How To Update / Upgrade Verizon Samsung Fascinate To Android 2.2.1 Froyo


25.04.2011

How To Update / Upgrade Verizon Samsung Fascinate To Android 2.2.1 Froyo

Samsung Galaxy S is one of the best smartphones currently on the market, but if you buy one from Verizon, you will get a Samsung Fascinate, which is the same device, of course, excepting the name. So, if you are a Verizon Samsung Fascinate owner you probably want to keep your device up-to-date with the latest firmwares for your devices. If so and you don’t now how to update your¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2.1 Froyo, you came to the right place.

Here, at mobile-review.ws, we wrote a lot of tutorials of how to Android devices to different firmware versions; like how to update Motorola Droid X to Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, how to update Google Nexus S to Android 3.0 Honeycomb, or how to update Samsung Galaxy S to Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread or to Android 2.2 Froyo. Now it’s time for a tutorial of how to update Verizon Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2.1 Froyo.

Also remember that since this is a firmware update, the data on your Verizon Samsung Fascinate will be wiped, so we recommend you to perform a back-up of your contacts, messages, applications you installed from Android Market and any data you want to restore before you update your device to Android 2.2.1 Froyo firmware.

But before proceeding to¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2.1 Froyo let’s see the improvements that come with the new firmware update:

  • Flash 10.1 is now supported on Verizon Samsung Fascinate, as well you can upgrade it to Adobe Flash 10.2 version

  • The¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate browser¬†performance¬†have been improved, and now you should be able to notice that the Java web pages load faster

  • Tweaked Voice search feature for Bing

  • Android 2.2.1 Froyo for¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate now allows you to move messages and change mail clients without too much effort

  • Swype version was improved in Android 2.2.1 Froyo firmware update

  • Tweaked Dialer application for easier number dialing

  • Android 2.2.1 Froyo for¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate now comes with a more accurate Voice commands application

  • V Cast and Samsung Media Hub applications come as standard with Android 2.2.1 Froyo for¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate

Now that you know what’s new in the Android 2.2.1 Froyo firmware update for¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate you can proceed to upgrade your device. Since it’s a firmware upgrade process, we¬†recommend¬†you to back-up your¬†contacts, messages, applications you installed from Android Market and any data you want to restore before you update your device to Android 2.2.1 Froyo firmware. Ensure that the batter level of your¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate is at least 50%. The firmware upgrade eats a lot of battery, so you have to make sure the process is not interrupted in any way, so the higher the battery level, the better.

Make sure that the phone you are trying to update to Android 2.2.1 Froyo is a Verizon Samsung Fascinate, and not another device, as other devices might get bricked if you are trying to upgrade it following this tutorial. So, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S or Samsung Captivate, even though they look the same, do not perform upgrade to Android 2.2.1 Froyo following the tutorial bellow.

Now that you are sure you own a Verizon Samsung Fascinate, remove the SIM card and the SD memory card, as so you will be able to avoid any unwanted events that might interrupt the upgrade process.

There are two ways to update¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2.1 Froyo:¬†OTA (Over the Air) User Initiated Update method and¬†OTA (Over the Air) Server Initiated Update method. Let’s take a look at both.

OTA User Initiated Android 2.2.1 Froyo Update on Verizon Samsung Fascinate

This method is used if you haven’t received the firmware update notification message. So, you will have to check for the firmware update yourself.

  1. Enter your¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate “Menu”, by tapping the “Menu” button on the home screen

  2. Go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Select the Check Now option, then a notification window should appear on the screen of your Verizon Samsung Fascinate

  3. After you see the notification screen, tap the “OK” button. Now your device will start to download Android 2.2.1 Froyo update for¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate

  4. After the Android 2.2.1 Froyo firmware update download process finishes, all you have to do is tap “OK” to start installing the update

OTA Server Initiated Android 2.2.1 Froyo Update on Verizon Samsung Fascinate

This method is used if you get the update to Android 2.2.1 Froyo notification window on the screen of your¬†Verizon Samsung Fascinate. Usually, all you have to do is click the “OK” button and the updated is performed. But, sometimes, the process might stop and the update fails. In order to perform the Android 2.2.1 Froyo upgrade using the OTA server¬†initiated¬†method, you should follow the steps bellow:

  1. If you got the error message on your screen, then you should remove the battery of your Verizon Samsung Fascinate, then put it back in place.

  2. Now turn on your device, which boot with the Android firmware it had previously, then will ask you once again if you want to perform the installation of the Android 2.2.1 Froyo update.

  3. Tap the “OK” button and wait.

Remember that if the update notification screen does not appear anymore, the you should use the above-mentioned OTA user initiated update method.

That’s about it, now you successfully upgraded your Verizon Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2.1 Froyo. The upgrade process using the official Verizon release of the Android firmware is one of easiest things to do, when it comes to firmware updates.

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