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HTC ThunderBolt gets a software update, but not to Gingerbread

0. phoneArena 08 Jul 2011, 22:26 posted on

We received word from one of our tipsters that a new software update for the HTC ThunderBolt is now available for download at 73.589MB in size. Unfortunately, the new version 1.70.605.0 still keeps the ThunderBolt at Android 2.2.1 Froyo, and does not update it to Gingerbread as we had hoped.

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posted on 08 Jul 2011, 22:38 1

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I can understand why people are upset it's not Gingerbread but honestly due to the fact that it's not the new Sense, for obvious reasons there's not a whole lot to be upset over. If any phone needs the gingerbread update, it's the Droid Charge. My roommate has one and he has some serious lag on his Droid Charge. When I had the Thunderbolt, it ran very smooth and was very responsive. My only problem was the fact it was made of plastic and was easily breakable. My Thunderbolt's screen got cracked, my roommates girlfriend's thunderbolt screen got cracked and we have also found a few other people with thunderbolt's ALSO with cracked screens.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 22:45

2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeah, i've noticed the same lag sometimes on my mom's Droid Charge. it benchmarks terribly and i'm hoping Gingerbread will provide the speed boost it needs along with some of that delicious looking TW4. (:

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 23:25 1

9. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

Rory how did you and your girlfreind crack your Thunderbolts? I'm just curious because screens don't crack on there own.

In regards to the build quality I would agree that the phone COULD be made of more durable materials BUT that means that the cost of production would go up. That's the problem with Americans we all want something for nothing.

Your freinds Charge won't see GB till the end of this year because we all know how slow Samsung is about updating there phones.

My biggest concern is all the stupid bloatware they keep adding to the phone.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 00:46

16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Its my roommates girlfriend who has the thunderbolt. My roommate has the charge. I dropped my thunderbolt once and the screen cracked. She also dropped her phone as well. The thunderbolt does not have a gorilla glass display. I have seen on ebay people selling their tbolts with cracked screens. It seems like a major display flaw. I have had the voyager, samsung instinct, blackberry storm, iphone, original droid, incredible, samsung epic, droid x in that order and the thunderbolt has been the only screen that has cracked.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 05:33

20. J (unregistered)

I have had 2 T-Bolts. Dropped first one off table and screen cracked. Got a new one from insurance and 2 weeks later, dropped it as well and screen cracked. Never in all my phones in history have I cracked a screen until this phone. O well...

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 12:30 2

31. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

.....blame the phone, clerarly.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 20:52 1

40. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Yes, "clerarly".

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 08:47

23. Tay_Tech (unregistered)

The Thunderbolt does have gorilla glass. I emailed HTC and they confirmed this. It is also on the gorilla glass website... guess it doesn't matter since the screen cracks anyway.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 08:56

51. charlienthebox10 (unregistered)

Supose to hold onto a phone, not drop it! and the frame around the t-bolt happens to be aluminum not plastic.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 06:35

21. Mark (unregistered)

Something for nothing? The TBolt was $250 at release. That was more than all prior smartphones. HTC cut corners on this model. After 4 HTC phones, I will try Motorola next time.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 09:07 2

25. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


ahh that felt good.

Going from a company that "cuts corners" to Motorola.

thanks for the laugh.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 11:53

30. mgonzalez (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)

I was seeing a wirefly "cellphone shmackdown" on YouTube a while back between the thunderbolt and Droid charge and the cellphone reviewers screen got cracked on the thunderbolt and he didn't know why. He was surprised that had happened because he said he usually takes care of the review units. Sounds like there is a big design flaw in the screen of the thunderbolt.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 17:29

34. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

Htc doesnt make good quality phones, my old blackberry curve was a freaking TANK. it was my first smart phone (8th grade) and i dropped it all the time, dropped it in soup, EVERYTHING, and it still works, Same with my old 1g iphone. older phones were built better.. These new ones are flimsy and pretty

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 22:48

3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

well this is quite amusingly ironic. the DI2 gets it's Gingerbread update officially announced today and everybody is miffed that it gets the love before the Thunderbolt and on the same day the Thunderbolt has an update announced but it keeps the phone on Froyo. i'd love to see the look on a Thunderbolt owner's face. xD

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 22:54

4. mecee (unregistered)

just did the new update for it. very minor changes. hotspot has new icon. vzw data widget. proposes reduced power cycling, so far none. new 3g logo from gbread and a few other minor changes and again no gbread

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 22:55

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

My Droid 3 will be arriving at my house on Monday. Damn 4th Of July holiday made my paycheck delayed until Friday. I have direct deposit so I usually get my money in my account Thursdays at 2:30 AM. So because of the holiday, I couldn't get my Droid 3 Today. lol oh well, I'll live.

But I plan on keeping it only for a few days, just wanted to check out the new Blur and see if the dual core processor is up to par with the SGS2.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 22:58

6. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

that's exciting! i'm totally jealous! xD

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 00:40 2

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Hopefully it will be speedy and smooth. Too many dual core phones don't appear to be much faster if faster at all than single core phones.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 00:44

14. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i'll be happy if it's at least near as fast as the G2x. (:

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 00:45

15. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

(my experience on the G2x is to this day the smoothest experience i've had on an Android phone.)

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 00:49

17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

I was curious about the g2x, I have seen a lot of reviews on it that its very fast but it had some bugs so they won't sell them until gingerbread.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 01:49

18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

yeah, other than the bugs there isn't really anything i can think of that's wrong with it and i bet it'll become even more ridiculously snappy when it gets Gingerbread, it's almost unfathomable. o:

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 23:00

7. mecee (unregistered)

alsonforgot it has a newly needed boot screen gets rid of those janky fake clouds

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 23:19

8. i3izkit311 (unregistered)

What does it do to mobile hotspot? Does it no longer make it free? Also, does it speed up the boot up time?

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 23:28

10. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

The icon is different abrasive far as I know its no longer free but I could be wrong. From what I can tell the boot up time is the same....SLOW!

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 23:31

11. MikeG77 (Posts: 402; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

I meant "and as" not abrasive.....stupid auto correct!

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 23:37

12. idaman12000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2011)

hopefully the htc thunderbolt gets gingerbread update on the next software update or sometime within this yr is up.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 07:42

22. Ryosanada (unregistered)

Well I just did the update, and still on Froyo, and they have made the 3G go from a small icon to a big one. I am hoping that the phone doesn't restart anymore, and I'm hoping that they fixed the battery life issue. My display used to kill my phone's battery, and I had it turned down almost all the way.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 08:58

24. Tay_Tech (unregistered)

After the software update, skype video doesn't work (worked great before). It now says that "sorry your phone is not able to use this version of skype" Added more software that I don't need, and didn't go to gingerbread. Why was this phone considered a "flagship" model again? Maybe it has something to do with the "flag pole" they have inserted ungracefully into our... well you get the picture.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 10:03

26. Ralston1983 (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Feb 2011)

I didn't notice any new software/apps. What did it add?

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 10:05

27. CB (unregistered)

Phone still takes a million years to boot up....Jus added some more bloatware but other then that phone hasnt reboot since i updated it a couple hours ago...Where the effff is Gingerbread HTC??? U guys are losing right now..

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 10:59 1

28. jay (unregistered)

from thunderbolt to thundercrap lol, too bad they hyped this phone so much and all it had was problems, fail.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 11:14

29. mykiesr3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

i love my THUNDERBOLT. it really runs smooth, with no problems. My only thing is the same thing as others my THUNDERBOLT is got a crack in the screen.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 12:50

32. ZB (unregistered)

If you have ANY type of Skype Video, update kills it. Will not allow you to use.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 17:10

33. Cardi (unregistered)

I did the update and only thing that change was the 3g logo, the hotspot logo and u can use my verizon now. And for all who cracked they screen u must. Have droped it pretty hard i droped mibe twice no crack screen. And the tb is not made out of plastic. Its a better. Material than what usally comes on phones

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 17:53 1

35. xtroid2k (Posts: 518; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Well, I have the Droid charge. Got it a few days ago. I am extremely pleased with the phone. It was a nice upgrade from my original droid. I did notice the lag and browser performance issues however not to long after getting my phone an update was pushed which pretty much fixed all those problems for me. I also reccomend getting a perfomance booster as android does have its fragmentation issues. I was gonna get the T-bolt however the screen did not compare.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 18:15

36. T-Rex (unregistered)

Well I've been trying to update my software and it appears to start and does nothing. Before it would tell me there wasn't any updates. Puzzled....

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 19:14

37. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Definitely needed this update. Lots of Thunderbolts have been powercycling and losing 3G signal.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 19:30

38. T"bolt User (unregistered)

This update is supposedly maintainance before the Gingerbread. I downloaded it last night then hard reset my phone so it would be a clean install & have had no problems. Preciously the reboots were upwards of 10 a day. Now none. Also there is now an option to switch between 3g & 4g. Took about an 1 1/2 hour to download & install.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 20:36

39. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Droid3? Charge? Bionic? Man...decisions decisions. I like the looks of the D3 but do I really want to go back to a phone with a slide out keyboard or do I wait for the next iteration of LTE iPhone. I'm not sure. Surprised to hear so many Thunderbolt issues. A coworker of mine has one and it seems to be flawless. As far as the cracked screen thing goes...if you drop your phone and the screen doesn't crack that's great but if it does crack, well...you dropped it. How is that a design flaw? I toss my phone in the air out of boredom from time to time and it's been dropped, luckily the screen didn't crack but if it does I can't blame Apple.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 20:59

41. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3108; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Thing is it is a design flaw if so many people are having the problem. I have had 3 droid xs. I have dropped them a million times, even thrown a bricked one face first hard onto the ground. Not even a scratch on it. The software is a pos but motorola made a strong and durable screen. That's what they are suppose to be. Everyone drops their phone, it happens. They are suppose to be built to endure. There's like no reports of people with cracked screens on the droid x or many other touch screen phones yet you have several people from one website who all have had that problem with one phone.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 16:28

43. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

I'm not sure that you can call that a design flaw...it just may be that HTC doesn't build their screens as durable as Motorola but if you drop a phone especially a total touchscreen it can crack. I dont believe it's on the manufacturer to make a drop proof device unless it's advertised as a phone that's built for that kind of durability. The amount of people reporting the same issue after the same drop experience still makes it a dropped phone. I just don't get the logic. If it occurred from normal use like using the touchscreen I would call that a flaw but not from a drop. That's like running over a nail and blaming the tire for going flat.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 17:31

44. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

i definitely agree with you CRICKET but i was on the Corning Gorilla Glass site earlier and most Motorola phones and the Thunderbolt use Gorilla Glass. i don't know why the Thunderbolt would be more prone to cracking especially since it uses the same screen as the Droid X but since that seems to be the case i would say it's a design flaw.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:13

42. shawndog1 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 May 2011)

Happy to see the $30.00 unlimited Hotspot !

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 23:32

46. greggerz (unregistered)

i downloaded it and all it did was put my verizon app on it and changed the look of the 3g notification. and the thunderbolt animation changed on boot up. other than that its the same.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 16:52

47. T-Rex (unregistered)

Still no update here in NY.......

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 08:43

48. Uknown (unregistered)

got the thunderbolt update. will not allow notification ringtones to be set. anyone else having this issue?

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 21:11

49. colbatronbmw (unregistered)

my thunderbolt still restarts at random

posted on 14 Jul 2011, 16:50

50. Yardie (unregistered)

Updated my Thunderbolt to the new and guess what?? I lost my 4G. Since updating the software I have not been able to get 4G. 3g is much better, but no 4g. Called VZ, spent 35 minutes on the phone with them trying everything, but nothin. No 4G.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 09:20

52. charlienthebox10 (unregistered)

Froyo seems to work smoothly on the TB, who knows Gingerbread may not work as smoothly on the TB as of now and that might be why the delay. I would like to see it, and I'm sure it will be available soon. Since the update to address the rebooting problems and other things, my TB is working great, and the only issue is the battery drain but thats due to all the bloatware and you can tweek some things here and there to help prolong your battery charge. I have to say compaired to the samung charge and the lg revolution, it is by far the better phone. I don't care what phone you have theres going to be things you don't so much like about it.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 12:55

53. Shaniac (unregistered)

I have had my HTC Thunderbolt since the beginning of April and the only issues I have had with the phone is at times the phone runs a little sluggish when trying to send SMS texts but I blame that partly on the fact that I tend to hold on to my texts which eats up memory. Once you clean up the texts and restart the phone it is back to its quick responsiveness. Another issue is the repeated power cycling which is supposed to be fixed with the recent software upgrade to version 1.70.605.0. I have downloaded the new software two days ago and realized that my battery life has been enhanced. I looked this up and according to Verizon, battery life enhancement is one of the benefits of the new software upgrade. My battery life would be at 20% when I get home from work (8 hours) and now it is at 80%....major improvement!

As for the screen breaking, I have dropped my phone several times and my cat has knocked my phone off of my dresser and it has not cracked as of yet. so the screen seems to be pretty tough although one user mentioned that the TB had an aluminum frame...that may be the case internally but mine has a plastic external case.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 22:52

54. Thompson (unregistered)

Shaniac thanks for giving me hope cause umm i just ordered this htc tb and i should get it in a couple days and everyone talking about screen cracking does bother me...Common sense try not to drop ur phone but lets b honest it does happen!!! I have never cracked a screen n ive had many many many phones...I also heard batter life is awful ok people ive had several droids and that seems to b a prob with droid phones all around n i had an iphone n its battery sucked too! so that im not worried about is there anything else wrong with this phone?

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