We’ve been witnessing a recent flood of Gingerbread updates for Android handsets still on Froyo, most recently with the Samsung Droid Charge beginning to receive its yesterday. It looks like Samsung is holding on to that momentum, as signs now point to the Fascinate on Verizon to be among the next handsets chosen to make the upgrade.
As Fascinate owners must be all-too aware, this update’s been a long time coming. There have been leaked in-development Gingerbread releases showing up since late spring, always making us think an official release might be soon to [...]
The Verizon Fascinate was the last Samsung Galaxy S variant to hit the U.S. market and so far the carrier is doing its best to keep the phone up to date with software updates, even though some of them introduced problems for some users. Apparently, as of this week, Verizon is listing the phone with a “retired” label.
Looking at the screen capture above you’ll see the red watermark embedded all over the device page. It says the phone is retired and thus it has already been removed from the carrier’s online store. Given the popularity of the Galaxy S and [...]
The last update released for the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, software revision ED04, mainly looked like it was to prepare the smartphone for future updates, but it did promise one immediately-available feature: that it would improve incoming call connectivity. Apparently Samsung missed the mark a bit, because rather than make things better, ED04 managed to break incoming calls altogether for some users.
Rumors were spreading late last night that Verizon was taking the issue so seriously that it was offering to replace affected Fascinates for a more modern smartphone like the [...]
Whether you’re a new smartphone user or an experienced one you most definitely heard, seen or experienced a bricked device. It’s a state in which your phone gets once all those flashes and hacks you apply go wrong. Sometimes you can recover but sometimes you just get an expensive paper weight.
One-click Unbrick is an application which promises to restore your bricked Galaxy S smartphone (or variant) as easy as clicking a button. The application is advertised to be compatible with all Samsung devices which use Odin and runs on Linux, Windows and Macs. To see the list [...]
Samsung Fascinate update ED04, which dropped a couple weeks back, was kind of a let-down feature-wise, especially with Fascinate owners already craving Gingerbread after getting Froyo just two months ago. Now, we still don’t know when you might expect an official update ready for OTA distribution, but an early build of Gingerbread for the Fascinate has leaked.
You’ll need to use Samsung’s Odin tool to flash the leaked ROM to your phone, after which you can root system via a few ADB commands. Fascinate owners who have had the chance to run the ROM note that [...]
Earlier this year Apple considered that Samsung is ripping it off by copying its iPhone design and applying it to a couple of its own smartphones. Cupertino claimed to take a look at Samsung’s upcoming models and the Korean company instantly responded demanding the same, plus adding in a couple of patents to raise the stakes.
If the original complaint referred to designs of the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smartphones, Apple has amended it to add an [...]
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Droid Charge update, Samsung and Verizon continue to push new firmware out to their customers, releasing system software i500.ED04 for the Samsung Fascinate.
The Charge’s update was pretty decent, fixing one big annoying, function-robbing bug, in addition to several smaller ones and providing some performance boosts. We wish the Fascinate was getting something nearly as interesting, but this ED04 release seems more meta than anything: one of the main purposes for this release is to patch the phone so that future update installation is [...]
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S series of Androids is about to get a shot in the arm, thanks to the the development efforts of the coders working on CyanogenMod. While experimental builds of the custom ROM replacement have existed for the Galaxy S and its carrier-branded cousins, the smartphone hasn’t been officially supported by the project. Now it looks like that will finally be changing, starting with AT&T’s Captivate getting its first official CyanogenMod nightlies.
These nightly builds mark the Captivate’s progress towards a stable CM7 release. It [...]
If you’ve set your mind on shopping for a new smartphone this weekend you’re lucky because Best Buy announced its offer for free smartphones this Friday and Saturday.
You can grab either the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon, BlackBerry Curve 3G on Sprint or Samsung Captivate on AT&T, for free, as part of the promotion bringing back the “Free Phone Friday” and extending it an extra day. The free phones still require new or upgrade activation with two-year agreement on their respective carriers but two Galaxy S variants for free — not to mention the [...]
Samsung recently released the source code for Froyo on its Fascinate, in advance of the actual update arriving. Sure, we’ve seen some leaked builds come out, with various degrees of polish, but there’s yet to be any sort of OTA update sent out over Verizon. That wait’s just about over, with Verizon planning to start pushing the update out tomorrow.
The update will bring Fascinate models up to software revision 1500.ED01 – the same version reflected in the source code Samsung published. As we mentioned when looking over that release, this all is a bit of a [...]
Several Froyo ROM builds have been leaked for the Verizon Fascinate, the carrier version of the Samsung Galaxy S, but now an ED01 version of the source code has been made public by the manufacturer itself.
It’s somehow sad that we’re talking Google Android 2.2.1 Froyo for a Galaxy S when some regions in Europe are already getting Android 2.3.3 via KIES software but better later than never, especially with carrier models. What this new build of Froyo source code means is that you’re getting closer to the day you’ve been waiting for on one hand and on the [...]
Canadian smartphone users who are looking to pick up a new model are in for a treat, since Telus has slashed prices on many of it popular models, offering most for free when you sign-on for a three-year term.
While some of the newest models, like the HTC Desire HD, will still set you back $50, the vast majority are available at no cost after subsidies. Android smartphones that are free with this offer include the original HTC Desire, the LG Optimus One, the Droid-like Motorola Milestone, Samsung’s Fascinate, and the Motorola Charm. Some, like the Charm, stuck on Android [...]
If you’re one of the many still eagerly awaiting Android 2.2 Froyo for your Verizon Samsung Fascinate, you’re in good company.
Last week “DL30”, a Froyo ROM for the Fascinate was leaked. Now another ROM, “EB01”, is making it’s rounds. Before we get into what this ROM includes, it’s worth noting that in one week we’ve seen two progressively better builds of Froyo for the Fascinate. This leads us to believe that not only is progress being made toward a final release, but that quite a bit of attention is being paid to actually [...]
Sprint’s been advising users of Samsung’s Epic 4G to keep their patience as the carrier puts the phone’s Android 2.2 upgrade through extensive testing before certifying it for release. The company may be wrapping things up, as rumors indicate that the official Froyo update will go out in about two weeks, on February 21.
A tipster has provided Android Central with an image of the WiMAX phone running a copy of Froyo build EA17, which he identifies as the final revision which will ultimately go out to Sprint users. We’ve been waiting for Android 2.2 to come [...]
Yes, it’s another attempt to get Froyo on a Samsung Galaxy S device, this time it’s coming to Verizon’s Fascinate. The “official DL30 build” has been leaked, pre-rooted, and packaged up into an update that’s flashable via ClockworkMod Recovery. Other than that, the ROM has all the Verizon and Samsung “bloatware included, unedited, and unchanged”.
To flash it you’ll have to have rooted your phone and installed ClockworkMod Recovery, but it will work with either the DJ05 or DL09 radios, which should make your life a little [...]
Google put GPS navigation companies on notice when they released Google Maps Navigation — for free. They did it again when they updated Google Maps with vector imagery rather than bitmap tiles, and added 3D buildings.
Today Verizon Wireless announced some major changes to their VZ Navigator VX that will help them stay relevant to Google’s offerings. Now available on certain smartphones (DROID X, DROID Incredible, and the Samsung Fascinate), this new version of the app provides “customers with 3D navigation views using enhanced 3D city models and true-to-life [...]
If you have an Android smartphone on Verizon Wireless, you’re most probably familiar with VZ Navigator and you’ll be happy to find out the carrier is preparing to launch an improved software refresh.
VZ Navigator VX will bring Real Views as well as 3D Cities, real highway signs and views to the Motorola Droid X, Samsung Fascinate and HTC Incredible, with other devices being added later in 2011. Other cool features include Satellite View, Smart Traffic, as well as SmartStart Enhanced and according to rumors, the price will be the same as with the older version: $9.99 [...]
Little by little, carriers continue to push out updates to those Android models that have yet to make the jump to Froyo. While we anxiously await Android 2.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich?), and with Gingerbread still a rarity, many of us are still hanging onto phones running older editions of Google’s operating system. Owners of the myTouch 3G, its Fender Limited Edition, and soon the Samsung Fascinate, are joining the world of Android 2.2 with newly-available updates.
T-Mobile is sending out Froyo to the myTouches, bringing them up to Android 2.2.1. The OTA update that has just [...]
While Samsung Galaxy S devices receive Google Android 2.2 Froyo updates wordlwide and even some non-U.S. carrier variants, American versions of the smartphone offered by network operators do not.
We have heard a rather interesting story from a person allegedly close to the situation and supposedly in breach of NDA that told AndroidPolice “Android 2.2 is on hold for Galaxy S phones until the U.S. carriers and Samsung reach a consensus” — referring to what he claimed Samsung charging carriers for the update. Following up on this rumor, Samsung has made a quick [...]
Samsung just can’t seem to catch a break with their Galaxy S series of Android-powered phones. First it was poor GPS reception (something that still plagues many phones to this day), then poor-performance in the form of “lag” due to their proprietary RFS filesystem, and lately the seemingly endless delays getting Android 2.2 Froyo on the devices.
Verizon recently pushed out a maintenance release to their Galaxy S, the Samsung Fascinate. The DL09 update didn’t bring Froyo, but it is reported to improve GPS and overall performance.
Unfortunately, the [...]
We all know about the Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo saga and, while some carriers around the world already updated their variants to the second newest Google platform, we hear an interesting theory on why U.S. carriers haven’t done it yet.
A person allegedly close to the situation and supposedly in breach of NDA has told AndroidPolice how updates are being handled by carriers and the relationship with the manufacturers. According to the person, there are three types of updates stipulated in a contract between the manufacturer and the carrier once a device gets to the [...]
Samsung has released the Google Android 2.2 Froyo source for the Telus Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate variant and is available to download from the Samsung Open Source Release Center.
The Telus Fascinate has received its Froyo update just before last Christmas despite the fact that is should have been rolled-out in 2011, according to the roadmap. Anyways, it’s there, free to download; just search for the string “SGH-T959D” and, regardless if you just want to take a look, play around or you’re interested in third party ROM development, grab the source and do [...]
For all you Samsung Fascinate owners I’ve got some good news, and some not so good news.
The good news is that you’re going to be getting an update called “DL09” which is essentially a maintenance release that addresses a number of bugs and issues.
The not so good news is that it’s not Froyo.
Bloatware Updates: + Updated versions of preloaded applications, including V CAST videos, City ID, VZ Navigator, and Amazon Kindle
Improvements: + Ability to change the reminder time and alert tone for calendar events + Improved the [...]