Ice Cream Sandwich rolling out for the HTC ThunderBolt, better late than never?

Ice Cream Sandwich rolling out for the HTC ThunderBolt, better late than never?
I'm not dead yet! Do you happen to own the HTC ThunderBolt - or even remember what that is??? If not, we don't blame you. The ThunderBolt was the first 4G LTE capable smartphone that was released by Verizon almost 2 years ago.

At that time, it came with Android 2.2.1 Froyo on board - remember this is March 2011. Even though the device has received a few minor updates since then, the big one was to come in August 2012 and bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. As you know, this timeline was "tweaked" by HTC, and the update kept being pushed back.

In December word from HTC said the update was coming soon, but still no time frame was given. Then last week, the support documents for the update were finally posted to Verizon's site, though the update was still MIA.

So today, 6 months past the original deadline, Verizon announced they have started to roll-out the OTA software update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC ThunderBolt. At this point, we're not sure if Verizon or HTC is to blame for the long delay (probably both), but owners of the ThunderBolt can finally rejoice that they can update their an already outdated OS! (Can you say Jelly Bean?) You can read our opinion about this here.

In case you're wondering, the ICS update for the ThunderBolt includes Face Unlock, Lock Screen Notifications (which allows you to access your notifications even when the phone is locked), and a Usage Center where you can check usage and set alerts. The Recent Apps feature allows you to tap on a thumbnail to multitask with a recently used app. Also included with the update is Verizon Remote Diagnostics, which lets a technician look at the inside of your phone from a remote location. The update also eliminates the bugs that made the device unstable and caused numerous re-boots. Lastly, some bloatware, including Verizon Apps, Blockbuster, Rhapsody, Verizon Video, and Mobile IM have all been removed from the device.

source: Verizon Wireless

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  • 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)



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Never buy HTC phone sometimes on older hardware they always get update so late just like their THUNDERBOLT.

3. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

The problem with this phone is that its tied to the carrier and we al know that Verizon is so freakin slow with updates.

5. blingblingthing

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Sad that people seem to think carriers just allow android manufacturers to just updates their phones just like that.

9. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Well I hope you don't mean me as I am well aware of how Verizon takes its sweet time with updates.

19. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

No the problem with the phone goes beyond just Verizon, it was HTC that made the device and so they take full responsibility for the massive thickness, crappy battery life efficiency, and overall disappointing enough design. And dont forget about the software (sense). Verizon is to blame for the delay and somehow thinking that this is oh so great when most of the owners already have much better phones.

23. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

The funny thing is the Thunderbolt was redesigned Evo that was changed per Verizon's request. I agree the phone was heavy and thick but it was definitely sturdy. My major gripes were battery life and the charging not being placed on the bottom. Yeh Verizon ruined the software and its even worse now that you can't disable applications even though that was a feature of ICS.

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

Why you like to blame HTC for everything ? Last time I saw you blaming HTC for not including a SD slot on the DNA . It was Verizon's fault because the international unlocked variant the butterfly has a SD slot . Now you're blaming HTC for updates ? All Verizon device receive their updates slow and the droid charge from Samsung that launched with the thunderbolt never has an update . Look at how slow the rezound got its ICS compared with T-Mobile'some sensation ? Start blaming your dear Verizon or just buy unlocked phones ! Verizon even screwed up the galaxy nexus !

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

You got a point. They even butchered the Nexus and what it stood for with late updates. And the locking of the bootloaders for the last 2 years is all Verizon.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

They need to stop letting the carriers bully and push them around. The SGS3 and Note 2 are nearly untouched by each carrier and nearly exactly alike. Removable batteries with micro sd card slots. No more high end flag ship carrier exclusives.

8. thelegend6657 unregistered

But Verizon locked the GS3's boot loader and sticked their ugly logo all over the phone right ? To add insult to the injury , the created the galaxy s3 developed edition . You have to pay full price for the phone just because they unlock the boot loader . The only way to get timely updates on Verizon is to get an iPhone 4s/5 . BTW , why Americans people like you dont buy phones unlocked like the rest of the world do and whine about your carriers later on ?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lol I actually own a unlocked Note 2 which I use on AT&T =)

18. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Are the unlocked international versions compatible with all the bands and networks (3G 4G) of all carriers (GSM) ?

21. thelegend6657 unregistered

Depends on what model you get . Att usually works , T-Mobile works but only on edge except on some market


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Most unlocked GSM phones with work on either AT&T and T-Mobile, but of course, before you buy it online, make sure it is compatible.

15. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I think you shold do a little reasearch in regards to your facts because you are sadly misinformed. 1. Verizon is the ONLY carrier that requested to have the bootloader locked down because they were concerned that a customer may change something and effect the quality of there service. Hell they even took away the wifi toggle and replaced it with a stupid wifi remember, Basically Verizon thinks its customers are dumb. 2. The developer edition is a joke as only an idiot would buy it especially with there being ways to acheive root and unlock the bootloader. 3. Yes Apple pushes out the updates to all the compatable devices at the same time but the development and testing of each one is done at different times. once R@D is done for all the updates they are pushed out at the same time. 4. If Verizon allowed the manufacturers to make unlocked LTE phones i would buy one but MOST Americans aren't like me and you as we see the value of buying unlocked. Trust me im not complaining im just pointing out the fact that Verizon is the problem. 5. Do me a favor and re-read the comment i made about the M7 relative to the DNA. HTC has mentioned all these wonderful specs about the DNA but nothing in regards to battery size of internal memory. I stand by my statement about the battery and SD card slot. Look at the biggest complaint about the One X... .battery could have been better and no sd card slot. So what does HTC do they release the One X+ with more memory and a larger battery. Hell look at the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 poeple complained about the Nexus 7 not having expandable memory, no 32 gb option and no cellular then Google launched devices with those options. The simple fact is that HTC does not have the clout of Apple or Samsung that they can tell Verizon NO to these changes that make no sense and they don't learn from there mistakes.

16. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Obviously the Nexus 4,7 and 10 dont have expandable memory and the 10 doesn't have a data connection as of yet. A little typo but wishful thinking.

10. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I never said that I am blaming HTC for updates not coming out in timely fashion. The problem is Verizon because there testing process is too long.

20. thelegend6657 unregistered

Mike : thanks for explaining

17. KParks23

Posts: 734; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I love how here htc is releasing a update for a 2 year old phone and people are still complaining like cry babies.. Do u realize how old this phone is great mfr support from HTC as usual.. Everyone will twist it to make them the bad guys I don't remember the later released more expensive charge getting ics or the revolution getting it.. Hmm but somehow htc sucks with updates when in fact they update more phones than any other mfr. It's pretty much a fact u can blame vzw for the delay look what happened to the GNEX.

22. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I agree that its great support for a 2 yr old device but we can all agree that its Verizon is the problem. The irony is that Verizon will test, test and test the software some more and there will still be bugs. I just HTC would focus on a smaller line up of devices, be more forceful with Verizon about how these delays effect the products and there reputation.

2. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I'm glad this device finally got ICS but its too little too late as people have moved on to better devices. I myself had a Thunderbolt and i really liked it but after my CLN failed i bought a new Nexus and there has been no looking back. I just Verizon would stop being so slow with updates.

12. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I foresee a flood of Thunderbolt carriers visiting their local Verizon stores w/a multitude of complaints of how the new software messed their phones up. I wish Google would stop putting new software on outdated hardware OR open up Google stores to actually deal w/the phone issues that come with these scenarios. Idk about other carriers but those same people that complain about Verizon's slow updates are the same people that belly-ache about their phones not working right after they've done the update.

28. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

100% right. my mic isnt working now. i can hear people but they cant hear me :-/

30. htcpimpedme

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Same here. When I make a call or someone calls me, I can hear them, but they can't hear me! I have to use my Bluetooth ear piece to make calls now. Weird thing is that the mic works for voice to text and Navigation. Speaking of which, the new navigation update has a new annoying female voice and the GPS can't place my car in the correct location, so it gives me directions as if I'm a few streets over. Very frustrating. Has anybody else seen these issues, or been able to fix the problem?

13. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

all Sony Xperia 2011 line up has updated to ICS and Xperia 2012 as well, they even now busy to updates Xperia 2012 to Jelly Bean and for Xperia T, TX and V the JB just realesed. I thought Htc could do more than that..

14. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Well considering most batteries have a 2 year life span, most of the people that bought them late are probably the only people still using them.

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

love how androids get slapped on the face by Android... teh Thunderbolt will get ICS yay!!!!! it came a year too late... Android will be on KLP.. by that time....


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

lol i was wondering when youd troll again, maybe i just am not on here as much as i used to be.

27. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011


29. paul151

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 06, 2013


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