We’re certainly guilty of dropping the Droid name from time to time; write about the Droid Incredible 2 enough, and it just starts becoming the Incredible 2 after a while. Then again, we’re not Verizon, and we haven’t spent millions developing a highly-recognizable brand. That’s why it’s so surprising to see Verizon apparently taking steps to remove one of its phones from the Droid family, with the Droid Charge now becoming the Charge by Samsung.
The launch of the Charge was hampered by delays, and we didn’t end up getting the phone until the [...]
Last week, we heard a rumor that Verizon subscribers would soon see an eagerly-anticipated Gingerbread update arrive for the Samsung Droid Charge. Things certainly appeared to be ready to go, with Verizon publishing materials relevant to the upgrade on the Charge’s support page. A rumor accompanied that discovery, claiming that Verizon would start distributing the update on what’s now yesterday. Maybe things started-off slowly, because we didn’t hear anything about Charge users getting update notifications on Tuesday, but today we can confirm that the Charge’s [...]
Yesterday, we saw that Samsung had published the source code to Gingerbread for the Droid Charge; problem was, there had yet to be any such update delivered to Charge owners. The fact that the source was now up had us convinced it shouldn’t be much longer before said update finally arrived, dragging the Charge out of the days of Froyo. Today some news suggests the phone’s Gingerbread update will start going out next Tuesday, November 29.
Verizon already has the release notes for the update posted up on its Charge support page; we usually see such a move made in the [...]
Samsung and Verizon have really been dragging their feet when it comes to delivering a Gingerbread update to owners of the Droid Charge. Especially now that Ice Cream Sandwich is out, being stuck back on Froyo really has to sting. It’s not like there hasn’t been progress made behind the scenes; after all, we’ve seen plenty of leaked Gingerbread ROMs, arriving one after the other since the beginning of summer. We’re convinced that the final release is nearly upon us, but while it’s not quite here yet, the Droid Charge has just found itself in the unusual [...]
It’s almost hard to believe that owners of Samsung’s Droid Charge are still waiting for an official Gingerbread update. There have been plenty of leaked Gingerbread ROMs that we’ve seen distributed, but are we any closer to the final build? We can’t say for sure, but as you wait it out, there’s one more new ROM to take for a spin, with the release of leaked Charge build EP4P.
The good news is that everything in EP4P looks to be functioning properly. If we didn’t know any better, we’d take that as a sign that a formal release would be [...]
If you are into buying a 4G LTE phone on Verizon then Amazon Wireless has got you covered. Both of these phones, one from HTC and one from Samsung, are listed with a great price and can be yours if you are willing to sign a two-year contract with Big Red.
The HTC Thunderbolt now goes for $49.99 with a two-year commitment while the Samsung Droid Charge will cost $99.99 in the same conditions. Both phones feature 4G LTE and they scored 4 out of 5 in our reviews so make sure to read more details about the HTC Thunderbolt and the Samsung Droid Charge before you [...]
The Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon already had its EP1F Android Gingerbread ROM leaked at the beginning of this month but a new version, EP1H, has just surfaced in the forums.
As with any leak, it will probably be different from the real deal but those who were brave enough to try it out reported that the operation is smooth and the ROM seems polished. With all these test ROMs being leaked we’re definitely heading towards an official release soon. Until then, use caution when flashing non-official firmware as it may void your warranty or even render your phone [...]
Ever since Microsoft’s been showing off what Mango will be able to do, it’s been promoting the platform’s accelerated HTML5 performance. After initially showing-up Apple and the rest of the competition, a new test had Mango dropping beneath iOS 5’s performance levels. Running that test multiple times, though, showed inconsistent data, though the numbers did lean towards a slight Microsoft advantage. Now Microsoft’s back with a new HTML5 demo, hoping to regain its top spot.
At the Worldwide Partners Conference in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft [...]
Late last month, we caught a glimpse of a leaked Gingerbread update for Samsung’s Droid Charge, followed shortly thereafter by the release of said software. Yeah, it was Gingerbread, sure enough, but it had so much broken that it only seemed worthwhile to flash as a curiosity. Now a slightly-newer version of the software is available, and is reportedly a whole lot more stable.
Whereas the last leak was marked as version EG2, this one is EP1F, based off of Gingerbread 2.3.4. Earlier, there were problems with text messaging, HDMI output, and a dead-in-the-water mobile [...]
Here’s another interesting bit to think about over the weekend! Another episode of the Apple-Samsung lawsuit saga, following up on the recent events where Samsung asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban iPhone imports to the States (together with the iPad).
As in table tennis or ping-pong, here comes the strike back with the ball in the face! Apple has filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for a preliminary injunction. Cupertino asks for a preliminary ban on three of Samsung’s most popular current Android [...]
A couple days ago, we showed you a video of a Droid Charge running a leaked Gingerbread ROM, bringing with it the ability for the smartphone to stream video through Netflix. The footage looked legit enough, though without the software available, it still seemed like a big tease. Now we’ve got good news for Charge owners who aren’t above a little experimentation on their phones: the leaked ROM has been made public, ready for you to install.
Before you get too, too excited, there are plenty of caveats to consider. This build of Gingerbread isn’t anywhere near [...]
After a couple hiccups with its LTE network led Verizon to delay launching the Samsung Droid Charge, the phone finally got off the ground last month, though with the aging Android 2.2.1 in tow. As we noted from the start, a Gingerbread update was essentially a certainty, though just how swift it would be remained to be seen. While the smartphone has since received new software via an OTA update, Charge owners have only received bugfixes and minor performance enhancements so far. That may be changing soon, as a new video shows a Charge apparently running a build of Gingerbread, one that [...]
Last week, Droid Charge owners started noticing that their mobile hotspot apps were no longer functioning properly. Verizon acknowledged the problem, offering the temporary work-around of manually moving the Charge’s date back to May in order to restore functionality. A bit kludgy, sure, but the carrier said it would have a proper update coming out soon to nip the issue in the bud. Now Charge update EE4 is dropping, addressing the hotspot problem and adding a few features while it’s at it.
Verizon promises that EE4 will bring the Charge better GPS and web browser [...]
There are several options for setting up video chats on a smartphone now, but if you want something cross-platform that supports more than two parties per call, you’ll be checking out Fring. The app introduced four-way video chat in an update this past April. A new version of its Android release, available as of today, makes several changes, including support for some new phones.
Fring 22.214.171.124 now lets you make video calls with the Samsung Galaxy S II and Droid Charge, T-Mobile’s G2X from LG, and the Nexus S when running last month’s Android 2.3.4 release. Even [...]
After a few false starts, Verizon finally released Samsung’s Droid Charge last month, expanding its nascent collection of LTE-capable smartphones. We weren’t exactly wowed by the Charge’s battery life and some of the software choices Verizon made, but it’s hard to compete with LTE speeds. That bandwidth comes in particularly handy when using the Charge as a mobile hotspot, during which it supports connections with up to ten devices. All of a sudden, though, Charge owners started noticing this week that their mobile hotspot apps have stopped [...]
Verizon wowed the tech community as the first carrier in the States to offer lighting fast 4G speeds thanks to its LTE infrastructure. Until now the only option to access these amazing speeds was to pick up a network card or the first LTE Android, the HTC Thunderbolt. Even though the Samsung Droid Charge was released as the second LTE device for Verizon, it is in no way in second place. Read on for our review to find out if the Droid Charge will top the Thunderbolt or Revolution on your short list
The Droid Charge comes bundled with all of the essential items [...]
The Samsung Droid Charge ships with Android 2.2.1, but will probably get Android 2.3 Gingerbread in an update later this year.
Alongside Froyo, Samsung has also integrated the TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. Even though TouchWiz 3.0 debuted last year on the Galaxy S line the user interface is still simple enough for anyone to customize while being graphically pleasing. The similarities between the stock Android UI, which many consumers are accustomed to, and TouchWiz 3.0 will most likely not distract from the usability of Android. With TouchWiz 3.0 come a few widgets that [...]
In this video we go through the hardware of the new Droid Charge by Samsung running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Android 2.2 powered Droid Charge is utilizing hardware similar to what debuted with the Galaxy S line of yesteryear.
The Hummingbird processor is operating at 1GHz speed combined with 2GB of ROM and 512MB of RAM give a somewhat snappy feel. The newest innovation in Samsung screen technology, the 4.3 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus, delivers clear and crisp images. While the difference is negligible to last year’s Super AMOLED, the newer Plus [...]
The Samsung-made Verizon Droid Charge — which we just recently unboxed — is available since last week and it goes for $299.99 with a two-year contract and has full retail price of $569.99.
Amazon just upped the ante on the Verizon Droid Charge and it offers a better price for the smartphone beating Verizon by $100. If you haven’t already purchased one — but you intend to do so — now would be a good time as the Amazon price is $199.99 with a two-year contract. As a reminder, it has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen, 4G LTE support and Mobile [...]
In this video we unbox the second 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon, the Samsung Droid Charge (SCH-i510).
The Droid Charge comes with the basic accessories to get started along with a 32GB microSD Card preinstalled. While the Droid Charge is capable of displaying 720p video via the microHDMI port, there is no cable included. Being a high-end Verizon Droid, the Samsung Charge is also lacking, like the HTC Thunderbold, a stereo headset. Thankfully both of these accessories are available for a reasonable price online.
First impressions of the Droid Charge is that it is a [...]
Only being available for a couple of days now, the Samsung Droid charge has already received its first (even though minor) update to improve the smartphone and Verizon has started airing the official Droid Charge Launch Commercial.
Of course, 4G and LTE are the keywords to watch the ad open with but after the two spheres collide and create the Droid Charge, the Super AMOLED Plus display, the processing power and gaming capabilities are just one touch away. Watch the video of “the first Droid to be infused with Verizon 4G LTE” below:
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The Samsung-made Verizon Droid Charge is available since Saturday for $299.99 after being last minute delayed and the carrier is already announcing an official update to make the smartphone better (or in this case, remove some functionality).
The software update is ED2 and, while bringing nothing major, it improves the Droid Charge from the Media Hub point of view, with two improvements. First of all, it prevents the Media Hub from downloading content over the 3G network. “This application will only work in the 4G network or when using Wi-Fi to ensure quality and [...]
Yesterday we told you that Verizon will launch the Samsung Droid Charge today and indeed it is. The smartphone is available on sale as of now and you can find it online at the carrier, unlike last time when it was cancelled (delayed) the last minute.
The Samsung-made Verizon Droid Charge goes for $299.99 with a two-year contract and a full retail price of $569.99 but there’s free overnight shipping. If you’ve been waiting for the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus Screen, 4G LTE support and Mobile Hotspot capability with up to ten Wi-Fi enabled devices, 1GHz processor, [...]