Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC Thunderbolt is coming “soon”

by: Bams SadewoDecember 19, 2012


Steve Wozniak doesn’t regard the HTC Thunderbolt too highly, as he once declared it as one of the worst gadgets that he’d ever owned. After the ICS update debacle that has been going on for months, we think there are many owners of the phone that share the same sentiment as the Woz. However, the saga may just end on a happy note.

As reported by GottaBeMobile, it appears that HTC and Verizon haven’t quite forgotten their words to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the phone, the same update that has been promised to come since the start of the year, only to be pushed back to August, and then seemingly indefinitely delayed .

A recent Twitter exchange between HTC USA and a customer provides a new hint that the ICS update for the Thunderbolt is still coming. How soon? Unfortunately, it’s a question that we don’t have the answer to, given how vague the information given above is.

So if you still haven’t given up on your HTC Thunderbolt yet, there’s some hope – however little – that you will see ICS running on the device. Is this something that you’d still like to get? Or have you come to unconditionally accept and love the Gingerbread-running phone, but can’t wait for the contract to expire?

  • Tim Thompson

    same message they tell people daily on FB asking “where is my update”

  • Mike B

    Dropped it 5 days ago. Got an unlocked iPhone 5 (still activated on Verizon) so I can leave for Sprint or a monthly carrier as soon as my contract expires come June. I would have been stuck for at least 3 more months before a discount on a new phone and then, and only then, if I were to give up unlimited data. No thanks Verizon or HTC. Can’t say I recommend your services to anyone anymore.

  • 5John5

    What is “soon?” They lie like the guy who said, “It depends on what the meaning of “is” is.”

  • dimitri

    already rooted my bolt and got jelly bean ^^

  • sj

    Never mind about the update, HTC. I’ve moved on. No wonder you’re a corporate disaster.

  • Travis Guilliams

    I’ve tried multiple ICS ROMs on my old Thunderbolt. None of them were as efficient or as smooth as the better Gingerbread ROMs I used in the past. I would recommend just putting on BAMF SOAB and porting in what you can from ICS.

    The battery life on Gingerbread was much better as well. The drain I came across on every ICS ROM I tried was horrendous. Of course, none of these are official OTAs, but I don’t see how it could be much better. I really liked this phone when I used it, especially after rooting.

    Until HTC makes a phone that has removable storage, removable battery, and offers a battery that’s useful for more than adding weight to the phone, I’m not going to purchase another one of their products. I had really high hopes for the DNA, but of course, my deal-breakers were all met.