HTC Thunderbolt to Get Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread from Verizon on June 30

by: Elmer MontejoJune 19, 2011
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A Verizon insider allegedly tipped Android and Me of yummy details regarding the software maintenance release (MR) that Verizon promised for the HTC Thunderbolt.

The tipster confirmed the definitive date for the release (June 30) but cautioned that the release specifications could still change a bit. And, there’s more: the software release will bring Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to the HTC Thunderbolt. The update will also include access to the Amazon Appstore, Skype video functionality, compatibility for GTalk, and HTC Sense 2.1 UI.

Thunderbolt users expectant of the upcoming update are hoping it will come with the unlocked bootloader that HTC chief Peter Chou promised for HTC devices. Many users are also hoping for vanilla Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, but their hope bubble may burst quickly, as HTC doesn’t seem to have the heart to abandon its Sense UI that easily.

Thousands of users adore the HTC Thunderbolt, but only when it’s on. Since the last over-the-air (OTA) software maintenance release update sent out by Verizon Wireless last May, HTC Thunderbolt users have been experiencing lightning-fast reboots on their Android devices. Issues with signal strength and GPS inaccuracy have been reported, as well.

The software update is expected to resolve the issues on frequent reboots and signal troubles. Several users, however, have reported not getting any of these woes even if they availed themselves of the OTA update last May.

Verizon and HTC have both taken serious note of the post-update anomalous behavior of the HTC Thunderbolt, but have guaranteed no short-term fix for the matter, according to an insider tip received by Android Central last week. The leaked memo showed two strategies that Verizon tech support and customer reps were supposed to use for irate customers: (1) if the reboots are severe and are “unacceptable” according to the user’s subjective perspective, the user can ask for a CLNR (certified-like-new replacement) device; and (2) if the reboots are infrequent and tolerable, the user will be assured of a fix in an upcoming software maintenance release update expected to be delivered around second half of June.

Are you getting your HTC Thunderbolt bumped up to Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread by the end of this month?

  • Christopher

    We want sense 3.0!!!!!

  • wade

    July the 4th is not so happy without update. Plus my phone reboojts. At least 4 times a day . This isn’t good cause I was late 4 times to work cause my alarm didn’t go off cause of this

  • Jtestagrossa

    When is the gingerbread 2.3.4 coming for htc thunderbolt?
    june has come and gone ,july is almost gone ,we need this ota update soon

  • gwbNYC

    We want Gingerbread 2.3.x and Sense 3? Why can’t Verizon and HTC give us accurate upgrade dates?

  • Ricanchef

    I feel way behind on the update. I have friends on Sprint with the EVO and they got the full gingerbread 2.3.4 back in June.

  • James

    As soon as my contract is up Goodbye Verizon and hello Sprint

  • Joseph Testagrossa

    The end of August is almost upon us and still no gingerbread 2.3.4 for HTC Tunderbolt owners!!!!
    What are HTC and Verizonwireless waiting for?.Its seems that all the newer 4G LTE phones
    are coming with gingerbread and we are still waiting (Owners of the first 4G LTE phone Thunderbolt) are being left behind.Someone throw us a bone as to if and when its ever coming for us !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yeah this is getting very ridiculous, Here it is September, still no 2.3 with Gingerbread OTA yet.

  • jay

    my girlfriend has a incredible-2 which is a 3g phone and I did her upgrade and I have a thunderbolt and I don’t even have it yet now that’s messed up so I hope by the time thunderbolt users get 2.3 it is bad ass or have 3d or something real good for the long wait cause this sucks bad!!!!!!!!