Verizon HTC Thunderbolt software update now rolling out

Verizon has officially confirmed a few hours ago that a software update for the HTC Thunderbolt has begun rolling out. Before you run for the champagne, be advised that this isn’t an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s an update meant to fix bugs and bring some improvements and enhancements here and there.

Still, even if you’re disappointed for it not being Gingerbread, there’s no reason not to update. Data connectivity has been enhanced while using Verizon’s 3G network, SMS and MMS messaging bugs have been fixed, stability improvements have been applied to certain apps such as Facebook, Kayak, Yahoo Mail, and My Verizon, the weather widget now always displays an accurate location, and GPS fixes have been sped up.

The update is about 22 MB in size and is of the over-the-air variety. That means that your Thunderbolt will, at some point in the next few days, notify you that there’s an update available. Installing it will take about ten minutes, and during that time your phone will restart and will not be usable for phone calls. Full instructions are available in this PDF that Verizon has provided, and the full benefits of upgrading are listed in this PDF.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Seeteedub

    welp, I’ve got a Thunderbolt..and haven’t received anything yet.

  • Jfibert1

    Yup…waiting “patiently”

  • Ryan Forber

    Does it improve the battery life? I can’t get my phone to last longer than 4 hours.

  • Friedchicken300

    Yeah same here. Nothing yet…..

  • Rdizzy

    Turn off vibration on touch and turn off animations. Mine lasts from 8am-530pm roughly with medium usage and screen brightness at 20 percent. Task killer set to crazy and clean out running services once a day. Sounds like a lot but no big deal. Love my bolt.

  • Cullenrlawson

    you need ATK. Mine lasted about 6 hours before, now, killing apps regularly, I get about 13 hours out of it. You have to turn down your brightness, turn off Wi-Fi and bluetooth etc. Also, if your using it for games, music or movies, its going to die quickly just like every other battery-operated device.

  • Rocky T.

    Still waiting :/

  • goaliedude94

    I got the extended battery and it easily runs a fun day and a half with medium use, I play music on it all day and I play games and text and call people and go on the internet a ton. I think the extended battery is totally worth every cent