HTC ThunderBolt getting Gingerbread this quarter
The HTC ThunderBolt was the first 4G-enabled smartphone on Verizon's speedy LTE network, but since its launch not much has changed with its software – the handset continues to run on the quickly aging Android 2.2 Froyo, even though back in March HTC spilled the beans about an upcoming Gingerbread update. Well, four months later, it's still coming, but this time we have a particular time period for it – the third quarter of the year.
HTC representatives have been spreading the word about the update which will add Gingerbread tweaks and features, and fix some problems along the way:
“We are working hard to address the issues you have mentioned with future updates for the device. We are excited to announce that the HTC Thunderbolt will receive the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q3 2011. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the update availability,” HTC replied to Droid-life.
We expect to see an improved Sense UI, but also Skype video and faster GPS lock after the update. Oh well, the third quarter of the year has already started so hopefully it's sooner rather than later.
1. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Wow!!! heard this before...What happened to 30 June....as reported before. I guess HTC had to fix the reboot problems.....good luck....this phone should have had the new Sense 3.0 also...This was the most expensive phone to produce to date, yet has had problems since day one....
2. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
I had to return my Thunderbolt....Reasons were: Horrible, horrible battery life... No GPS Lock---took over 5 minutes to lock a location, 1 bar reception, reboot after reboot for no apparent reason, would flip between 4g, 3g and 1x......don't get me wrong out there and start thumbs downing me--I'm Android ALL the way...but this was the worse Android phone purchased to date....between the Original Droid, Droid2, Droid X, Fascinate, Thunderbolt and now the Charge....I must say that I am not completely satisfied with the Charge because I personally think the phone should have had more RAM and at least a notification light--since it's carrying the DROID logo.....but at least I can talk, use gps and keep a signal....
3. idaman12000 (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Please release the htc thunderbolt update
4. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 410; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
They want---if you call Verizon and tell them about a problem---they will tell you that it's the first that they have heard--but in return they tell you to Master Reset your phone and pull the battery for a minute...yeah right...You call HTC and they say that they have never heard of it--but tell you that they are doing a software update in the future...the software (OTA) arrives and makes problems even worse---reboot--reboot-reboot-no gingerbread--no SKYPE Video--(although released today in the new SKYPE version)
7. Thunderbolt Reign Supreme (unregistered)
I have AWESOME battery life, INSTANT gps lock, NO reboots, CONSTANT connections between 4G and 3G. So I dunno what's your problem with your Bolt. And oh, by the way, I'm already running Gingerbread via CM7. f**k HTC for lagging Gingerbread for so long. I'll be surprised if it ever gets Gingerbread released this quarter. Suck HTC bitches. Hahahahahaha
9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3040; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You don't know what their problem is? You rooted your phone and threw a custom rom on it. There's a big difference between running a stock android software rom and hacking it and putting a completely different one on it.
10. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Should use Samsung bada or MeeGo on it : )
13. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Mr Rory In applaud you.. noce recover from that ignorant comment... the Moto community salutes you...
8. tbolt (unregistered)
you know, theyve probably had the ability to push out 2.3 for awhile now. my tbolt has zero problems and im not bragging but the first two updates that were pushed out, were all to deactivate the hotspot, i dont care what anyone says! thats why ive never updated my phone. i still have the hotspot and run my ps3, laptop and ipad off of that feature, even though the trial period supposedly ended a month or two ago. now they are charging 30.00 extra bucks just for that feature on top of the new data plan which is 2g's for 30.00. I have unlimited data for 30.00 at 4g lte speed and still a free mobile hotspot.Will i be downloading 2.3? Nope! I dont see a need for it out side of just having it for the sake of it. skype? isnt important. not everyone has a phone to video chat, most people i know are still running around with blackberries. i save so much by have internet tethered from my phone and i know if i download gbread, it will all go away. i could root but ive never rooted, dont know how so im not going that route. they were dirty for messing up peoples phones with that first update just to diguise they next update as a fix to rebooting issues when i feel the whole plane was to disable the hotspot to begin with. think about it. 4g lte unlimited data tethered to anything with wifi. just my opinon.
11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Lol, this is what you all get for choosing HTC for your phones. They're so stupid when it comes to updates and lol, with an iPhone, this wouldn't be a problem. Fragmentation because soon GB will be outdated.
15. biophone (Posts: 1894; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Its not about the iPhone this article. The bolt is a cool phone and htc a good company.
17. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
LOL, a cool phone with more software problems than a Windows computer. I mean the T-Bolt has more bugs than a garbage can filled with trash.
16. listenkid (unregistered)
Please just ban The_Miz, every f**king article it's "iPhone this, iPhone that" SHUT. THE. f**k. UP. We don't care about your iPhone just like you don't care about our Android. Everyone chose a phone that they thought was cool and you aren't changing anyones mind. Let people think for themselves and buy phones THEY want.
We could sit here for hours and talk about problems with the iPhone and you could sit here for hours and talk about problems with Android. At the end of the day NOTHING has changed, you may have informed some people but you didn't change their minds or make them go out and buy an iPhone, you just look stupid.
18. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Someone has a potty mouth. Besides, don't be bitter at me for suggesting people to choose a better phone.
14. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
actually his match is next... vs misterio....
19. Gallowz (unregistered)
Would have been a good phone if it was actually supported well. Unfortunately, HTC and Thunderbolt really screwed the pooch on this one. I guess they just figured they'd just let this washed out display, power hungry, junky sound device finally die.
My incredible has way better display and sound than this thing. What garbage. Worst phone buy ever. And it still doesn't have gingerbread. What a laugh.... pathetic.