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Official Android 4.0 ICS Update for HTC Thunderbolt to be Released Soon

The HTC Thunderbolt users are surely tired of waiting for the official OTA Android 4.0 ICS update to come as the firmware is nowhere to find. Unfortunately, since the previous delay, which was back in August this year, there weren’t leaked any announcements related to a possible Ice Cream Sandwich improvement for the Thunderbolt, so the HTC fans are starting to wonder if the software will ever be made available. Anyway, good details are starting to be unveiled because the Android 4.0 OTA update will apparently (according to our sources) be released “soon”.

Well, this isn’t an exact date as you might believe, but at least we got something to rely on. The “soon” date might mean a couple of days, or even months, so don’t get too enthusiastic as you will be disappointed once more. The most unfortunate aspect related to this OTA update is referring to something else actually: the Jelly Bean OS. As you can tell, if the ICS firmware isn’t yet available that means that there is no chance to see the latest Android version, the Jelly Bean platform, launched for the HTC Thunderbolt, at least not for now and not for the beginning of next year either.

For those who don’t know, the Thunderbolt was released way back in 2011 and it is currently running on the already outdated Gingerbread system. But, leaving the OS aside, the HTC Thunderbolt specs are quite decent, the phone coming with a single core 1 GHz processor, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP camera on the back, 768 MB of RAM and a 4.3 inch display. All these are making the Thunderbolt the perfect smartphone for those who aren’t ready to get a high end, extremely expensive device, but the Gingerbread OS should be changed with something more “appealing”.

So, what do you say; will the HTC Thunderbolt receive the official Android 4.0 ICS OTA update as a Christmas gift, or the “soon to come” release date is actually meaning something more “far away”? Share your thoughts and impressions with us by using the comments area from below.

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  • Bill

    Tbolt owner here. Who cares? Too little, too late.

  • 94zj318

    It’s already 3 software versions out of date, and my contract’s almost up. I’m tired of the Thunderbolt. The jump from 2.2 FroYo to 2.3 Gingerbread was nice, but now I’m having to deal with not having 4.0 ICS, 4.1 JellyBean, or whatever 4.2 is called. My phone randomly shuts off, battery life sucks, and it’s slow. HTC claimed it was “the fastest phone”, but they were wrong. At least I don’t have the Samsung GS III, which I’ve heard is starting to be “bricked” because of a software update bug…

  • HTC blew it. I’m never going with a company that will leave me hanging so long again. I really prefer HTC also, but the galaxy devices get updates lke daily and I don’t want to be out of date for the lifetime of my phone ever again.

    • Giuiseppe

      Couldn’t agree more, although I believe both HTC and Verizon are equally accountable for the inordinate delays. The answer for me was obvious – opt for a Google phone (Nexus 4) and receive software updates as soon as Google releases them without any carrier interference and woeful delays. Aside from the delays, another benefit is the lack of Verizon bloatware and the ability to use the Wi-Fi hotspot without a fee or by having to root my phone. Oh, I would be remiss if I didn’t state how my monthly bill was cut in half as I migrated to a prepaid provider. Now that’s what I call a grand slam!.

  • Tommy

    HTC has completely disappointed me with this phone. Never again will I go back to this company, I’m upgrading my phone the minute I can. It’s not even the update that is the main problem; the touch screen has these spots where it acts like I’m touching them and I’m not, but the phone recognizes that I am. I would rate this device as a 2/10 because I’ve already got a replacement for the GPS and wifi going out, and now this problem came back on the “new refurbished” device.