What an incredible day for Samsung Fascinate users on Verizon Wireless - earlier this morning, we reported that the coveted Froyo update was finally set to arrive tomorrow, April 21st. Looks like someone at Verizon pulled the trigger a little earlier, as we are seeing multiple reports of the update rolling out as we speak write.

Want some proof? Have a look at the screenshot (that can easily take the top prize in the ugliest Android screen ever contest) our own Justin Case just pulled from his Fascinate:


So, grab your Fascinates and start mashing the Check for Updates button to see if your update is already waiting for you.

Update #1: Fascinate software update page at VZW

Update #2: Looks like Verizon's servers only respond to devices that access them using the VZW network or use additional authentication. Therefore, the direct link to the update will not be possible, but we'll try to put up a mirror with some instructions as soon as we have either.

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Update #3: Here it is - ED01 on our Crate mirror (97.95MB) - make sure it is named update.zip. Instructions coming up shortly.

Update #4: Manual update instructions:

  1. Since this is a patch file and not a full update, it will only work if you update from stock 2.1 (I am not 100% sure but I think it's EA28).
  2. Download the file from the mirror above and make sure it's named update.zip. Make sure it's not update.zip.zip (in case your Windows is set to hide file extensions).
  3. Copy it to your Fascinate's SD card using any method you fancy.
  4. Reboot the phone and hold VolUp+VolDn+Power while booting it back up.
  5. You should see the Samsung logo. You can now let go.
  6. At this point, you should be in recovery. Use volume buttons to navigate and Home to select.
  7. Scroll down to Apply sdcard:update.zip and select it.
  8. Watch the magic happen.
  9. Congratulations, you should now have Froyo on your Fascinate.
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  • JD in TN

    Yup...My wife and I confirmed and are downloading now...although I am guessing so are about 10,000 of our closest friends...laggy, and no wifi permitted due to the authentication. Plan on more than 15 minutes.

  • Darron

    Hey guess what I got a fascinate by verizon and I did update to 2.2.1 froyo yes its about time I stay in Mississippi and I finally got it I'm in central time zone update it around 8:00 its running very good and fast yes hopefully we will see gingerbread

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Hey guess what the English language has punctuation so that people can tell what you write and where sentences end

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

        Hey guess what you're a tremendous douche :)

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          That's the Artem you know and love, Jaroslav.

  • Alissa

    This download doesn't work for me.
    I followed the steps and naming.
    States it's not authorized and aborts. ???

  • aaron

    I have a fascinate with stock ea28 but I guess the Guy I bought it from said he just changed or flashed the phone's esn or? number from Verizon to cricket, will
    getting this update (froyo 2.2) make the
    phone reset and go back to Verizon unflashing my number
    Thank. You

  • Vangelius

    E:Error in /sdcard/update.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted

    • http://bit.ly/eJIriN Vangelius

      Yes! I updated the Android 2.2 - Thank you "adrynalyne" http://bit.ly/eJIriN

    • chuck

      Thats what I got, How do I fix it?

      • jimymc

        I got the same error.

        What now?

  • Tk

    Yay! Finally. Thanks android police!

  • JD in TN

    I LOVE that you now have better management of search...I now have Android Google Search!!!! BADA BING! :) Camera updates nice too!

  • sblendidselections

    Hi and thanks for providing this workaround. After selecting the .zip file from Recovery, I've got a screen with the little Android guy standing beneath white triangular sign with a yellow exclamation point in the center of that sign--- this has been on the screen for about 10 min now. Hopefully this is normal. How long does it take to unbundle the .zip and process?

    • RC

      Hit the menu button and go back, you have an error.

  • RC

    Getting some errors when I apply it:

    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted.

    • Axe

      Same here. I had my phone rooted, but still the stock ROM and was getting that error, so I removed root and I still get it, I even get the error when i try to flash back to the update.zip i made right after rooting.


  • Vangelius

    Yes! I updated the Android 2.2 - Thank you "adrynalyne"

  • Vangelius

    Yes! I updated the Android 2.2 – Thank you “adrynalyne” http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=13085601#post13085601

  • Alissa

    This didn't work. I got the same error message as everybody else. Damnit

  • d1c1ple

    awesome thanks for the .zip! 2.2.1 :-) Finally

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The update.zip is a patch to the stock 2.1. If you don't have stock 2.1, it will likely not work for you. You need to be on EA28 Eclair.

  • sblendidselections

    hmm. here are my specs.

    Firmware: 2.1 -update1
    Baseband: S:i500.04 V.DL09

    all based on OTA from VZ. I can't pull 2.2 from the VZ server, and the "workaround" is giving me the same error as RC above.


    • The_Coffeegirl

      Same here - Same Specs - I can't connect to the OTA server. And I get the ! icon with the android smiling at when when I try to update.

  • sblendidselections

    Okay, VZ explained that the availability of OTA upgrades is dependent on the unique MEID number associated with the device. OTA upgrades are being made available on a staged approach. So, those who were lucky enough to receive the OTA update had the 1st match of MEIDs. The rest of us will need to wait until our MEID group becomes eligible, and I'm told that the entire process could take a month given the total number of active Fascinates out there. "I am a patient boy..." -Fugazi

  • sarah

    OK wow, I was in the middle of flossing it and decided to turn wifi on... big mistake? I don't know, but the downloaded item went away and my phone says there r no update available. ... what should I do? (I was at 6% when this happenend)

    • sarah

      Downloading* not flossing stupid smart phone. Lol

      • cesarbohorquez

        Buwahahahahah!!!! Epic!!!!LOL...

  • matt

    Is this the real rom update or a fake?

  • Su

    E:Error in /sdcard/update.zip
    (Status 7)
    Installation aborted

    • Vangelius

      Do this by flashing this DL09 package in Odin (pda button, pda button, pda button)

      Then, download this EA28 update.zip, put it on your sd card, reboot to recovery and flash

      Finally, download this ED01 update.zip put it on your sdcard, and reboot to recovery and flash..."

    • Vangelius
  • Rishi

    i am on dl09 will i be able to update ?

  • http://none mattr

    So i downloaded the setup.zip and when i restart and click on "setup.zip" the screen changes and has the triangle with the with the android guy on the screen. Nothing happens after that..the screen does not change at all. It has been like this for 30 minutes. Any suggestions?

    • randy

      make sure the file is under SD and not SD/DOWNLOAD. also remove your battery before u attempt to reboot.

  • jimymc

    Well... I was able to download the update. It ran fine for a time and sat at the "Updating Modem" prompt for quite a while. Then an error message came up saying that the update didn't happen. I tried the .zip download and it didn't work either. Took my phone to the local Verizon Store and a tech attempted to update it with the same results. He said that he would back up my apps and take it back to the original configuration and try from there. Turns out he didn't back up the apps and, of course, it didn't update. He called tech support and went through some more iterations with same results. Verizon is now sending me a refurbished phone and if my return phone updates for them when returned they will bill me $199! According to the tech support it should update on request. I got the first phone on the first day it was released at that store. Hopefully, this is the problem. Maybe there was a change in later models. So I have been spending the last two days reinstalling all the apps and backing the whole system up. Time will tell.

  • ed

    I updated to fascinate from verizon notification. Both phones were left with problems. I lost camera folders and am left with one huge photo file. I lost severall entries in my contacts file. Several applications no longer work.Where's my android was one of them. The update created many problems on my phones. I have two fascinates and each. Were left with different problems. This update needs work.

  • ramaena

    great...well done, work good..i love it

  • Herb

    this worked great to go from ea28 to ed01.

    Anyway of getting the update.zip to go from ed01 to the newest ed04 ???????

  • rosweed

    Didn't work for me either. It aborts, Any solution? Firmware: 2.1 -update1 I can't connect to the server.

    • Xetelian

      Same problem with 2.1 update 1

  • muldrow202

    Will this work for me?
    my phone info is:

    firmware version : 2.1-update1
    baseband version: S:i500.04.V.EA28
    kernel version: 2.6.29
    build number: SCH-I500.EA28

    phone has never been rooted to my knowledge!!

    & I never did this before, but if it will work for my phone then could i have specific detailed instructions on how to do this????

    and what to do it this fails...please and thank you!!

  • Saleh199638

    can anyone give me the link cause the like doesnt work