HTC ThunderBolt and HTC Desire S to be updated to Android 4.0 by the end of this month

HTC ThunderBolt and HTC Desire S to be updated to Android 4.0 by the end of this month
Owners of HTC manufactured handsets questioned the OEM about its Android 4.0 timeline for the remaining handsets that are scheduled to be updated. According to the Taiwan based handset maker, the HTC ThunderBolt and the HTC Desire S will both be updated before the end of this month. The HTC ThunderBolt was one of those models that was on the cusp, so this is obviously good news for its owners. Recently, HTC explained why some models, like the HTC Desire HD, will not be joining the Ice Cream Sandwich club even though it is very closely related to the T-Bolt.

Even if HTC is finished with all of the Android 4.0 updates by the end of the month, that doesn't mean that they will all be sent out precisely on the last day of August. There still is the matter of getting the carriers to sign off on the update for each specific model and in some situations, this has taken as long as months to get done.

Earlier this year, back in the merry, merry month of May, HTC had said it would have all of its eligible phones running Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of August. It was very close, but at this point it looks like HTC will miss with that prediction.

source: HTC

Related phones

ThunderBolt
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.30h talk time)
Desire S
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 1 GB
  • Battery 1450 mAh(7.25h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

somehow, I'm not really excited about this news. the Tbolt has been acting really weird since the last update, so I'm afraid of any other OTA update.

2. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

My TBolt is rooted with a custom ROM on it, will I need to bring it back to stock to get the ICS update when available?

3. ReallyEhly

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I am almost positive that you would need to Mr. Reynolds.

4. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

You will def need to unrooted and back to stock to get the OTA.

6. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Just wait for the xda people to get this rom to make it workable for rooted devices.

11. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I will end up putting a custom ICS ROM on there but I want to get ICS right away so will go stock for a few days.

15. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

No. Just wait and let people get the OTA and upload it, and then pretty much everyone will integrate the changes into their ROM the same day it comes out.

5. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the Thunderbolts will get its update 1st week of Sept. Probably Sept 3rd or 4th.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i guess this includes the Droid Incredible 2 as well. o:

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Thunderbolt and desire HD are essentially the same phone yet one gets ICS and the other doesn't.

9. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I switched from the Thunderbolt to Bionic and I will scream if even the TBolt of all phones gets ICS before the Bionic.. >:O

12. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

HA...HA!!!

13. saspcguy

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

and I shall join that chorus of shrieking!

17. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Prepare to scream

24. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

that WOULD be bad if we got it before the Bionic. but still, kinda funny.

10. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Y u no update desire HD

14. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

I know. It has the exact same processor, gpu and ram as the desire s.. With WORSE specs in some departments eg ROM storage. Makes me angry when this happens.

22. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

root your phone :D

16. Mr_Carter2

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I've had my eye on the htc droid incredible 4G LTE but if HTC doesn't update the thunderbolt to ics, they will never get my business again. I know the phone is old now, but when ICS first came out, the thunderbolt was only half a year old...

18. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

The HtC 4G Slide is acting weird but not getting anymore updates

19. pittsburgharab

Posts: 8; Member since: May 01, 2010

what version of sense does the thunderbolt have? does it have the lock screen with the ring? and if it doesnt will the ics update add that lock screen?

20. ReallyEhly

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

The Thunderbolt has HTC Sense 2.1 on it. No, I believe HTC Sense 3.0 and higher have it as well as Android 4.0 and higher. With this Ice Cream Sandwich update I hope to be updated to at least HTC Sense 3.0 as well :)

21. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

It'll probably get Sense 3.6 with the update. So it'll get the lock screen with the ring.

23. vincent95

Posts: 17; Member since: May 19, 2012

Hell yes, I've been waiting for this (: Also, @pitsburgharab to answer your question, I'm a Thunderbolt owner, and no the Thunderbolt doesn't have the ring lock screen, it has the slide to unlock one. The ICS update will most likely come with an HTC Sense update. (:

25. jimmybo

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Well....here it is ...Sept. 1st and no ICS update.....Come on people...We'er waitind....LOL

26. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

and is ANYONE really surprized that the update isn't here yet? My Tbolt is fine (that's a relative term) the way it is. I've gotten used to the random reboots once or twice a month, and the subpar battery life. just leave well enough alone.

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