When Samsung released the Droid Charge 4G Android smartphone on Verizon’s LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile broadband network, the operating system employed out-of-the-box was Google’s 2.2 Froyo OS. This drew some raised eyebrows, since Samsung had other phones on the marketplace released in advance of the Droid Charge 4G which employed the upgraded Android operating system, Gingerbread 2.3.
Instant speculation was that there were some software bugs which would not integrate the Droid Charge 4G favorably with the improved Gingerbread operating system. That has been addressed, and the Google Android operating system beta upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread is now available for all Samsung Droid Charge 4G owners
No big press release or announcement was made, and it is important to note that this Google operating system update is an upgrade, but it is not the final, finished Samsung update we have been expecting. However, any upgrade from the Froyo 2.2 OS which experienced several bugs and was not near as smooth as the Gingerbread OS is welcome. So for those Samsung Droid Charge owners out there anxious to get a taste of Gingerbread in your mouth, the download is ready, and when the finalized Gingerbread update is available for download, you will receive a notification on your handset.
With a wide array of second generation 4G handsets hitting the market, the first generation 4G Samsung Droid Charge Android smartphone has wisely been reduced to a one penny retail price with two-year activation by Verizon on their LTE network. Samsung’s acclaimed Super AMOLED Plus display technology is on board, and provides 480 x 800 resolution graphics on the 4.3 inch screen, and supports multitouch gestures. A light sensor and a proximity sensor are also integrated into the display technology.
A single core 1.0 GHz Hummingbird processor, 8 megapixel rear facing camcorder which provides video capture in 720P high definition, 1.3 front facing camera for video chat and video call access, microSD and microUSB slots and HDMI wired and DLNA wireless video out round out the Droid Charge feature set. Continuous talk time from a single battery charge on the Droid Charge is an above average 11 hours. The 4G smartphone average is 8 hours, so evidently the Samsung Droid Charge is appropriately named.
Samsung did not release a date for their final Gingerbread over the air update, but this beta version is available immediately for those Samsung Droid Charge owners with a Gingerbread sweet tooth.