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HTC Admits It Will Miss ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Deadline



HTC has seemingly admitted that it will miss the HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich deadline today which means that the update will more than likely roll out sometime in early September.

Earlier today we told you that HTC said it was still actively working on Ice Cream Sandwich updates which we believed to include the Droid Incredible 2 and HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich updates. And yesterday, we told you that HTC was dodging questions about the HTC ThunderBolt’s ICS updates chances for an August roll out.

Well, it now looks like HTC has come right out and admitted that the update will not roll out today in a post on its Facebook page.

Read: HTC Actively Working on ICS Updates as ThunderBolt & Incredible 2 Deadline Nears.

In response to a question about the ThunderBolt update, the company had this to say:

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It looks like the HTC ThunderBolt ICS update is delayed.

While there is still time left in the release window, it seems that HTC has resigned itself to admitting to the fact that the ThunderBolt update will not roll out today.

It could be that this Facebook account is wrong but so far, we have seen nothing but signs pointing to a delay.

First, it was HTC’s refusal to commit to August, something that happened yesterday. Then, today, it remained tight-lipped. Throw in the fact that Verizon hasn’t posted a changelog and it looks like September is going to be the month for this update, if, the update even rolls out at all.

Read: 4 Reasons Why the HTC ThunderBolt ICS Update Could Be Late.

We have seen the software leak, which is a good sign, but it’s possible that HTC and Verizon could still can the update if it’s not performing up to par.

The HTC ThunderBolt is an aging device that has seen its fair share of bugs so it’s possible that HTC and Verizon could change their minds like they did with the HTC Desire HD.

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

As for the Droid Incredible 2 update, it looks like it might not hit the August deadline either.

Anyone else frustrated?



  1. Letter

    08/31/2012 at 2:45 pm

    I know it!

  2. Mike

    08/31/2012 at 3:00 pm

    Mr Mills, what exactly makes you think that this update will more than likely be released in early September? I have no faith whatsoever in HTC to be able to deliver this update. Mainly because of the deplorable way that HTC/Verizon have handled inquiries from their customers about their promised timetables. They gave themselves many months to complete this update, and they even gave themselves a 60 day window for the release date.

    I understand that problems can arise during application development that can jeopardize the proposed release date, but these problems usually present themselves MONTHS before the last day of the release window. And when these problems arise, it’s the responsibility of HTC to inform their customers that their original window was inaccurate. Instead, they waited until 1 day before the end of the release window, and “hinted” that they weren’t going to make it. No explanation–no apologies–nothing. So what exactly happened that they missed their own self-imposed deadline by, what, no more than a few weeks? Well I have no idea because HTC doesn’t care to tell us.

    Also, the leaked ICS rom for the Thunderbolt was extremely laggy and came equipped with the short 6-hour battery life that I’ve grown to know and love about this phone. It’s fairly stable, but other than the aesthetic changes that come with ICS, absolutely *NONE* of the major problems with this phone seemed to have been resolved by the ICS leak.

    This phone is a joke, HTC is a joke the way they insult their customers by not giving straight answers to questions about their failures, and this whole story is turning into a joke! Mills, at this point you are giving HTC publicity that they simply don’t deserve.

    • Christopher Lee

      08/31/2012 at 9:30 pm

      I agree with 99 percent of this, with one exception. As a full time college student that is not only in his last semester for his A.A. degree, but will be done with my A.A.S. in Network Administration, I have been able to talk network and tech to some of the support crew with Verizon, and I was informed that Carriers have no input on any upgrades. It falls entirely on the manufacturer, from design and programming the code, to using their database of MEID’s to roll out their update. The carriers have nothing to do with the updates. The manufacturers, however are the ones to be held accountable. Think of Apple, and their iOS upgrades. The carrier has no influential impact regarding new iOS releases. Apple announces the next iOS, designs and builds the code….Beta tests the product, and then its iTunes bound. HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are the same…. Blame HTC, not Verizon for their lack of competence regarding ics…

  3. ShapesBlue

    08/31/2012 at 3:11 pm

    Go figure! Everyone pretty much said it wouldn’t be out by the end of August. Hopefully it will indeed happen but its more unlikely at this point. And yea making hints it will be out in early September is just wrong, don’t assume it will be out when you don’t have the facts

  4. Tim

    08/31/2012 at 3:27 pm

    frustrated yes… surprised no

  5. Robert

    08/31/2012 at 4:18 pm

    its just the SOS. Read, blame Verizon, Verizon blames HTC. Then they ignore the customers until…
    The Thunderbolt and its owners have been treated shabby to put it mildly. So why is this any different. It’s just a continuation of the SOS.

  6. MW

    08/31/2012 at 4:22 pm

    Never buy another HTC phone again. Verizon expects me to sign a 2 year contract and keep the phone for two years before I can upgrade??? Yeah right. I defy anyone to keep an HTC for 2 years! I want my money back for a crappy phone with no updates as promised!

    • Terry Jones

      09/01/2012 at 9:49 am

      Maybe a class action lawsuit against htc & verizon would help us get our money back. Both companies lied thru their teeth to get us to buy this lump of shit. Both promised timely updates if we took this phobe. Got their two yr contract from us, then laughed all the way to the bank

  7. Michael B Spohn

    08/31/2012 at 5:24 pm

    I’m getting the Samsung Galaxy S III. This Thunderbolt has been a mistake since Day one. I will never again get another HTC phone.

  8. ihatehtc

    08/31/2012 at 7:48 pm

    Fuck HTC.

    • Ghost

      08/31/2012 at 8:16 pm

      Yes, and Verizon.

  9. Kelba

    09/01/2012 at 4:54 am

    We don’t care HTC we’re not buying your devices anymore. You dropped the ball on this one from day one.

  10. Joel

    09/01/2012 at 7:37 am

    Everyone is saying ‘I hate htc and I will never buy a phone from them again!’ I understand that and I am upset as well. I really can’t blame Verizon only because they are just there to sell the phone under their services. Htc on the other hand is the responsible for the software and hardware side. They know their devices and they know how they run. I don’t see why they need Verizon help to get this rolling (beside adding their bloat ware on it). I rather htc get the ics running smoothly for my tBolt then to have it run through so many bugs. I have less than a year to get me a new phone. Will it htc? Idk.

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