HTC: we haven’t forgotten about the HTC Thunderbolt [Ice Cream Sandwich]

HTC originally promised Ice Cream Sandwich would be going out to the HTC Thunderbolt months ago, but things have been a bit quiet since then.

Verizon customers were getting worried that it might have received HTC Desire HD treatment (in that HTC would eventually go back on their plans to release Ice Cream Sandwich for the device).

Thankfully, HTC has been responding to customers who are worried about the status of the update and are ensuring everyone that they haven’t forgotten about the Thunderbolt.

In fact, they say things are still on track to roll out by the end of this month. While anything could cause a delay (or worse) at this point we can at least be a little more confident that the HTC Thunderbolt won’t get the shaft.

As for Jelly Bean? Well, let’s just say you’ll want to get over to XDA to see what your current options are because we definitely wouldn’t hold our breath for that one.

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  • MisterMints

    isn’t the Thunderbolt exactly the same as the Desire HD? How can they update one but not the other?!


      It’s on Verizon, which means really slow updates.

      • lynyrd65


    • Zach Hanford

      The DHD didn’t get updated due to a lack of internal memory. They would have to reformat the internal, and users would lose their personal data. The bolt has a lot more internal memory, ergo no data would be lost. Hope this helps.

      • ntegrit

        Even if they were identical, it could perhaps have been carrier-related.

  • phinn

    Incredible 2 / Incredible S and Thunderbolt. Two more 2011 phones that still run Gingerbread.

    • Brian

      Motorola Triumph is a 2011 Froyo :P
      Still being sold.

  • Josh Flowers

    was so excited to get this phone on launch day…and was so excited to root it 2 months later after i realized there was no hope in Hades for adequate Upgrade timelines.

    but it makes a great media player in the car with the 40GB of storage.


    Talk about a brick of a phone. I’m glad i didn’t get it back in Spring ’11

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      More tank than brick.

  • John Wentworth

    Wow, I gave up on the Thunderbolt quite awhile ago Nexus is the way to go only way to get timely updates.

  • mugsy

    Thunderbolt has 768 MB of ram to the DHDs 512. That would be my guess.

    • Treknologist

      The problem with the DHD is the internal storage. It only has 1.5 GB whereas the TBolt has 8 GB. As someone else said, this is the reason HTC did not update the DHD as the only way to do it would have been to repartition internal storage and erase the phone.

  • Shaikh&GuestLoveMe

    Thx htc, but i think it will be delayed like lastyear, time to unroot

  • Batjeeper

    I finally got ICS working on my Thunderbolt. I purchased a GS3 yesterday. I’m done with HTC. Hope I don’t regret this decision.

    • ntegrit

      Former htc fanboy, but Thunderbolt (and Eris) drove me into the arms of a Galaxy Nexus.

      • Lactose_the_Intolerant

        Current htc fanboy… 2 years with the DInc, 6 months with the Rezound. Really enjoy their stuff and looking forward to their 5″ beast later this year.

        • ntegrit

          My son also went from the DInc to a (bargain-priced) Rezound – just got ICS, too – and he’s been happy with them, as well. (by the way, I love the name, “Lactose the Intolerant”!)

          • Lactose_the_Intolerant

            heh, thanks! I was so close to getting the Galaxy Nexus… HTC comes out with 5″ 1080 quad-core beast by years end — most likely my next phone.

    • InspectorGadget80

      smart move

  • David Osborn

    Geesh… About freaking time….

  • Kelly Anderson

    No desire hd has a 1-1.5gb? partition for the for OS the Tbolt has 4gp so it should fit.

  • Adam

    I will believe it when I see it.

  • InspectorGadget80

    Yet it will be delayed again. the THUNDERBOLT is probably their worst phone ever made due to their crappy BATTERY LIFE from what i heard from THUNDERBOLT owners. Just glad i never buy the ONE X on the AT&T version.

  • Five TBolts

    On my 5th TBolt. Now out of warranty. 8 months to go. Most loved/hated phone. When it dies so does my cheap unlimited dated. I don’t want it on lots of devices, Verizon. Heard of Wi-Fi?