HTC ThunderBolt to get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich
no longer available from Verizon. But when it was the pride of Big Red's lineup, the device had a 4.3 inch WVGA display with a single-core 1GHz processor under the hood and 768MB of RAM on board. The rear and front-facing cameras weighed in at 8MP and 1.3MP respectively.
Sadly, once the update is completed, there will be no more official ones coming for the HTC ThunderBolt. No matter how buggy the device was at times, it will always go down in the history books as the first Verizon handset to bring you LTE connectivity.
source: HTC via Droid-Life
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
Reading this article on my iPhone 3gs running ios6 :)
6. wendygarrrett (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
Reading this article on my iPhone 3gs running ios6 :)
12. zackh121556 (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)
Reading this on the 5.5inch screen of my Note 2. And yes...I would rather have my stupid verizon home button over your pee-wee-S
15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3061; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You mean, "Trolling this article on my iPhone 3GS running IOS6."
7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Many people claims that iOS 6 on iPhone 3GS and 4 lags. What is your opinion, wendygarett?
10. wendygarrrett (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
wendygarrettt says "bahhhhhh" to your question
11. wendygarett (unregistered)
Yup it does lag, but I'm happy to receive ios 6 lol
things getting worse of you jailbroken :)
18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3061; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
My friend still has the 3GS running IOS6 and to say it "lags" would be an understatement. Even scrolling through your apps....errr "homescreen" lags, web browsing is a joke, it takes forever to load a page like PhoneArena and even after it is finished, pinch to zoom and scrolling is impossible thanks to an endless checkerboarding. So please tell me, what good this "update" does for your phone, other than make it nearly useless? I used to envy my friend for having the 3GS vs my 3G because how much smoother and faster it was, now thanks to little to nothing updates, it is a complete lag fest. There's no excuse for it, IOS4,5,6 or hardly any different from one another, just some minor changes.
33. kanagadeepan (Posts: 765; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
So please tell me, what good this "update" does for your phone???
You forget the apple Maps....
2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
damn HTC TOO LITTLE too late it will probably wont get JELLY BEAN and the worst phone with battery life too
3. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
It was the first 4G LTE phone. That's why the battery is so bad.
Updates are always nice, even if they are a little late.
14. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
screw that because the samsung device that came out a little after that had much better battery life than the thunderbolt. That was just a very poorly made, designed, and implemented phone. Not to mention HTC and their complete lack of support to stand by and behind their products over the long haul.
28. winddroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Tell me about the Droid Charge update history. Oh that's right it didn't get updated. The Thunderbolt has seen much better support than the Fascinate or the Charge. I think this will be the first single core phone to be updated to ICS in the US that isn't a Nexus.
16. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 878; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
They called it the thunderbolt cause you needed 1.21 gigawatts just to check your e-mail.
23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 878; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Its the amount of power needed to run a flux capacitor.
22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Then wait till they wont update their THUNDERBOLT to Jelly Bean 4.1 & it gets cancelled
4. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
its not HTC's fault (not all of it)!
coz of that damn customize UI!
17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3061; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I hope you are being sarcastic....you do realize HTC is the one who put the "customize UI" on the device in the first place.....
20. e.wvu (unregistered)
So you're basically saying that it's not HTC's fault but that it is indeed HTC's fault.
5. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 411; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
About time! Glad I don't have that phone anymore...
It was good while I had it, but this Galaxy S3 is much better!
8. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I wonder how long it will be before big red finally pushes it. I'll bet march 2013.
13. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Thats funny considering that I just upgraded to my brand new galaxy note 2 and will proudly never buy another HTC phone again. It figures that after how long they finally send an update. The lack of support that is why never again.
19. ChafedBanana (Posts: 365; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
No. The HTC Thunderbolt did not have bad battery life because it was VZW's 1st 4G phone. It had bad battery life because it was made by HTC. HTC's always have the worst battery life and its because HTC never puts a decent battery in their phones. HTC stands for Has To Charge. Look at their new DNA. They give it a 1080P display and a quad core! The battery is an after thought as usual. Just a 2000mah when a phone that new and powerful should have something more like a 2500 to 3000 at least. Especially because its not removable.
25. SkOne (Posts: 91; Member since: 02 May 2012)
if you look at the battery life tests on the DNA, It did pretty well. and i have an evo 4g lte and i get a day and a half with moderate use, 3/4 of a day with heavy use.
30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3398; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
HTC = Has To Charge. LMAO!!! Brilliant. You get a thumbs up just for that. Awesome. I will say this though having owned an HTC phone: while their batteries are usually smaller on average than others, their software is usually very well optimized to handle it.
24. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
thunderbolt? people still carry that phone? man...this article is completely pointless.
26. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3061; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
You would be surprised. We regulars here at PA might switch phones 2-3 times a year but some average folk actually hold true to their "2 year contract" and keep the phone they have through it. Sure the first patch of Verizon LTE phones had a lot of issues and I'm so glad I don't have to deal with them anymore, but there are some people who do still have them lol
36. Superpiff (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Jul 2012)
Yeah I still use an inspire 4g cause I don't have 600 dollars to drop on a phone and I don't want a contract.fortunately I no how to root so I'm already running jellybean
29. VJo003 (Posts: 349; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)
Bring an update for HTC DesireHD as well
31. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
ummmm verizon.......can you update the droid incredible 4g lte now? thank you
34. johnriii (Posts: 236; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
HTC Thunderbolt. finally getting ICS...with no release date in sight. I am SO glad I no longer have that phone. Verizon actually (gasp!) "offered" me the Rezound instead of a refurbed Tbolt, due to connectivity problems. I've had the Rezound for two weeks, and I LOVE it. battery life is better, data connectivity is awesome, and I get to officially upgrade in July. merry Xmas to me!!!
35. brd8951 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
That's great news.....for the 9 of us that still have the phone. I actually love the phone. With the proper power settings and the Rezound's battery in mine I can easily get through a day with moderate usage. It was the first of it's kind and there was a lot to be learned. What I find funny, is that over on Phonescoop.com, it still gets better reviews than the GSIII and other phones that are much better IMO. I am very much looking forward to getting this update, hopefully soon. I've been using Go Launcher for a while but it bogs down the phone and is becoming annoying. I'm planning on getting the Note II as soon as the price drops...currently $200 on Amazon Wireless.
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