Since the end of August, HTC ThunderBolt owners have been wondering when they might be getting the long awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update. There have been rumblings, but unfortunately, that wait appears headed into its fourth month as November, the third month of the ThunderBolt’s ICS update stay in update limbo, comes to a close.
Shortly before HTC’s self-imposed August deadline for the HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update, the company acknowledged that there would be a delay with both the ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible 2 ICS updates. At the time, HTC offered no information regarding any sort of timing for the updates only saying that it was continuing to work with Verizon on making the software available.
As November closes out, it now appears that HTC ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible 2 owners will now be moving into their fourth month of waiting for not only the update but some sort of response from either HTC and Verizon in regards to the updates. Thus far, owners have been treated to rumors and a couple of statements from HTC including its most recent one which suggests that it’s working on a connectivity issue with the Droid Incredible 2 Ice Cream Sandwich update.
Other than that, HTC has stuck to generic responses or silence while Verizon has remained completely tacit.
Over the course of the past few months, the HTC ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible 2 owners we’ve spoken to have struck a wide range of emotions. Initially, they were angry and frustrated. Then, after the weeks went on, they became incredulous. And now, nearly three whole months after the update was promised, many are just laughing it off with one calling it a “disaster.”
That’s probably not too far from the truth. It’s hard to remember the last time an major Android update dragged on this long. HTC ThunderBolt owners will remember the months it took for HTC and Verizon to roll out the bug fix update for the random reboot issues but beyond that update, it’s extremely difficult to recall a situation as ridiculous and really, as disastrous as this one.
The other day, I tried to envision an iOS update delayed for this long for iPhone owners and all I could do was laugh. And at this point, some of the HTC ThunderBolt owners I’ve spoken to have done the same. It has reached that point of absurdity.
At least there is some good news afoot in the form of HTC’s rather candid response in regards to the Droid Incredible 2 ICS update. It could be that we see some positive news soon. Better late than never, right?