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Verizon and HTC say Gingerbread update for HTC ThunderBolt coming soon

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Verizon and HTC say Gingerbread update for HTC ThunderBolt coming soon
Back in late September, Verizon sent out an Android 2.3 update for owners of the HTC ThunderBolt. This took place after various rumors missed the mark on when Verizon's first LTE enabled phone would start running on Gingerbread. Whether or not there was a rush to get the software ready for the handset, some estimated that the update that started late last month was only 90% ready. As a result, HTC ThunderBolt users started experiencing problems after the new software was installed.

Android 2.3 is coming soon again to the HTC ThunderBolt

Android 2.3 is coming soon again to the HTC ThunderBolt

Some of the problems included erroneous email notifications and problems with the camera locking. Other issues were found with the clock app, Google Talk and HTC's Sense UI. But it looks like things are about to get better for HTC ThunderBolt users. A tweet sent out from HTC on Monday says that the Taiwan based manufacturer and Verizon both anticipate a release of the update soon. The message adds that ThunderBolt users will be notified when the update is ready to be downloaded. And hopefully, this will be the last time that owners of the model will have to install Android 2.3.

source: HTC via AndroidCentral

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posted on 17 Oct 2011, 21:47 2

1. MikeG77 (Posts: 366; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)


Why am I not suprised that there are issues with the Gingerbread update. Lucky for me I received the original Gingerbread update and I haven't had any issues as of yet. Even the voice mail icon works. Verizon/HTC while your at it could you please give us the option to remove ALL bloatware??!! If you can do that it would be great : )

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:02 1

2. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I had the Gingerbread update, and it was fluid, so much speedier, beautiful, and had next to zero issues. Well, my screen was defective, and I finally called and sent it back. So now I have Froyo again. Same old bugs. Nice and slow. I would rather have a screwed up Voicemail notification then TEXTS THAT DON'T SEND TO THE RIGHT FREAKING PERSON!!!!!! Priorities people? What's more of an issue?

Person 1: "OMG, I hate the principal..."
*Text sent to Mr. Principal"
Principal: "You're suspended."

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 01:01

6. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Yea the droid incredibles update had so many problems it got pulled and they are fixing it

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 06:19

11. ralphyd (Posts: 10; Member since: 24 May 2011)


could not agree with you more...even though the voicemail notification system is messed up with the original update its a relief to know that every time I send a text I don't have to worry about the posibility of making an ass out of myself due to the text going to the wrong person

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:16 4

3. CEHLS10 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


HTC and Verizon,

How about you just wait until after Thanksgiving and release a Ice Cream Sandwich update? Just sayin' . . .

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 01:02 1

7. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


meant thumbs up

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 22:21

4. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Yeah, really.... I already gave up on it... Just waiting for new HTC and hoping they won't disappoint.

posted on 17 Oct 2011, 23:22

5. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


The thunderbolt should of had a bigger battery installed. Not even gingerbread can save this phone. I had this phone and it was good. It didnt lag and was fun to play with but it lasted four hours bat life wise. I would lose a quarter of my battery turning it off/on. It just wasnt a very pratical phone.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 03:15

8. c.hack (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


The problem is all the LTE modems are gen1 separate chips and consume a lot of power. LTE phones will be power hogs until 2012. The TB's small battery doesn't help. Nor does the huge delay to its GB update. Hopefully people will learn from this not to buy an obsolete OS on their phone with promises of an update.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 04:55

9. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Aren't you guys lucky that you don't have to deal with samsung's bs, the freakin infuse still doesn't have gingerbread I swear these companies are downplaying androids capabilities.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 05:59

10. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


seriously? this is almost a year old model and its just about to get gingerbread? and when ics is about to be launched? somebody has to put their sh*t together and do things right.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 06:52 1

12. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


This is one of the drawbacks of an android phone seems that in order to get the most up to date android operating system you have to buy a new phone that just came out. So by the time ics makes its way to other android devices the next android system would be out and one would have to buy the new phone to go along with the release.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:31

14. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I have to disagree, the Android community has a lot of brillant dev teams. Root users has always been updated to the latest softwares and stuff.

So buying a new phone to be updated isnt really a way to go.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:03

13. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


I have to agree with warlockz...Thunderbolt came out when Google already had Gingerbread on their Nexus phone for months. I'm pretty sure this phone is going to be overlooked for ICS. I believe any phone that has physical buttons is going to be overlooked for ICS until XDA developers get on it. Who wants to lose part of their 4+ inch screen to buttons when they already have buttons? Maybe there's a way to suppress the onscreen buttons when putting ICS on a Froyo-Gingerbread generation phone?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:42

15. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Give it up HTC/Verizon! This phone was a fluke from start to finish...and still not on Gingerbread from broken promises to GB in June, September and now in the future.....Let's see what the Rezound/Vigor is about...That's the next big release from HTC on Verizon. I had six Thunderbolts--multiple, multiple, multiple problems with the phone...Battery issue, no connection, reboots, text going to wrong individuals, apps that were pre-installed didn't work---NFL Mobile, My Verizon, Skype--video--to name a few...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:12

16. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Theres a lot of errors/issues with stock roms. Not only on thunderbolt but also on other top android devices. This is the reason why there are custom roms. Try em'.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:28

17. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Kinda sad that a High-end flagship device like this is amung the last to get updated to 2.3 this year. Getting 2.3 just as ICS is more than likely to be introduced.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:31

18. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


My only complaint is the voicemail bug. Other than that my battery life has increased almost 100% and the phone runs much more fluid. It's just ridiculous that they can't get something to work right the first time. Granted I'm happy that they offer support after purchase but still if something is made correctly in the first place, you wouldnt have to worry about support in the end run..

posted on 28 Oct 2011, 05:19

19. Brian1879 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


I was never notified about the update, but it downloaded and installed last night. So far so good!

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