Last year, HTC launched the powerful HTC Thunderbolt smartphone. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon customers in the US. HTC Thunderbolt originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. However, the device was later updated to the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. Verizon and HTC has also confirmed the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update plans for this smartphone.
HTC Thunderbolt owners will soon receive a software update on their device. However, this is not the much-awaited Android 4.0 update you have been waiting for. The latest update comes with improved data connectivity, improved device stability, resolved issues with Mobile Hotspot connectivity and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.
- Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
- Device now supports Cisco Any for better VPN functionality.
- Improved data connectivity.
- Improved device stability will decrease device resets.
- Improvements to default mail application allows Yahoo! Mail accounts to receive messages properly.
- Resolved issues with Mobile Hotspot connectivity.
- Incoming calls now display the correct state, when applicable.
The latest software update is numbered 2.11.605.19 710RD and it is expected to arrive soon. It can be easily downloaded from Over-The-Air (OTA). It is always advised to backup your data before updating the device. For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.
Verizon recently announced a new software update for the powerful HTC Thunderbolt smartphone. This update was leaked last week through a ROM, but today, Verizon officially announced the update through a pdf on its website. The new software update offers enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network. It also comes with stability improvements for data centric applications. Check out the complete changelog below.
Web Browsing and Data Access:
- Enhanced data connectivity when accessing the Verizon 3G network
Email and Messaging:
- SMS and MMS messages are stored properly in the Messaging Application
Additional Device Features:
- Timing for device activation has been improved
- Backup Assistantis correctly displayed in the Application menu
- Stability improvements for data centric applications such as Facebook, KAYAK, Yahoo! Mail, My Verizon and more
- Accurate location is displayed when accessing the Weather Widget
- Quickly load GPS updates for Google Maps and VZ Navigator
The latest software update is expected to arrive soon. It can be easily downloaded from Over-The-Air (OTA). It is always advised to backup your data before updating the device. For step-by-step instructions on how to perform the download, head over to this page.
HTC and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the release date of the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt. The launch of the handset was delayed numerous times because of unknown reasons. According to rumors, the launch was delayed because of the poor battery life of the handset.
The Thunderbolt was announced by HTC during CES 2011. The handset will be the first phone to support Verizon’s so called 4G’ LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt will be available on the Verizon network starting from March 17th, for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
The HTC Thunderbolt sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8255) and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone also has 8GB of on-board memory, and a 32GB (!) card will come pre-installed as well.
The back of the handset houses an 8MP camera, while there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calling. There is also a kickstand at the back of the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it.
It is a known fact that the developers at XDA forums root an Android phone within days and sometimes within hours of it being released to the public. Well, now some developers have set a new benchmark by rooting the HTC Thunderbolt before it has been released to the public!
The developers Jamzelle and TheEndGame7 used a pre-production Thunderbolt to achieve this feat. They even managed to install a custom recovery on the phone ClockworkMod Recovery. Apparently, the bootloader on the phone had S-OFF which made the task a bit easier. Even the system partition of the handset was totally unprotected. However, in all probability the final version of the Thunderbolt will ship with S-ON and the system partition protected.
Below is a video of Root Checker’ checking the root access on the HTC Thunderbolt :
According to the developers, the phone software has multiple exploits via which root access to the system partition can be gained. Hopefully, HTC will leave some of these exploits unpatched so that developers can easily get root access to the phone.
The rooting method has not been made public at the moment. The developers will make the rooting method public once the phone nears its release date.
After numerous leaks, the HTC Thunderbolt has finally been unveiled by Verizon and HTC at the CES 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt features a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualacomm Snapdragon processor.
The back of the phone features an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. The phone also sports a front-facing camera for video calling. The handset also supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Other key features of the HTC Thunderbolt include DLNA, Dolby Surround Sound, Built in kickstand, GPS with aGPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with a 32GB microSD card preloaded. The HTC Thunderbolt runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. HTC have also integrated Skye Mobile with video calling in their Sense UI on this phone.
Sadly, HTC did not mention the release date or pricing of the device. However, I expect the Thunderbolt to hit the shelves by Q1 of 2011.
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Please read this post with a huge pinch of salt. The folks over at HTC Inside have managed to get their hands on what is supposed to be the specs of the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt. It is already known that the Thunderbolt will be the first 4G LTE handset from Verizon and HTC and will be unveiled at the upcoming CES.
Apparently, the Thunderbolt will pack in a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. The device will also sport a huge 4.3-inch LCD along with an 8MP camera at its back accompanied by 2 LED flash. The front of the phone will house a hold your breath 5MP camera for video calling. The Thunderbolt will have 16GB of on board memory along with a microSD slot expandable up to 128GB. The handset will also launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Oh! The phone has a huge 1800 mAh battery as well.
Now, I guess readers must have understood why I told them to read this post with a huge pinch of salt. Qualcomm had demonstrated its dual-core Snapdragon processor just a month back and the company made it clear that it won’t hit the handsets before Q2 of 2011. Also, a 5MP front-facing camera? Seriously!?!!
In my opinion, the Thunderbolt will be similar to the Desire HD except for a few subtle changes and the 4G LTE support.