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Samsung Fascinate Verizon

Looks like the DROID Charge may not be the only Samsung-made handset on Verizon that'll be getting a bump to Gingerbread. Today Verizon posted details of the Samsung Fascinate's Android 2.3 update on its website, adding that the new software is "Coming Soon!" The Fascinate's update to Gingerbread is build number EH03, and owners of the Verizon Galaxy S variant can expect the new software to contain new widgets and icons, a refreshed color scheme, the ability to search contacts by last name and several other goodies. The full changelog is ready and waiting for you down below.

Pretty exciting, right Fascinate owners? We've yet to hear any word from Verizon or Samsung on when Gingerbread might begin rolling out to users, but there are a few users that claim to have already gotten it, so if you've got a Fascinate handy it might be worth it to head into Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates to manually check for the new software. If you manage to pull some Gingerbread down from the sky, be sure to give us a shout in the comments below!

Enhancements:

Download Manager App:

  • New app to manage all of your downloads from web browsing and other apps.

App and Power Management Details:

  • Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each.

Multi-Touch Key-Chording:

  • New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, instead of having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.

Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality:

  • New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.

New Homescreen Experience:

  • New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

Security:

  • Added Device and SD Card encryption. VPN enhancements integrate IPSec VPN clients into device security settings.

Updated Calendar Options:

  • Display Calendar and event times in your home time zone when traveling.
  • Dismiss individual reminders, such as dismissing one meeting reminder without dismissing other meeting reminders.

Additional Features, Improvements and Features:

  • Contacts are now searchable by last name.
  • SMS messages can now be accessed via the Quick Alphabet Access Option on the right side of the screen.
  • MMS delivery reports have been added.

Via Droid-Life, Verizon


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