HTC Thunderbolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Is Finally Available

In a surprising turn of events, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, you read that right. Verizon and HTC have finally got their act together and rolled out some ICS love for the poor Thunderbolt owners out there.

The ICS update will bring with it lots of new features to the Thunderbolt including Face Unlock, a new lock screen, updated UI, improved speech-to-text recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool and much more.

The Thunderbolt was the first phone to hit Verizon’s network that supported the carrier’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. The handset was released way back in early 2011, and was slated to get the ICS update sometime in 2012. However, HTC and Verizon kept pushing back the ICS update for the handset for performance and stability reasons.

The 320MB+ OTA update should go live within a week or so, and should be available to all Thunderbolt owners within a few days after that.

Via – Verizon

HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Still On Track

HTC has until now released the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the various variants of the Sensation, and the single-core powered HTC Incredible S. While the original announcement from HTC stated that the Desire HD will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, the company recently announced that the ICS update for the handset has been scrapped. The reason behind denying the ICS update was due to the lack of sufficient space on the /system partition on the handset.

Rumors soon started floating around that HTC might axe the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, since the handset packs similar specs as the Desire HD.

HTC has now confirmed via its Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Thunderbolt is still on track. Here is the full comment from HTC -:

Hey, John! Yes, The Thunderbolt is still set to receive ICS. We’re still planning to finish updates for all announced devices by the end of August. Thanks for remaining so patient!

Don’t get your hope too high though. In all probability, once HTC finishes the ICS update for the Thunderbolt, they will give it to Verizon for testing, which can very well take a couple of months.

Via – PocketNow

HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible 2 and Rhyme To Get Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Up until now, HTC has been quite clear on which Android devices of the company will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. However, the company has been pretty much mum about its devices in the United States. Thankfully, the company has now come clean on which all Android handsets it will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich in the United States.

The Taiwanese manufacturer will be upgrading all the Android handsets it has released under the Verizon’s network in the last year to Ice Cream Sandwich. This includes the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme and the already announced, Rezound.

It is definitely nice to see HTC updating its single core handsets especially the Thunderbolt to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company has not mentioned anything as to when it will be rolling out the update, so its anyone guess at the moment.

Owners of any of the above handset should not expect much visual changes from the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their handsets. HTC’s Sense skin will hide whatever visual changes Google introduced in ICS, and instead the update will mainly add some new features and update the stock Google applications.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Again!

HTC and Verizon had started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the first ever 4G LTE phone – the Thunderbolt nearly a month ago. However, due to some issues with the Gingerbread build, the update was pulled back.

Now, Verizon and HTC have started rolling out a new Gingerbread update for the handset. The update comes more than 8 months after Gingerbread was announced, and nearly 6 months after the Thunderbolt was released to the public.

The update also contains a new radio which fixes the 4G data stalling issue faced by most Thunderbolt users. The changes brought by the software update are mostly cosmetic, and include a new launcher app, a Download Manager app and much more.

Below is the full change-log-:
Enhancements:

+Download Manager App
+ App and Power Management Detail
+ New Homescreen Experience
+ Full Dock Mode App

Additional features, Improvements and fixes:

+ Alarm notifications will no longer appear while in Emergency Mode.
+ Improved security features that reduce device vulnerability.
+ Improved data connectivity.
+ Improved audio quality while using Bluetooth ®.
+ Improved Bluetooth security.
+ Decreased wait time when saving audio attachments.
+ Resolved issue with basic voicemail notification.
+ V CAST Tones now comes preloaded.
+ New Google Books app.
+ Enhanced UI for data roaming.
+ Resolved issue with SMS messages being sent to incorrect recipient
on rare occasions.
+ Reduced Force Close errors while using TuneWiki.
+ Reduced Force Close errors when using the front camera.
+ Resolved issue with audio reroute to phone while on Bluetooth

Verizon is already pushing the update to all Thunderbolt owners, and its just a matter of days before it hits your phone. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings->About Phone->Software Updates, and selecting the ‘Check for Updates’ option.

HTC Flyer Bootloader Now Unlockable Using HTC’s Developer Portal

Last month, HTC released its much awaited web-based boot loader unlock tool for the HTC EVO 3D and the various variants of the HTC Sensation.

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While the boot loader unlock tool from HTC does what it states, it does not provide a user with S-OFF access. This does complicate matters a little, but thankfully modders have already found a workaround. Today, HTC has updated its web-based tool to add support for the various versions of its first ever Android tablet, the Flyer.

Flyer owners who are interested in unlocking the boot loader on their tablet should head over to HTC’s developer website. Flyer owners should keep in mind that by unlocking the boot loader on their tablet, they will be voiding its warranty.

Hopefully, HTC will soon add support for more devices like the HTC Thunderbolt, Incredible S and the Desire S to its boot loader unlocking portal.

The HTC Flyer will also get its Honeycomb update sometime soon. Recently, a Honeycomb based ROM for the Flyer had leaked on the Internet.

Apple Updates MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, and Cinema Displays, Drops the White MacBook

In conjunction with the launch of OS X 10.7 Lion, Apple has made a few changes to their product line. If you go take a look at the Apple Store, you will notice that a couple of products have the little bluw “new” tags over head, and that the Mac line is one computer shorter now.

Apple is now offering upgraded versions of the MacBook Air and Mac mini, as well has a their first Thunderbolt display in the new Cinema Display. Lets take a look at the Specs for each new product, then we will look at what has gone missing form the Apple Store page.

The MacBook Air comes in two sizes, the 11.6 and 13.3-inch beauties we knew before, but each packs a couple major changes. First, they have been given Intel Sandy Bridge chipsets, like the recently updated MacBook Pros. This brings better overall speed to the SSD-powered ultra portables. They have also been given Thunderbolt ports on the right hand side, which looks to be Apple’s new standard feature.

There were two other predicted upgrades to the Air that have indeed come true. First,  backlit keyboards have returned, bringing joy to all of us who type in dark rooms. Second, the Air will now ship with Lion, making it the first of Apple’s laptops to do so. The cheapest Air is now only $999.

The next product that saw an upgrade on Wednesday is the Mac mini. It received the same basic upgrades as the Air, bringing the Sandy Bridge architecture, Thunderbolt, and Lion to Apple’s cheapest desktop option. Unfortunately, you can no longer get an optical drive with your mini. You can pick up the lowest end option for $599.

There is also a new version of the Mac mini server, which is running the new server version of Lion. It comes packing Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt, and 2 500GB HDDs. You can pick it up in the Apple store starting at $999.

The last product that got an upgrade this morning is the Cinema Display. With the inclusion of Thunderbolt support, Apple has renamed the 27-inch LED powered display the Thunderbolt Display. You can buy it now for $999. Be warned that this new display will only work if your Mac has a Thunderbolt Connector.

The last update to the Apple store is easily the saddest. There were rumors going around the tech community that Apple was planning to end the life of the polycarbonate white MacBook. It seems as tho those rumors are turn, as it is no longer listed on Apple’s website. If you want to buy one of the entry-level notebooks, some are still available in the Apple Refurb store, but there is no guarantee on how long they will last.

Htc Thunderbolt Gets a Software Update to Fix the Random Reboot Issue

HTC and Verizon have started rolling out a new software update for their first ever 4G LTE capable smartphone the Thunderbolt. No, this is not the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, which Thunderbolt owners are expecting.

Instead, this OTA update is aimed at improving the 4G connectivity issues along with the random reboot issue, from which most of the Thunderbolt owners suffer. The OTA update carries the version number 1.70.605.0, and weighs in at 74MB.

Thunderbolt_Software_Update

Below is the official change-log of the update from Verizon :

  • Improved data connectivity.
  • Enhanced Call History view.
  • Reduced number of device power cycles and resets.
  • Improved Bluetooth ® Discovery Mode pop-up window.
  • View App Menu in tabbed layout.
  • People search function enabled.
  • Backup Assistant has been added to the All Apps menu.
  • Preloaded My Verizon, V CAST Music and V CAST Videos.
  • Desktop cradle App is now available, showing clock in landscape mode.
  • NY Times site has been added into the browser bookmarks.

HTC Thunderbolt owners can already download and install the update on their phone. To do so, go to Settings-> About Phone-> Software Update, and select the Check for updates option. The handset will then automatically download and install the update.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update Coming Soon; Will Bring Video Chatting Via Skype And Google Talk

When Verizon and HTC announced the Thunderbolt at the CES 2011, the phone was supposed to ship with a video chat capable version of Skype. However, from the time of its announcement to its release date, something happened and the Thunderbolt did not ship with a video chat capable version of Skype.

Now, the folks over at Android And Me have got their hands on some internal documents from Verizon, which suggests that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting a software update on June 30th.

HTC_Thunderbolt_Android_gingerbread

The software update will bump the Android version on the handset to 2.3.4, and will include a bunch of bug-fixes including a fix for the random reboot issue. The software update carrying the build number 2.07.605.2 will also bring the video-chat capable version of Google Talk, and a new version of Skype, which will also support video-chatting.

The update will also bump the Sense version to 2.1, which will include integration with HTCSense.com. The update also aims at improving the aGPS performance of the handset, and will install Amazon AppStore along with Verizon’s Phone Finder and MyVerizon app.

Hopefully, there will be no technical problems and the Android 2.3.4 update for the Thunderbolt will not be delayed.

HTC Thunderbolt Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update Leaks

In the last one week or so, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Desire HD, T-Mobile G2, and the Desire Z have leaked on the Internet. This is all due to only one man 911Sniper.

He also released the ROMs of un-released handsets like the HTC Doubleshot, and the Sensation, due to which many Android handsets got a taste of Sense 3.0 UI.

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Now, 911Sniper has just released the Android 2.3 Gingerbread test build for the HTC Thunderbolt (codenamed Mecha). HTC had earlier announced that the Thunderbolt will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by Q2 of 2011.

A leaked test build suggests that the company is already working on the update, and in all probability the update is in its final stages. Sadly, the leaked test build is based on Android 2.3.3, which means video calling via the front facing camera using Google Talk will be a no go!

The HTC Thunderbolt was the first 4G LTE compatible handset to hit the Verizon network. The handset packs a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD, and is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The Thunderbolt launched with Android 2.2 Froyo on-board, with HTC’s Sense UI (v2.0) running on top of it.

The Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt will bring with it performance improvements, usability improvements, and native SIP calling etc.

I don’t own a HTC Thunderbolt myself so as to test the leaked Gingerbread build. However, I would suggest readers to check out Droid-Life for a small preview of the Gingerbread leak.

Download Skype With Video Call Support For HTC Thunderbolt

Back at CES 2011, HTC and Verizon announced their first ever 4G LTE capable phone the Thunderbolt.

At that time, the Thunderbolt was advertised to come with a new Skype version, which would allow users to do video calls. However, due to some reasons the Thunderbolt did not ship with Skype pre-installed.

HTC_Thunderbolt

Even Skype did not release an updated version of their app on the Android Market, which supported video calls. In fact, Verizon removed all the advertisements from the Internet, which stated that the Thunderbolt will come with video-chatting capabilities via Skype.

Now, the awesomely awesome folks over at Droid-Life have somehow managed to get their hands on a leaked Skype APK, which allows Thunderbolt owners to make video calls!

Sadly, this APK file works only on the HTC Thunderbolt. I tried to install this file on my Samsung Galaxy S, but the app simply refused to install.

Thunderbolt owners can download the Skype APK file from here.