.
We have looked in all of the usual places for support docs and came up empty. A rumor floating around VZW’s forum suggests that the update may roll out as early as November 29 though. We’ll continue to monitor it all.
And if you were interested in grabbing the source, hit up this link and search for “SCH-I510.”
Another unofficial Gingerbread build has leaked for the Samsung DROID Charge and after 4 days of testing, @P3Droid says there seems to be no issues with it. Win. For all you brave souls who own a DROID Charge and want to taste some Gingerbread, follow the link down below and give it a go. There is a chance that this is the final build, but we won’t know for sure until Verizon makes it official. Don’t forget to make backups and read all the directions.
So as of Friday, Verizon cut the price on the DROID Charge all the way down to just $199 on contract. Anyone wondering why? I’d say it’s because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is only a couple of weeks away and is reportedly the Charge’s replacement. (We know in the grand scheme of thing that it is much more than that, but it’s model number makes it look that way.)
It’s pretty well known around these parts that the next Nexus is headed to Big Red first as the SCH-I515. And of course, with the Charge being the SCH-I510, it only makes sense that VZW would look to move all remaining stock since there will be no reason to purchase this phone once the G-Nex is out.
For those of you looking at a phone with a beautiful Super AMOLED Plus screen though, you may want to…well, I can’t in my right mind tell you to buy this phone now, knowing what is coming. A leak to our inbox pegs the G-Nex for a 10/27 launch, but that date could easily change over the next few weeks.
Cheers to everyone who sent this in!
The good people over at My Droid World have just blessed the DROID Charge community with another Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), build EP1W. Flashing isn’t all that difficult if you are comfortable with Samsung Internal Flash Utility or using Odin. But as always, be sure to read instructions, and be safe. We would feel really bad if you end up bricking your device.
We should mention that there was talk of an official release for the Charge back in August, but that has long gone now. For downloads, and instructions, feel free to click the via link, down below. Who here is rocking the Charge? Rooted? Unrooted? Let us know.
According to a new report, the cost to end users of 4G LTE devices could drop significantly by the second half of 2012. A number of chip manufacturers are said to be ramping up production from now through the early parts of next year which could lead to prices well under what we have seen thus far from companies like Verizon. As you know, Big Red’s 4G LTE phones all debuted well above the standard $199 subsidized contrat price – some of them even as high as $299 (DROID Charge). We would certainly welcome in a price drop, even if the 2nd half of 2012 is still a ways off.
With that said, the Bionic is still going to be $299. Bleh.
It’s still a work in progress, but to the DROID Charge owners in the building, you will be pleased to know that CyanogenMod 7 is inching closer to your phone. A team is in place and has booted it, but we are still a ways from it being ready for public consumption. In fact at this point, they are only listing the things that are working since that list is much shorter than the non-working one. This is still a good sign though. As this device gets closer to a more stable build, you will be the first to know.
Cheers Mark and SonicSayz!