HTC ThunderBolt to get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC ThunderBolt to get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich
Is this any way for the HTC ThunderBolt, Verizon's first LTE enabled phone, to be treated? Released March 17th 2011 with Android 2.2 on board, the phone was updated to Android 2.3 in September 2011, where it has since been frozen. A tweet sent out on Wednesday from HTC USA tells us that things are going to change and that Android 4.0 is coming to the HTC ThunderBolt "soon". Of course, soon could mean anything from tomorrow to weeks from now.

The phone is obviously dated now and Android 4.1 is not going to be made available for the device. The HTC ThunderBolt is 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

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1. wendygarett unregistered

Reading this article on my iPhone 3gs running ios6 :)

6. wendygarrrett

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Reading this article on my iPhone 3gs running ios6 :)

9. wendygarrrett

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 19, 2012


12. zackh121556

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 01, 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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You mean, "Trolling this article on my iPhone 3GS running IOS6."

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Many people claims that iOS 6 on iPhone 3GS and 4 lags. What is your opinion, wendygarett?

10. wendygarrrett

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So please tell me, what good this "update" does for your phone??? You forget the apple Maps....

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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: Oct 19, 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: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: Oct 13, 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: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

They called it the thunderbolt cause you needed 1.21 gigawatts just to check your e-mail.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What the hell is a gigawatt

23. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Its the amount of power needed to run a flux capacitor.

27. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

this is the best answer i have ever seen

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Then wait till they wont update their THUNDERBOLT to Jelly Bean 4.1 & it gets cancelled

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

its not HTC's fault (not all of it)! coz of that damn customize UI!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I hope you are being 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: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I wonder how long it will be before big red finally pushes it. I'll bet march 2013.

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 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: 105; Member since: May 02, 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 unregistered

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: Oct 24, 2009

thunderbolt? people still carry that phone? man...this article is completely pointless.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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

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