HTC Thunderbolt Begins Android 4.0 Testing – Can Almost Taste That Sweet Ice Cream Already


With Mobile World Congress behind us and the HTC One series of devices stealing the show, many HTC customers were left drooling over the new version of Sense and Android 4.0 that came along with it. Well, if you’re currently still holding onto your aging HTC Thunderbolt, we may have some good news that will breathe new life into the device.

It appears that HTC has begun the testing phase for getting Ice Cream Sandwich onto the device, sending out emails looking for testers of the software as leaked by VZBuzz. Keeping true to their word, HTC has not forgotten the Thunderbolt and even though the device might not have the latest dual-core specs, it’s nice to see the device hasn’t been abandoned by it’s parent.

It’s still unclear if the Thunderbolt will be receiving the all new Sense 4.0 as found on the HTC One X and One S — or the slightly toned down Sense 3.6 as found on the HTC One V. We’re guessing the latter. Has anyone else received one of these emails?

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I believe HTC has already stated that all current devices will be getting Sense 3.6 due to the hardware in the camera. Sense 4.0 will only “officially” come to new phones, however I am 100% sure that “unofficially” it will be on the majority of current devices thanks to the likes of XDA.

    And I know that because I have tested it out on my 3D. lol

    1. Sense 3.6 but based on Android 4.0?

        1. That’s weird.

          1. Why? Sense and Android are completely different things. Their version numbers don’t have to match up.

          2. true.. camera is camera is camera.   As it stands, they build Sense per phone, just as they do with Android, to make sure the hardware works with the OS.   Rezound’s camera is updated enough to where it should work.  Hell, my Liquid OG Droid has more camera options than stock Tbolt Sense and it’s a hella old camera.

  2. I heard that this was a fake I hope not but knowing Verizon its probably not true.

  3. Just when I thought I would start looking to replace my TB this pops up!

  4. Tbolt or GTFO

  5.  Dinc 2 getting closer!!!

    1. YES!!!!!! :D for incredible 2!!!

    2. HTC Rezound says hello.

  6. Rezound love please!

  7. Sweet heavens! Hopefully the testing goes well and fast. This type of updating will keep me loyal to the brand for sure. Thanks HTC!

  8. Thunderbolt with ICS will be a beast.

  9. Thunderbolt came out a full year after the Desire.

  10. unless you meant the desire S, which is supposed to get ICS.

  11. so mt4g should get it too 

  12. thats very hot and impressive

  13. tbolt is only 1 year old with an qualcomm s2 and the desire is almost 2 years old with a qualcomm s1

  14. lol… my “aging” thunderbolt. Totally, I bought it last March. Now my shit is already discontinued by Verizon. Does anyone else see a pretty favorable bias toward Motorola ‘Droid’ handsets?

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