The Samsung DROID Charge came out a few months ago with Android 2.2 Froyo on board. Yet, the developer community didn’t take to long to bring up the DROID Charge’s operating system to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Earlier this month, build EP1F of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread sprung up on the Web, and late last week, a more recent leak of the Gingerbread ROM came out. The latest leak is for build EP1H.
According to reports from various sources, build EP1H is a much more solid and stable version than the previous build EP1F, although an issue with drops in music streaming and Google Talk’s video’s not working have been reported.
The official upgrade for the DROID Charge is said to be in the pipeline, although no official word has been given about when it will be officially pushed out.
The leaked build EP1H can be flashed onto the DROID Charge using either Odin 1.82 or Samsung PST (official Samsung flashing software). A thread on the XDA Developers forum provides step-by-step and easy-to-follow instructions for flashing ROMs using Odin 1.82.
The ROMs for build EP1H come either as the “bloated” or “de-bloated” version. The “bloated” ROM includes the preloaded add-on apps and features from Verizon and Google. Most developers find the additional software detrimental to performance and battery life. In contrast, the “de-bloated” version is a stripped-down version. Only the basic apps are preloaded. The de-bloated version tends to make the system perform faster and eats less battery power.
The leaked ROM for build EP1H is an unofficial build, and must be used with caution. For those who want to try Gingerbread on their Samsung DROID Charge, the download links for the EP1H ROMs are available on the Droid World Forums. A fall-back version for downgrading to the official Froyo build is also available.
Have you upgraded your Samsung DROID Charge to Gingerbread?