It’s too late, but better late than never. The HTC Thunderbolt is now receiving an official ICS update from Verizon thought it received a custom ICS ROM previously that was ported from other HTC devices. There had been speculations about this update previously but it really took longer than it would have. But for Tuhnderbolt users to rejoice, the update is now available Over The Air (OTA).
You should get a notification to download the update and install it on your phone whenever your device is connected to the internet via WiFi. To download and install this update, you need to enable WiFi and go to Settings > Software update > Status or Check new. You should see something like this:
The update is of size 380 MB and comes with Sense 3.6 Android 4.0.4. Verizon seems to have removed some bloatware from this update. Regarding this update, the official announcement from Verizon says: Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, 7.02.605.06 710RD; Baseband: 8K:2.02.00.1117r 9K:0.02.02.1211r, for your Thunderbolt™ by HTC. This update includes an upgrade to the Android Operating System 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 3.6.
Verizon Wireless and HTC encourage you to download this update[/quote]
Regarding the features that have been added/removed:
- + Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added.
- New customer care solution to improve customer service experience. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless customer care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for device training, application demonstrations and troubleshooting.
- Improved device stability will decrease device resets.
- Verizon Apps, Blockbuster, Rhapsody, Verizon Video and Mobile IM app have been removed.
Have you updated your HTC Thunderbolt to ICS? Do let us know in the comments below.