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HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Still In the Works



As January comes to an end, HTC is still singing the same tune when it comes to the missing HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update. Per usual, the company still is not offering inquiring owners a specific release date but it is still telling them that the ThunderBolt ICS update is still in the works.

Read: HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Predictions.

For the past several months, HTC has been engaging HTC ThunderBolt owners asking about the missing Ice Cream Sandwich update, an update that was once promised by the end of August but still hasn’t rolled out. In fact, the ThunderBolt’s ICS update saga is about to enter into its six month, just a month outside of the HTC ThunderBolt’s two year anniversary.

In response to these inquires, HTC has been all over the board. For the most part however, HTC has tried to calm owners nerves by telling them that its still working on an update. And it seems that it’s sticking to its guns all the way into the start of February.

In an email to Gotta Be Mobile, a frustrated HTC ThunderBolt owner has relayed HTC’s response to his questions about the missing update. The response is a familiar one.


HTC says that it is still working on the ThunderBolt ICS update.

HTC again confirms that it is indeed still working on the HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update but offers no time table on when the software might be released.

At the very least, this should instill a bit of hope into owners that have waited this long for the software to roll out. As we’ve said many times, HTC likely would have cancelled the update already if it was never going to roll out and while it’s not confirmation that anything is close, it helps that representatives are still confirming the update to be in the works.

HTC has said that it’s ironing out connectivity issues with the update and it has also said that the update will “be here soon“. Here’s to hoping that it gets those ironed out and is able to make good on that proclamation.

The HTC ThunderBolt was the first 4G LTE smartphone in the United States and it remains on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a piece of software that has been replaced by three new versions of Android.

Thanks for the tip, T!



  1. Mike Roscoe

    01/30/2013 at 12:06 pm

    As far as I’m concerned they can stop working on it right now. I’ve decided to lose HTC and go with another phone manufacturer in a couple months when it’s time to buy one. HTC has proven to me they are not concern with customer service. I’ve waited so long for this update I forget exactly why.

    • shawn

      01/30/2013 at 2:51 pm

      I’m not waiting on the update anymore just my 2years with the phone then I’m switch from HTC to another android phone maker

  2. Richard Allen Yarrell

    01/30/2013 at 3:48 pm

    No doubt the Htc Thubderdud was a wanna be Evo. It’s totally useless especially on Verizon. Another LTE Verizon device with crazy poor battery life. Verizon sucks rotten eggs

  3. John

    01/30/2013 at 6:58 pm


  4. Buck

    01/30/2013 at 7:59 pm

    My Tbolt died today. For some unknown reason, it started restarting itself and cannot be fixed or flashed with another rom, from the official release (i.e., never rooted). So the ICS carrot was dangled in front of me right up until the end. Way to go HTC. You can bet your @$$ I’m not looking at any of your phones. Now…can I find a cheap phone to tide me over until Samsung Galaxy S4 arrives?

  5. John

    01/31/2013 at 3:44 am

    Why bother at this point. We’re coming to the end of our contracts and although I still like my TBolt, it can’t compare to what’s out there and to what’s coming. All I know is that my next phone won’t be a HTC. They make nice phones but they haven’t figured out that we don’t want to be constantly aware of where our chargers are.

  6. Mark

    01/31/2013 at 6:17 am

    The phones are showing their age. Connectors are wearing out, batteries getting even less life and we’ve been unable to use a fair chunk of software for even 2.3 for a while, let alone waiting for ICS. The best thing HTC could do for Thunderbolt owners now, if it cared about its customers, is to stop working on this release and say so. The few people left stuck with a device that managed to win BOTH third AND first on a worst of list can then understand its time to move on. If it weren’t for having to pay full price for a phone to keep my data plan I would have already updated. I will next moth as it is, I’m still looking at what I want to get, but the one thing it won’t be this cycle is an HTC phone. I’ll give them a look again next upgrade and see if they had any more debacles like the Thunderbold, a phone that has been nothing but a lightning rod for problems.

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