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HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread Update Rolling Out June 30th?



Consider us skeptical at this point because this all sounds too good to be true but it appears that the HTC ThunderBolt’s Gingerbread update, Android 2.3.4 to be exact, will be rolling out on June 30th and will be bringing a host of goodies that should get ThunderBolt owners excited.

HTC ThunderBolt Update

Some evidence popped up last night indicating that the ThunderBolt Gingerbread update is not only going to bring Android 2.3.4 to the device but would also be bringing Skype with video support, the Amazon Appstore, Google Talk with video chat support joining the Nexus devices, Sense 2.1, enhanced GPS, Download Manager, MyVerizon, and Verizon Phone Finder.

Oh, and above all, it’ll probably fix the ThunderBolt reboot issues. Yup, the update is pretty much the exact thing that ThunderBolt owners have been dreaming about and June 30th is looking like the day it will arrive.

HTC ThunderBolt

We had heard that the end of June was a likely candidate for the update and it appears that the software is right on schedule. So keep those fingers crossed and hope that this is the real deal.

Via: Android and Me



  1. scott braunworth

    06/18/2011 at 6:36 pm

    @Adam..Yea well you know how that goes, Just like I got my Gingerbread update for my droid 2 Global this week from them!   They never seem to be getting out these updates on time.  I’d rather VZW not say anything, and us just wake up to a surprise 2.3 update waiting when my alarm goes off!

    • Joshua Schultz Montana

      06/18/2011 at 7:10 pm

      I second this motion. It seems you could almost commoditize the update news. And if you state a date then stick to it already. 

      • Kelly Mleczko

        07/20/2011 at 3:49 pm

        I talked with Verizon about this the last time I called. They said that right now the Droid X is getting the update and the Thunderbolt is next to get it. So I am not even expecting anything for a few weeks. At least we will get the update.. eventually.

    • Eburton571

      07/02/2011 at 1:42 am

      On July 23rd I was told by a vzw manager that this update will be coming in a week. Its July 1 and no signs of update yet. However Portland Oregon just got 4g. Love the down load speed.

      • David Cramblett

        07/08/2011 at 6:29 pm

        lol…. I have had 4g in Portland since early this year.

  2. ashleigh

    06/18/2011 at 11:13 pm

    @ Scott-
    Technically, VZW hasn’t announced anything and these are all rumors.  We follow the rumors because we want to know what’s coming out.  If you want to be surprised, don’t read the rumor websites and then you won’t be upset that they didn’t come out on the rumored “on time” date.

    • scott braunworth

      06/19/2011 at 9:09 pm

      Just let me correct you on your comment Ashleigh.. Actually, how I first heard about it was I called Verizon tech support about an issue with my phone, and he said don’t worry that should be fixed with the new update that you’ll be getting on the 15th of June, which is the Android 2.3 update from Motorola.  So my info was actually came straight from Verizon themselves, not a “rumor from a website”.  
      These websites that you say spread rumors, got this info all because Verizon posted the new update info on their website for everyone to see, and told us customers about it as well..       

  3. ashleigh

    06/18/2011 at 11:13 pm

    @ Scott-
    Technically, VZW hasn’t announced anything and these are all rumors.  We follow the rumors because we want to know what’s coming out.  If you want to be surprised, don’t read the rumor websites and then you won’t be upset that they didn’t come out on the rumored “on time” date.

  4. Stephen

    06/19/2011 at 1:26 am

    Does thunderbolt have Swype?

    • Ghuts

      06/19/2011 at 2:00 am

      no but you can install it from swype beta 

      -Thunderbolt User

      • Stephen

        06/19/2011 at 5:49 pm

        Thanx, I currently have Droid X, but would like to try Thunderbolt.  Sounds like I need to wait until Gingerbread update.

      • Ineed911

        06/20/2011 at 9:03 pm

        …and, the latest Swype install actually works on the thunderbolt

  5. Russell2minix

    06/19/2011 at 4:38 am

    I can only hope that this is true, I am working on my second thunderbolt. My first phone worked great until HTC sent out a update, what a joke. Phone started rebooting 8 to 9 times a day. I don’t want another update like that.

  6. Eddie Yasi

    06/19/2011 at 4:44 pm

    One small point: the Thunderbolt already has the Amazon App Store, so that’s nothing new.  Here’s hoping the June 30th date is accurate!

  7. Awd111980

    06/20/2011 at 1:56 am

    Is there an easy one click root method for the Tbolt? I had to sideload PdaNet (since Verizon locked down the market) but using a USB connection greatly slows down the speed by at least 10Mbps on download.  If I do decide to root it using the instructions in forums then I will wait until this update comes out. Pls help, it would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. fauxhawk70

    06/21/2011 at 4:35 am

    Me like! In your face Samsung and your Samsung Galaxy S line of phones. Glad I went to a Google branded device!

  9. Anthony DeLeo

    06/29/2011 at 2:46 am

    let us remove our bloatware!

  10. Airborne4348

    06/30/2011 at 4:27 pm

    Its June 30 and no updates!! Wth!!!!

  11. Pastrachan

    06/30/2011 at 6:20 pm

    Any word on release?

  12. Drkewings

    06/30/2011 at 6:35 pm

    Just hung up with VZW tech support; said update should be released today. I was given this info after I refused a refurbished replacement.

    • Jcbunch5650

      07/01/2011 at 3:17 am

      They offered me the same thing…really, refurbished after what I paid for new one..not happening ..send me a new one and we gotta deal

  13. Anonymous

    06/30/2011 at 7:50 pm

    Verizon is trying to send something to my phone today. a little over 32MB in size. Not sure if it’s Gingerbread or not.
    I’ve downloaded twice and it won’t install, it just causes my phone to keep shutting down about a minute after it powers up or if it tries to install I get the failure warning sign.

    • Ricardochavez1989

      06/30/2011 at 9:23 pm

      You get it o work?

    • Metroid8

      06/30/2011 at 9:37 pm

      the update should be about 200MB if its the gingerbread update

  14. Ricardochavez1989

    06/30/2011 at 9:15 pm

    Anybody get the update for thunderbolt im waiting still

    • j-funk

      07/01/2011 at 1:20 am

      Let’s have it already!

      • Danajdarcy

        07/01/2011 at 2:03 am

        Where is the update? It the 30th people.

      • Danajdarcy

        07/01/2011 at 2:03 am

        Where is the update? It the 30th people.

  15. George

    07/01/2011 at 3:47 am

    where is the update? is about to be the 1st  dam my phone also did the restart but nothing yet wtfffff…. dam 

  16. Ramosric1979

    07/01/2011 at 4:48 am

    So much 4 da update…..its da 1st already……lol lmao

  17. Yungromenwk

    07/01/2011 at 7:15 am

    Well it’s July first bummer!

  18. Yungromenwk

    07/01/2011 at 7:19 am

    Melltio outcome

  19. Guess me

    07/01/2011 at 11:59 am

    june 30?? is that 2012??  2011??? must be a typo.. can you guys correct that!!!

  20. Mapleleaf160

    07/03/2011 at 5:09 pm

    maybe itll come july 4th lol 

  21. Yisroelmeirluss Yml

    07/08/2011 at 3:10 am

    still waiting for gingerbread

  22. TheBoa

    07/08/2011 at 11:58 pm

    Don’t know if anyone cares but.. i just checked for “Software Update” on my Thunderbolt about 5 min. ago and it just started DL new firmware!!!!!!!!

    • Ricardochavez1989

      07/09/2011 at 9:28 am

      Me to it was not gb

    • Ramosric1979

      07/11/2011 at 4:56 am

      Its only a Verizon update. So now the myverizon widget works on TB….that’s all

  23. Cm7

    07/09/2011 at 12:30 am

    My Thunderbolt is downloading a firmware right now, hope is Gingerbread..Update later

  24. Christopher Daniel

    07/21/2011 at 2:25 am

    Looks like the Droid Bionic may hit stores before we see a Gingerbread release…  Got this email at 8:37 tonight, straight from HTC themselves…

    Dear Christopher,

    I understand that you would like to update your device as soon as possible. I know how important it is to keep your device current and I apologize this is taking so long.

    Before releasing a ROM update we have to be sure that the software is going to work properly on your hardware and on your carrier’s network. This testing does take some time but will result in an update that is optimized to work on your device and on your carrier’s network. While we want to release software as soon as we can we will only do so once the software has passed our quality standards.

    We stated that the update would be released within the second quarter and I know this has passed. However, as I am sure you are aware, a maintenance release triggered random reboots with the Thunderbolt and many customers were having issues with this and making the devices practically unusable. I can only guess, as I do not have any official information, as to the reason the update was pushed back. My guess is that HTC wanted to correct the rebooting issue before sending out another update. Now, the maintenance release to resolve rebooting issue has been released and I am sure we are diverting our attention back to the Gingerbread update to get this released as quickly as possible for our customers.

    At this time we do not have any information about an update for your device. When the update is released it will be announced on

    To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number *****************.


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