Gingerbread now available for HTC ThunderBolt

Gingerbread now available for HTC ThunderBolt
HTC ThunderBolt users can now rejoice as Verizon has just posted the download instructions for bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread and all of the wonderful improvements that come with it to your device.

Ever since day one, when the HTC ThunderBolt was released to the masses packing the dated Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, everybody wondered when the first LTE handset to hit the states would be getting the modern treatment that it deserves. Well ladies and gentlemen, that day is today, finally.

Verizon wants you to “get the most out of your ThunderBolt by HTC.” The PDF posted by Verizon shows all of the improvements that Thunderbolt users can expect to see when their device is updated. Here are the enhancements found in this update:

-    Download Manager App: New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments 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. Power efficiency mode option has also been added under Settings > Power.
-    New Desktop User Interface: New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
-    Dock Icons: Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.  
All of this is only the tip of the iceberg as Android 2.3 Gingerbread delivers a bunch of other improvements to the HTC ThunderBolt. If you want to get the update and give your ThunderBolt the treatment it deserves then check out the link and enjoy.

Source: Verizon

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  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
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  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)



1. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

And Verizon does it again

15. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Does what....oh you mean announcing an update that isn't even available yet? I just tried to get the update and its says there is no update available. It looks like my 1st week of October prediction may hold up after all BUT Verizon still has 4 days to prove me wrong : )

2. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

This has been a long time coming. Wish I still had my thunderbolt so I could try it out.

3. sdgsdgsdsds unregistered

Now we just have to wait for the Charge to get GB....

28. True buttt.. unregistered

you could just root it with EP1W

62. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

This phone really does need to be rooted with this slow @ss processor. Why is it slow much slower than the TB?

4. Mac and cheese unregistered


13. google_root unregistered


5. really unregistered

Still says coming soon so its not out yet. I tried the system update and no update.

18. TBowner unregistered

Same here... anybody actually get it yet?

36. tbolt<3 unregistered

it is now available!

42. really unregistered

Yes it is. Thanks

6. Jose unregistered

Not YET!!! I tried the steps by going to Menu>Settings>Software Update>Check New. I guess they are more interested in updating their website and PDFs before making the update available. Phone Arena should have mentioned that the updates are not yet available, this post is really deceiving.

7. Deadmanwalking unregistered

This isn't something that should be trumpeted but something that should speak to how sad upgrades are. Here we are on the verge of Ice Cream Sandwich and the Thunderbolt is just getting Gingerbread which day-viewed almost a year ago? This makes me have second thoughts about buying any HTC phone including this new Vigor.

8. mandolo77 unregistered

no update available.

9. superdesi unregistered

ya i just check mine says no update available either

10. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

This is All a mind game played by All manufacturers...HTC is no different. For the reviewer to say phone has been out a year..actually it was released Mar 17 after numerous delays and problems plaqued with the worse battery life on a phone to date. Gingerbread could have been on this phone a lot earlier. As a die hard DROID user this is the kind of fragmentation across Android that annoys me. We have eclair froyo gingerbread with icecream in the future...way too much for any carrier or manufacturer to keep up with. The original droid incredible is running gb..just wondering why the thunderbolt is just receiving gb. Maybe its the release of the vigor...because its definately gonna cost 300 bucks and with the tb costing 249 at vw htc with have buyers on both sides...good philosophy on how this one rolled out because the tb was about to be extinct....but now its back to life...just hope those reboots dont appear again...

23. Yeeee

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

actually my droid incredible hasnt recieved it. no one has except for the few thousand that are testing it

40. andreww.1993

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2011

Still waiting actually :/ and it just sucks to be waiting, let me say. Oh well, all in sweet time.

11. Davecjr unregistered

Not really there yet!

12. D unregistered

Dammit. No update available yet.

14. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; Member since: May 26, 2011

Happy for those who aren't rooted that they get the opportunity to enjoy Gingerbread as I have now for the past month or two.

16. TB unregistered

^THANKS!!! I was just too nervous rooting my TB nd also i didnt know how to do it either i didnt wanna mess it up i hope the update is worth the wait

17. :l unregistered

I think HTC is so...irresponsible? Werent thay saying anytime time now we could recieve the update YOU KNOW!! If they were gonna release it the LAST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER they should of just told us instead of letting us stand there like idiots.....they still male some pretty good devices though BUT they just gotta get the software out there sooner

19. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Gingerbread looks amazing on SAMOLED the blacks are soooo deep enjoy Thunderbolt

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Lol, typical Android manufacturer bs. T-bolt has been out for how long now, and it's just NOW getting Gingerbread when ICS is about to be released?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I hate to admit it but the MIZ does have a point. IMO this should have gotten upgraded to GB a long time ago and it's at this point, a pointless upgrade. For bug fixes only.

21. applesh*t unregistered

that's just how it goes deuschbag.

22. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

No update available.

24. mandolo77 unregistered Still says Coming Soon: Software Update: HTC Thunderbolt™ - COMING SOON!

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