HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Finally Rolls Out
The HTC ThunderBolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, promised for August but delayed, is finally rolling out to patient owners just a few days after Verizon signed off on it.
HTC ThunderBolt owners, or what’s left of them, are reporting that Verizon is pushing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update out right now through an Over-the-Air update. This means that owners can now head into the device settings, assuming a prompt hasn’t appeared, to check for the update. To do this, simply head into Settings, go into the About section, and check for an update.
The update, if it’s available, will prompt a download and after that, the installation process will begin. The update is a sizable one, checking in at well over 300MB in size so HTC ThunderBolt owners will want to set aside some time to install the software. It could take several minutes and given the HTC ThunderBolt’s age, it could take quite awhile.
Verizon says that the update is rolling out in phases, which means that it should hit a select few today and then roll out to more users in the coming days. Verizon has said that the roll out could take as long as three weeks. The HTC ThunderBolt is also an older device which means that there likely aren’t tons of owners left which should help to shorten the update’s roll out period but again, owners should brace for the worst.
— VZW Support (@VZWSupport) February 5, 2013
For those that waited this long for the update to arrive, this is a big day. HTC had originally slated the Android 4.0 update for the ThunderBolt to roll out in August of last year, only to delay it indefinitely at the last minute.
Since that day, owners were left without any concrete answers from either company until the last day of February when Verizon approved the update for roll out.
Android 4.0 will be a huge upgrade over Android 2.3 Gingerbread, bringing a new user interface, Face Unlock, new Folders, Multitasking functionality, and more.