Verizon HTC ThunderBolt software update starts rolling out tonight, fixes reboot issues

About two months ago, Verizon and HTC issued a software update for the ThunderBolt, one of Verizon’s 4G LTE enabled Android-powered smartphones. The update wasn’t, sadly, one to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the operating system. It was in fact a minor update, but one that unfortunately made many devices randomly reboot.

Today Verizon will issue another minor update for the ThunderBolt. This will however be major for those who have experienced random reboots, since it’s supposed to fix them. This isn’t Gingerbread either. Regardless of the fact that we’ve heard that the Gingerbread update will happen in June, and now it’s July. It’s simply not Gingerbread.

What is it then? Well, aside from fixing reboots, it brings a preinstalled cradle dock app, improved data connectivity, enhanced Call History view, improved Bluetooth discovery mode, the app menu can now be viewed in a tabbed layout, people search is enabled, Backup Assistant is in All Apps, My Verizon, V Cast Music and V Cast Videos are preloaded, and the NY Times website has made it onto the Web browser’s bookmarks list.

That’s about it. According to Droid Life, the update should go live around 8 PM ET (that’s in less than two hours at the time of posting this). Being an over the air update means that its rollout will probably be staggered, so the update may not hit your device for many hours, perhaps even days. The key is not to give up hope. One of these days, those reboots will go away.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Blah

    So it seems HTC wants people to root their phones to get decent updates? (decent as in gingerbread…)

  • Trackkid4224

    I got the update at 8:27! I thought it was gingerbread but when i realized it wasnt, i was very sad and pissed but at least my phone won’t reboot anymore (hopefully)!

  • Tiffany

    I got all the verizon apps and hoping a fix for all the reboots but I don’t have the news or the options of viewing my apps on tabs unless I just haven’t figured out how to do it! Call history is no different, Bluetooth appears to be the same….. Pretty much the same as before the update other than the Verizon apps……… Hopefully rebooting is no longer an issue. It hasn’t rebooted since I updated!!!

  • jrock

    Everything will still be the same the update just fixes the reboot issue and blocks the free mobile hotspot. If you still want your free mobile hotspot don’t update. That’s if your willing to put up with the random reboot. I know I messed up and threw away money on this phone but I rather keep my mobile hotspot and save myself 30 bucks. I use my hotspot for my >Xoom. I will wait out for the gingerbread update then I can root it to get the hotspot feature. Just wait it out a little longer for gingerbread then u can root it after. :)