How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Fascinate To Android 2.2 Froyo ED04


24.06.2011

How To Update / Upgrade Samsung Fascinate To Android 2.2 Froyo ED04

When Samsung Galaxy S devices hit TMobile, AT&T and Sprint, the Verizon customers had to wait a little bit longer in order to get the new Android device. But in September 2010 Samsung Fascinate finally arrived at Verizon and thousands of customers were able to order it online for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

Just like the other members of the Galaxy family,¬†Samsung Fascinate comes with the gorgeous Super AMOLED touchscreen, and an extraordinary multimedia experience. When it was released¬†Samsung Fascinate was a big addition to the Verizon line-up, and it fit perfectly in the carrier’s portfolio, already powerful in Android devices.

Samsung Fascinate is always a nice device to have, and I personally find it the right option for the customers that are already in love with the Android smartphones (of course, if you don’t already own a Samsung Galaxy S II). The personalized TouchWiz user interface is very easy to work with and makes the user rapidly fall in love with his device. Of course we all know that TouchWiz won’t delight everyone, as the businessman and pure Android users would prefer a Motorola Droid X or HTC Droid Incredible. Anyway, if you use your Android device¬†for general¬†purposes, it’s fun to have a¬†Samsung Fascinate.

Samsung Fascinate features a superb Super AMOLED touchscreen and comes with a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 single-core processor and an 8MP camera that will help you record HD videos, and take clear pictures even when the light conditions are not appropriate. You can also use your Samsung Fascinate as a mobile hot spot.

Just like the other devices in the Galaxy S line-up, Samsung Fascinate runs on Android 2.1 Eclair, upgradable to Froyo 2.2. The new firmware version comes with tweaks and enhancements, with improved functionality, and a smoother look for TouchWiz 3.0 UI.

If you are one of the lucky owners of a¬†Samsung Fascinate we have good news for you, as now you will be able to update your device to the latest Android firmware version, which is Android 2.2 Froyo, with a new build version dubbed ED04. As you’d expect, the new firmware version comes with new features and tweaks and once you install the new Android 2.2 Froyo on your¬†Samsung Fascinate most of the bugs in the previous versions will be resolved. So, if you want to update your¬†Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04, you came to the right place, as the following tutorial will show you how to download and install the new firmware version on your device.

Before proceeding to upgrade your¬†Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04, let’s have a look and see what the firmware update brings once you install it on your handset:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo build ED04 comes now with the OTA (Over the Air) method, so you can update your Samsung Fascinate to the latest firmware version without connecting your device to the PC.

  • After some users complained about call connectivity in the previous Android firmwares, but now the issues were fixed and the call connectivity was improved in ED04.

  • WiFi search time was improved, so after installing ED04 on your¬†Samsung Fascinate you should notice that the your device finds the hot spots much faster.

  • Once you install ED04, you will be able to ope the hyperlinks directly from the email. Problems were reported regarding this matter in the previous firmware versions.

  • Another problem with the email was related with the time stamp which was not matching the time zone, but this bug was fix in build ED04.

  • You can open the Word 2000 – 2003 documents directly from email, if attached there, without installing any third-party application.

  • Some users complained about having problems when downloading large attachment files in email, but with ED04 update this bug was fixed.

  • If you missed work or school because of the¬†Samsung Fascinate faulty alarm, learn that the alarm bug was fixed and now if you snooze the first alarm, the second one will snooze anyway.

  • Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 for¬†Samsung Fascinate comes with Adobe flash player updated to 10.1.95.2, upgradable to Adobe Flas 10.2.

  • The new firmware version drains less battery, due to some optimizations, and after updating your¬†Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 you will notice¬†significant¬†improvements in battery life.

Now that you know what Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 brings after installing it on your¬†Samsung Fascinate let’s have a look and see how you should properly prepare your device for the installation procedure. Even though we are talking about an official firmware version, the following procedure involves some risks. Fortunately the risks can be minimized by closely following the below pre-installation instructions:

  • Make sure that the device you are trying to update using the below tutorial is a¬†Samsung Fascinate locked to Verizon. If not, do not proceed, as you may end up bricking your phone.

  • The firmware update file has a size of around 98MB, and is called i500.ED04. If you aren’t on a WiFi connection, please check your data plan, or else you the procedure might lead to extra data charges.

  • It¬†usually¬†takes about 15 minutes for your¬†Samsung Fascinate to be updated to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04, depending on the download speed. Anyway don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer, as such situations have been reported. Anyway, if you’re expecting a phone call, note that there will be a 5 minutes time, when you will not be able to¬†receive¬†any calls.

  • Since it’s a firmware update procedure, all the data stored on your¬†Samsung Fascinate will be wiped out. So, we recommend you to backup all the data on your¬†Samsung Fascinate before proceeding to update your device to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04, by syncing your contacts, messages, call log, pictures, music and video files, and applications you downloaded and installed from Android Market to your Google Account.

  • If you previously unlocked your¬†Samsung Fascinate from Verizon, please note that if you update your device using the following procedure, you may end up locking your device with Verizon again.

  • If your¬†Samsung Fascinate was rooted, learn that you will loose the root access after updating it to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04. The good news is that the warranty you lost when rooted your device will be restored. Anyway, you can root your¬†Samsung Fascinate again after updating it to ED04.

  • Since the firmware update procedure eats a lot of battery, we recommend you to check if the battery level of your¬†Samsung Fascinate is at least 50%. This will minimize the risk that your device to turn off during the update procedure, so the higher the battery level, the lower the risk.

After checking if your Samsung Fascinate is ready for the Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 update procedure, learn that there are two methods of doing the update. We will show you how to install the new firmware version on your device both ways.

Update Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 OTA Manual Method
  1. With all the other applications closed on your Samsung Fascinate, go to the homescreen of your device. Now go to Applications > Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Once there, choose the “Check Now” option by taping on it ad wait.

  2. Now your¬†Samsung Fascinate will search if there are any updates available for your device. Once it finds the Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 firmware update you will be prompted to choose whether to download the update on your device. Once taping the “OK” button ED04 will be downloaded on your¬†Samsung Fascinate.

  3. Once the ED04 firmware update is finished downloading, you should see that your¬†Samsung Fascinate will turn off. It will reboot soon and you should be able to see the homescreen of your device in no time. Anyway don’t panic if it takes a little bit longer for the homescreen to appear, as it only happens after the first reboot.

  4. Now you should be able to see a notification on the screen of your Samsung Fascinate, letting you know that the new firmware version was successfully installed on your device.

Update Samsung Fascinate to Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 OTA Automatic Method
  1. This update method works the same as the manual one, only it uses the notification screen for firmware update. When your¬†Samsung Fascinate displays a message letting you know that a new firmware version is available for install on your device, all you will have to do is tap the “OK” button to¬†proceed downloading the new Android 2.2 Froyo ED04 on your device.

  2. After the ED04 download is finished, your¬†Samsung Fascinate will turn off, and you will see a notification message saying that your device was succesfully updated to the new firmware version. In order to complete the procedure, all you will have to do is tap “OK” and begin to enjoy the new features of Android 2.2 Froy ED04.

If by any reason your Samsung Fascinate turns off during the installation procedure, or the update procedure is interrupted in any way, all you will have to do is use the OTA Manual Method again and upgrade your device to Android 2.2 Froyo EDo4. To check if your Samsung Fascinate was updated to Android 2.2 Froyo build ED04 you can go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version.

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