HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingebread Update Rolling Out Now
By on September 28th, 2011

HTC have finally rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for Verizon’s first-ever 4G LTE phone the Thunderbolt. The update comes nearly 3 months after its promised date. Well, better late than never HTC?

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Apart from the usual Gingerbread goodies, the update also fixes some bugs including the highly-dreaded data connectivity 3G/4G toggle issue. There is also a new updated Rosie launcher, with refreshed icons and colors. The update also installs the latest version of Google Talk with video chatting capabilities, but early reports suggest that it does not work properly. Oh, and the update bumps the Android version to 2.3.5.

Below is official change-log for the update :

Enhancements:

+ Download Manager App:
New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.

+ App and Power Management Details:
Under Manage Applications, a new Runningtab displays a list of active applications and the storage and memory being used by each. Power efficiency mode option has also been added under Settings > Power.

+ New Desktop User Interface:
New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.

+ Dock Icons:
Static Phone, App Launcher and Contacts icons are replaced within a customizable dock. Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access.

Additional device features:
+ Alarm notifications will no longer appear while in Emergency Mode.
+ Improved data connectivity.
+ Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth ®.
+ Decreased wait time when saving audio attachments.
+ V CAST Tones now comes preloaded.
+ New Google Books app.
+ Enhanced UI for data roaming.
+ SMS messages send to correct recipient.
+ Reduced Force Close errors while using TuneWiki.
+ Reduced Force Close errors when using the front camera.
+ Audio on BT Car Kit no longer reroutes to phone when receiving a SMS message.

The update is being rolled out via OTA, and Thunderbolt owners can grab the update by going to Settings->About Phone, and selecting the Software Update option.

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  • Cliff

    Well, it’s now Oct 6th and I still get “No New Software Update Available.” Was there a problem that they stopped offering the update?

  • Chris

    Still waiting for the update too. There was a time when they stopped offering it for some time while they were working on some kinks where phones were being “Bricked” by the OTA update through no fault of their own. But I hope they get it out and get up updated sometime soon!

 
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