07
Nov
droid-charge-1

Ah, the Droid Charge -- the Droid that never should have been. It was the first LTE Droid to hit Verzon and... well, its accomplishments stopped there. In fact, this once-flagship device is still running Froyo, rendering some of its hardware basically useless (like the front facing camera). Fortunately, Gingerbread may be just around the corner for those who bought into the Charge hype, as a new leaked build just landed on MyDroidWorld, courtesy of P3Droid.

While there isn't a changelog of any type, the leak does comes in a variety of options: stock, not rooted; stock, rooted; stock, deodexed, rooted; and deodexed, debloated, rooted. Be aware that flashing any of these builds will completely wipe your device, so be sure to make the necessary backups before you proceed.

If you decide to give this a shot, P3 has also included the necessary files to go back to stock Froyo in case you experience any issues (or you want to return to stock when if the official OTA ever comes out).

For full flashing instructions and downloads, head over to MyDroidWorld and pick your poison.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://TheAndroidSource.com Chris Gustafson

    I mean, that was a bit ridiculous. Did the DROID CHARGE kill one of your family members?

    • Cameron Summerson

      A bit ridiculous? Did you happen to read our review of the Charge?

  • Lee

    Haha yeah. Sounded a bit negative. I've loved the charge. I've only used it rooted though :P I can imagine that a froyo non-rooted charge is a bit meh...

  • George C

    CHARGE(d) into them like a bull.

  • William

    Still waiting for Gingerbread on my Captivate!

  • Gary Hicks

    Cameron have a grudge against the Charge or something lol? This phone has been amazing and has been running leaked Gingerbread for a long time. Just updated to the EP4P today and man is it awesome!

    • Gerald

      How easy was it to root to EP4P? Please send me the directions.

  • Matt

    The charge BLOWS! Biggest piece of crap android I've ever owned....my first generation evo would smoke this thing easily...now to figure a way out of this POS and into a nexus....

  • Jnaught

    I bougth my Charge the first week it was available, and have loved it every day since. I don't get why this phone gets no love ... or why it's being discontinued so early?

  • Michael Jacobi

    My front facing camera works great with Skype Video and with taking pictures, thank you very much (and I am on a non-rooted Froyo).

    I love this phone. It may not be perfect, but I can watch EVERYTHING on it through my 46" HDTV such as any screens and Netflix, as well as all my apps. 4G is fast also. 720p also.

    Sure I wish Gingerbread had come out already, but seriously, don't hate! Show some love, man!

  • rizzpizz

    Its not that bad, i too run nonrooted froyo and the front camera works with skype... But it was skype who fixed it! ive never rooted a phone but if it will boost the UI performance i may try it. I have a feeling they will eventually release an upgrade but maybe theyre just focusing on the new phones... Which sucks for us...

  • Matt

    They are discontinuing it so obviously it is that bad...

  • rizzpizz

    Discontinuing support? I dont think they can do that can they? Or discontinuing making new Charges? Since its not dual core thats not surprising... Im trying to think of what you mean by discontinuing, and how you know this.

  • Matt

    They can do whatever they want. No, I meant they are discontinuing the phone due to so many issues and complaints. I know this because I went into 3 local verizon stores and they have pulled the display and were told to not sell anymore. A friend is also a higher up and confirmed there were no plans for future updates or shipments of the charge

  • http://none Matt

    Actually the charge is pretty badass..I work at. A Verizon store and actually the reason its being discontinued is because it just isn't selling with the release of these newer phones. I can say the charge has the best display on the market and not having a dual processor does not hurt it just in your mind you have to have the latest and greatest so you show no love to an awesome device

  • Matt

    No its not don't kid yourself....this phone is garbage....can barely break 1000 on quadrant...latest and greatest my ass, I bougt an original x to replace thay POS charge. So don't make assumptions douche bag. As far as working at a verizon store thats your fault not mine...should have gone to college(since we are making assumptions). And if you think it has the best display on the market then you prove how uninformed and untrained verizon reps are

  • rizzpizz

    Douchebag? Oh man, that's funny and totally uncalled for... angry matt needs some more fiber in his diet or something, he's very cranky and if he's over the age of 12 you should be ashamed. Anyways I've installed the r**ted GB ep4p and the charge is much faster and more stable, the speed increase is noticable so it's a shame verizon never gave us an update legitimately. If they do, I will re-image and use theres, but ... as a daily user, I can honestly say the phone with gb ep4p performs amazingly even without dual core, but *only* with this gingerbread ep4p on it. With froyo it's very slow and buggy, hence the bitterness from disgruntled-Matt here, but disgruntled or not, he does have a point about Verizon dropping it. But for those who still have the charge, I mean root it and install this ep4p, you'll not regret it. Count your blessings, not your problems right?

  • Cameron Summerson

    This has gone on long enough. There is no need to insult each other because you disagree about the quality of a phone.

    Drop the name-calling and show some respect.

    • rizzpizz

      Hey Cameron, what about a quick review of the phone with the GB ep4p? I agree with your review as a stock froyo product, but the sluggish UI is completely gone in GB ep4p... just a thought, I'm sure you're busy.

      • Cameron Summerson

        Would love to, but, unfortunately, no one on our team has a Charge. We sent the review unit back long ago.