Android 2.3 Gingerbread has been out for 4 months, but sadly even today most Android smartphones aren’t running it. That includes some high-end devices that you have to pay an arm and a leg for (either upfront or via the total cost of that wonderful 2-year contract you signed up for), devices that haven’t been released that long ago to be rendered obsolete by now.
Take the HTC Thunderbolt 4G for example. Verizon has launched it last month, but the superphone comes with Android 2.2 Froyo preinstalled. Sure, there aren’t hundreds of differences between that and Gingerbread, but still, for top notch devices, people now expect timely OS updates.
Via an email sent by an HTC employee to a disgruntled customer, we’ve already known that HTC’s timeframe for the Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt was ‘before the end of Q2′ – meaning before the end of June. However, now we’ve got another unofficial-official confirmation of that schedule, this time relevant for both the Thunderbolt as well as Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G. Again, this comes as a reply to someone’s inquiry about when such updates will be released, and luckily that someone in this case was a TalkAndroid reader and sent them the reply he got from HTC.
It clearly states that, “assuming no major setbacks”, both the Thunderbolt and the Evo will receive the update before the end of June. It also states in no uncertain terms that both of these devices will be updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, so it’s unlikely that HTC will change its mind on this in the future.
June is still six months from when Gingerbread hit the streets, and arguably HTC could have done better, but hey, at least these phones will get the update. Many others simply won’t.
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