Earlier this week, the HTC ThunderBolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update finally rolled out after a lengthy delay. And now that the update has been out for a few days, more and more owners are starting to see the software become available. And so far, the owners who have installed the software seem to have mixed feelings about the update.
In August of last year, HTC delayed both the HTC ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible 2 Ice Cream Sandwich update. At the time, while many expected the delay to maybe last a couple of weeks, it lasted for just about five months, at least for HTC ThunderBolt owners.
Earlier this week, ThunderBolt owners finally were treated to their long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, an update that is currently rolling out in phases just ahead of the device’s two year anniversary. Droid Incredible 2 owners were not so lucky and their update to Android 4.0 ICS is still missing in action.
Needless to say, many HTC ThunderBolt owners have taken the Ice Cream Sandwich plunge now that the update is available. Thing is, the experience has been a bit mixed for those that have installed the update.
While there are HTC ThunderBolt owners who have praised the update for its fantastic battery life and its numerous features, there are also HTC ThunderBolt owners out there who are dealing with some issues.
Several owners who we have been in contact with since the update was delayed say that the update is working flawlessly and that they are thoroughly enjoying the update that HTC and Verizon bestowed upon them. That’s not surprising given that Android 4.0 is a huge upgrade from Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an aging version of Google’s software.
— Pedro(@wowtorreon) February 6, 2013
We’re also hearing that network connectivity issues for many have been squashed. However, as is the case with most Android updates, there are also users that are reporting issues with the HTC ThunderBolt ICS update.
Maybe the biggest concern that we’ve heard, and seen, is about sluggishness with the user interface. Some users are even reporting that the UI has slowed down to a crawl. Applications are also said to be opening slower than normal. Obviously, that’s not an optimal experience, especially after waiting for five months for the update.
Be forewarned: ICS is just making my HTC Thunderbolt CRAWL. I think HTC/Verizon just want me to buy another phone.
— Matt Quirion (@mquirion) February 7, 2013
Those with sluggishness may want to try a couple things. One, try updating applications. Often there is a rogue app that could be causing issues due to compatibility. Owners should also try waiting a few days for things to settle down. This is an old phone that just received a massive update. And if all else fails, a factory reset might be in order.
The good news though is that users with issues do seem to be in the minority, which is good for an phone that just received a major Android update close to its second birthday.