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.
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