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HTC HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich update planned according to company

HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich update planned according to company

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The Thunderbolt update to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich software might be one of the most talked about updates this year and that is mostly because the company promised it back in August, but has been delaying it since then.  From the point it was announced by HTC that the update was going to be delayed, there has been plenty of speculation online regarding when it will finally arrive, but there has not been any official announcement from HTC, until now.  HTC has officially announced the plan to bring the software to those that still own the Thunderbolt handset, but they will not say exactly when.

Thunderbolt users have been getting notified by HTC about the update and according to one online source, HTC rep goes into some detail about the missing update saying that it will arrive and it is just matter of when.  This type of a response by HTC has been seen more than one time before as frustrated customers are sick of waiting for the update, while some of them have surely moved on from that point.

According to the online source, the letter to HTC Thunderbolt users said, “Thank you for taking the time from your busy day to email HTC Technical Support. It is my understanding that you wish to know if your Thunderbolt will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich, “and then goes on to say, “Your Thunderbolt will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich. If your next question is when, then I cannot give you an exact timeframe.  Please allow me to explain why. HTC no longer announces dates for release of software due to the nature of the software development process. The reason why, is that at any point in the software development cycle a situation may be encountered that requires anything from some minor additional rework, to complete rewrites of the software base.

The HTC Thunderbolt was first announced back in January of 2011 and released to the public by March of the same year.  The phone features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen display, a single core 1GHz processor and the Adreno 205 graphics processor.  Other than the 8GB of internal memory, plus microSD card slot, the handset features an 8MP camera with dual LED flash, auto focus and more.  Reviews are good and they will only get better once the phone is updated.

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  1. I will be upgrading to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in February and will not own another HTC. Especially considering they’ve stopped supporting microSD expandable memory and started using embedded batteries.

  2. I have had a thunderbolt from the beginning and have been disgusted by every aspect of this phone and the company that made it. Because of this absolute failure I will NEVER consider an HTC product again. This company is trash.

  3. I will never purchase an HTC device again. My phone has been plagued with every common issue since the start (i.e. horrendous battery life, GPS not connecting, data connectivity issues, etc.). I’ve been in contact with HTC reps for a while now with absolutely no hint to a resolution. The P.O.S. constantly disconnects from the internet rather than dropping down to 3G from 4G rendering the phone completely useless in time crunches. DIE HTC, Die…

  4. I don’t care why the update has been delayed or who’s fault it is, HTC or Verizon, that is irrelevant because there is no excuse for it.

    Why does the phone not have the update? There are only two reasons. 1. A conspiracy by Verizon to get people to buy a new phone and get off unlimited plans. 2. They need extra time to make their stupid launcher that NO ONE EVER USES and to install bloatware that NO ONE EVER USES. Ok sure some people may actually use it but only because they are not aware that they can change it.

    Whether HTC & Verizon are doing this on purpose to get people to “upgrade” or not, I don’t care. The fact that they put on useless bloatware that constantly runs in the background even when it has literally never been opened…this practice I can kind of ignore or at least try to. However, add that on top of not getting an update for well over a year and then even 5 months after they specifically promised it! HTC & Verizon, I’m done!

    My next phone will be a GSM based Nexus. I don’t care who makes it, I don’t care what carrier I have to use to have it…I am sick of the annoying bloatware and the god awful update cycle. HTC & Verizon you are both pathetic and best of luck treating your customers like garbage.

  5. My time with the HTC Thunderbolt is over. The Samsung Galaxy S 3 is on the way.

  6. Now that my Tbolt is 2 years old, with no sign of ever being upgraded, I’ll just move on the Galaxy S3 or something that has the latest version already installed. See ya HTC…wouldn’t get another device from you because of this delay. This should’ve been one of the first phones to get upgraded, not one of the last!

  7. I’ve already ordered my Nexes 4 and plan on switching to AT&T as soon as the box is on my doorstep, but thanks for trying. So long HTC, have a good one Big Red!

  8. The last Verizon contract I will sign due to this issue.

  9. Been a HTC owner for many years, Samsung is looking very very good. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice &*%$ you HTC

  10. spoke with a Verizon level 2 tech this evening about my third replacement THUNDERBOLT breaking down. 4th Replacement on its way tomorrow. Inquired as to the ICS update. Was placed on hold and when he came back stated there will be no ICS update for the Thunderbolt. HTC has scrapped the plan to release it and I would probably be better off getting a newer model or just keep paying the warranty and get another thunderbolt when it breaks down…Figures!!!!

  11. Verizon is just trying to limit the thunderbolt users. Trying to boost sales/stock of other phone manufacturers. Thunderbolt was one of the last phones/smartphones to be included in unlimited data plan. If you want to upgrade to a newer ics/jellybean phone you lose your unlimited plan. If you hack your thunderbolt to ice you void warranty. It’s just another way Verizon holding thunderbolt users back. Trying to market and sell Samsung, Motorola, Apple and LG products. Verizon has paid off HTC and screwed it’s thunderbolt users. I was and still am an HTC fan before apple iPhone back with the diamond. My thunderbolt is all the phone I’ll ever need and keep my truly unlimited data plan.

    1. Especially during holiday phone sales and new phone releases.

  12. the Last HTC I will ever own because of this issue

  13. They plan on it? Well I plan on becoming a millionaire someday…

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