HTC ThunderBolt gets a software update, but not to Gingerbread

HTC ThunderBolt gets a software update, but not to Gingerbread
We received word from one of our tipsters that a new software update for the HTC ThunderBolt is now available for download at 73.589MB in size. Unfortunately, the new version 1.70.605.0 (up from 1.13.605.7) still keeps the ThunderBolt at Android 2.2.1 Froyo, not updating it to Gingerbread as we had hoped.

The Verizon support site has not changed yet to show what's all included in this download, but we've heard that it updates the Mobile Hotspot and My Verizon apps to notify the user of data usage, probably due to the new tiered data plans that started yesterday.

If you download the new software for your HTC ThunderBolt, please let us know below.

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Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I can understand why people are upset it's not Gingerbread but honestly due to the fact that it's not the new Sense, for obvious reasons there's not a whole lot to be upset over. If any phone needs the gingerbread update, it's the Droid Charge. My roommate has one and he has some serious lag on his Droid Charge. When I had the Thunderbolt, it ran very smooth and was very responsive. My only problem was the fact it was made of plastic and was easily breakable. My Thunderbolt's screen got cracked, my roommates girlfriend's thunderbolt screen got cracked and we have also found a few other people with thunderbolt's ALSO with cracked screens.

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, i've noticed the same lag sometimes on my mom's Droid Charge. it benchmarks terribly and i'm hoping Gingerbread will provide the speed boost it needs along with some of that delicious looking TW4. (:

9. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Rory how did you and your girlfreind crack your Thunderbolts? I'm just curious because screens don't crack on there own. In regards to the build quality I would agree that the phone COULD be made of more durable materials BUT that means that the cost of production would go up. That's the problem with Americans we all want something for nothing. Your freinds Charge won't see GB till the end of this year because we all know how slow Samsung is about updating there phones. My biggest concern is all the stupid bloatware they keep adding to the phone.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Its my roommates girlfriend who has the thunderbolt. My roommate has the charge. I dropped my thunderbolt once and the screen cracked. She also dropped her phone as well. The thunderbolt does not have a gorilla glass display. I have seen on ebay people selling their tbolts with cracked screens. It seems like a major display flaw. I have had the voyager, samsung instinct, blackberry storm, iphone, original droid, incredible, samsung epic, droid x in that order and the thunderbolt has been the only screen that has cracked.

20. J unregistered

I have had 2 T-Bolts. Dropped first one off table and screen cracked. Got a new one from insurance and 2 weeks later, dropped it as well and screen cracked. Never in all my phones in history have I cracked a screen until this phone. O well...

31. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

.....blame the phone, clerarly.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yes, "clerarly".

23. Tay_Tech unregistered

The Thunderbolt does have gorilla glass. I emailed HTC and they confirmed this. It is also on the gorilla glass website... guess it doesn't matter since the screen cracks anyway.

51. charlienthebox10 unregistered

Supose to hold onto a phone, not drop it! and the frame around the t-bolt happens to be aluminum not plastic.

21. Mark unregistered

Something for nothing? The TBolt was $250 at release. That was more than all prior smartphones. HTC cut corners on this model. After 4 HTC phones, I will try Motorola next time.

25. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... ahh that felt good. Going from a company that "cuts corners" to Motorola. thanks for the laugh.

30. mgonzalez

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

I was seeing a wirefly "cellphone shmackdown" on YouTube a while back between the thunderbolt and Droid charge and the cellphone reviewers screen got cracked on the thunderbolt and he didn't know why. He was surprised that had happened because he said he usually takes care of the review units. Sounds like there is a big design flaw in the screen of the thunderbolt.

34. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

Htc doesnt make good quality phones, my old blackberry curve was a freaking TANK. it was my first smart phone (8th grade) and i dropped it all the time, dropped it in soup, EVERYTHING, and it still works, Same with my old 1g iphone. older phones were built better.. These new ones are flimsy and pretty

3. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well this is quite amusingly ironic. the DI2 gets it's Gingerbread update officially announced today and everybody is miffed that it gets the love before the Thunderbolt and on the same day the Thunderbolt has an update announced but it keeps the phone on Froyo. i'd love to see the look on a Thunderbolt owner's face. xD

4. mecee unregistered

just did the new update for it. very minor changes. hotspot has new icon. vzw data widget. proposes reduced power cycling, so far none. new 3g logo from gbread and a few other minor changes and again no gbread


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

My Droid 3 will be arriving at my house on Monday. Damn 4th Of July holiday made my paycheck delayed until Friday. I have direct deposit so I usually get my money in my account Thursdays at 2:30 AM. So because of the holiday, I couldn't get my Droid 3 Today. lol oh well, I'll live. But I plan on keeping it only for a few days, just wanted to check out the new Blur and see if the dual core processor is up to par with the SGS2.

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

that's exciting! i'm totally jealous! xD


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Hopefully it will be speedy and smooth. Too many dual core phones don't appear to be much faster if faster at all than single core phones.

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'll be happy if it's at least near as fast as the G2x. (:

15. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

(my experience on the G2x is to this day the smoothest experience i've had on an Android phone.)


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I was curious about the g2x, I have seen a lot of reviews on it that its very fast but it had some bugs so they won't sell them until gingerbread.

18. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah, other than the bugs there isn't really anything i can think of that's wrong with it and i bet it'll become even more ridiculously snappy when it gets Gingerbread, it's almost unfathomable. o:

7. mecee unregistered

alsonforgot it has a newly needed boot screen gets rid of those janky fake clouds

8. i3izkit311 unregistered

What does it do to mobile hotspot? Does it no longer make it free? Also, does it speed up the boot up time?

10. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

The icon is different abrasive far as I know its no longer free but I could be wrong. From what I can tell the boot up time is the same....SLOW!

11. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I meant "and as" not abrasive.....stupid auto correct!

12. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

hopefully the htc thunderbolt gets gingerbread update on the next software update or sometime within this yr is up.

22. Ryosanada unregistered

Well I just did the update, and still on Froyo, and they have made the 3G go from a small icon to a big one. I am hoping that the phone doesn't restart anymore, and I'm hoping that they fixed the battery life issue. My display used to kill my phone's battery, and I had it turned down almost all the way.

24. Tay_Tech unregistered

After the software update, skype video doesn't work (worked great before). It now says that "sorry your phone is not able to use this version of skype" Added more software that I don't need, and didn't go to gingerbread. Why was this phone considered a "flagship" model again? Maybe it has something to do with the "flag pole" they have inserted ungracefully into our... well you get the picture.

26. Ralston1983

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

I didn't notice any new software/apps. What did it add?

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