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Droid Charge finally gets official Android 2.3 Gingerbread release date

At the start of the month, we informed you that there was an unofficial build of Android Gingerbread available to download for the Samsung Droid Charge, but now we’re pleased to say we have some good news regarding the official software update.

If you haven’t rooted your Droid Charge and installed any custom firmware updates, there’s a good chance that most of you are still stuck on the now ancient Android 2.2 Froyo. Now though, we’re pleased to confirm that an official update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be available to download on November 29th, according to Droid-Life who have picked up the official update document from Verizon.

We can tell you that this update will come in at 119MB and it will be listed with a build number of i510.EP4. New features in Android 2.3 will include a download management app, app and power management details, a new user interface and color scheme, updated security, new calendar options and much more. The most beneficial aspect of this update though, is the instant increase in overall performance and speed that you’ll notice once you’ve updated to Android Gingerbread.

For Droid Charge owners, this will likely be met with slight amusement, since Samsung has taken near 8 months to get Gingerbread rolled out on a device at the same time when the company will be releasing the Galaxy Nexus superphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The news of an update is great of course, but you can’t help but feel that it keeps Samsung’s dodgy software update reputation in tact.

If you’re interested in finding out the full change notes, you can do so over at Droid-Life here. It’s a shame that this isn’t the latest version of Android that we’re talking about here, that’s probably asking Samsung for too much. Hopefully Droid Charge users will see future updates to Android 2.3.4 and 2.3.5 in the near future. By the time that happens though, we may see Android 5.0 Fruit Salad out on the market already.

Do still have an untouched Droid Charge on 2.2 Froyo?



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