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HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Officially In Trouble



It’s official. The HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update is in real trouble.

Last week, when HTC stated that it wasn’t sure whether the HTC Desire HD, a device that is essentially Verizon’s HTC ThunderBolt, would get Ice Cream Sandwich, it became clear that the HTC ThunderBolt ICS update was, at the very least, in doubt.

Over the weekend though, HTC decided to completely cancel the HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich update. HTC said that after extensive testing, the HTC Desire HD just did not perform up to snuff with the ICS on board.

HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update is officially in trouble.

So, even though HTC promised Ice Cream Sandwich for the device, those with the HTC Desire HD will forever be stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It unfortunately could be the same story for the HTC ThunderBolt.

Read: HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update in Doubt.

The HTC Desire HD and the HTC ThunderBolt share almost the same hardware specifications. They both have a single core 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM. And while shared specs alone don’t confirm any bad news for HTC ThunderBolt owners who are waiting patiently for the HTC ThunderBolt update to arrive, the fact that they are similar devices is not a good sign.

Another piece of damning evidence is that we haven’t seen anything about the update. No leaks, no leaked release date, no official word from HTC, and nothing from Verizon’s end.

HTC had said that the update would roll out in July or August and thus far, we’ve seen nothing, unlike the Motorola Droid Bionic update which has seen a flurry of activity in the build up to its release.

That being said, the cancellation of the HTC Desire HD Ice Cream Sandwich and the lack of any information in regards to the HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update do not bode well for an eventual update.

Read: HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich Update Release Date Remains Unknown.

At this point, owners need to start preparing for the possibility of HTC and Verizon electing not to release the update based on performance issues. Clearly, this is probably not what owners want but if the software doesn’t run well, it’s probably better off.

We’re not counting out the ICS update for the ThunderBolt just yet and we’re keeping those fingers crossed hoping that HTC is able to live up to its promise to ThunderBolt owners.



  1. Alex

    07/23/2012 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t care. I’m waiting for the iphone anyway! I’m rooting the phone anyway!

    • They really don't

      07/29/2012 at 1:54 pm

      Nobody cares.

      • Alex

        07/29/2012 at 4:44 pm

        Apparently you do.

  2. MIke

    07/23/2012 at 5:13 pm

    I currently use two HTC phones and I can keep my promise of never buying another one. HTC is releasing or leaking promises trying to hang on to what little peace of the market share they have. 2 months and later HTC.

  3. Tony

    07/23/2012 at 6:43 pm

    Can you spell class action lawsuit for unkept promises…

  4. Derek

    07/23/2012 at 9:26 pm

    Yup, I figured HTC would bode better than Motorola (I had the original Droid) when I picked up my HTC Thunderbolt. I’ve already rooted the device and trying to squeeze more time out of it (power button gets stuck), and in 2 months I say farewell to HTC and the Android platform and move over solid to iOS. I’ve had nothing but issues and instability on my HTC now being my second Android phone. I like the Android platform but will only be my “play” OS on my tablet. :-)

    • Somebody

      07/29/2012 at 1:56 pm

      That’s because you’re a moron and used stock rom.

      • smurfz

        08/07/2012 at 5:54 pm


        So right.

        @Derek, No offense, but no one really gives a s*** if you like iOS better. Plus it’s your own fault u haven’t found a sense 3.6 or 4.0 custom ROM

  5. mike

    07/24/2012 at 6:38 am

    Thunderbolt users should be given a refund or start a class action suit

  6. Michael

    07/24/2012 at 8:22 am

    This really isn’t good news for HTC at all. I really hope other phones that HTC promised get their updates. I myself have the Rezound, which was supposed to get the update sometime ago but they keep delaying it. I actually have heard that the reason for this isn’t actually HTC’s fault.

    If HTC keeps adding phones to the no ICS list that will definitely not be good for business.

  7. Jay

    07/24/2012 at 6:50 pm

    That’s to bad was really looking foward to ICE just another way of having you buy another phone my next phone will be a I phone at least they do what they say there going to do

  8. Tim

    07/24/2012 at 7:35 pm

    This is terrible news. Before they switched to share-everything I almost bought the Nexus but then said well ICS is coming I’ll just save my money. Should have just done it. I can’t switch to those plans because I use 10GB and the month isn’t over yet. I don’t even own Netflix, imagine if I did. YIKES! Class Action Lawsuit!!!!

  9. Alex

    07/24/2012 at 7:45 pm

    I just hope everyone who has a HTC go to an iphone! I know i’m definately doing it.

    • JR

      07/25/2012 at 8:13 am

      Yeah, we got it from your first comment. You’re going to the iPhone. Great.

      As for the rest of us, that would rather die than use an iPhone, this sucks, but it really means that no one is going to trust HTC any longer. I know I won’t. Samsung is going to get my business from now on.

    • lynn

      08/03/2012 at 1:36 am

      All I can say is screw iPhone u people Are nutz besides if Ics means so much then u all that’s got a few months and can get new phones get one that has ics not that hard and am I the only person that doesn’t have a issue with the thunderbolt I mean it was the first 4G lte phone so some respect for HTC I don’t see 4g on the crapphone Oh my bad the crap iPhone

    • Lee

      08/03/2012 at 1:07 pm

      I have an HTC Thunderbolt, and I have an iPhone 4S. My Thunderbolt does more and the battery lasts longer on my iPhone because it does less. They’re both fine as phones. My iPhone can’t record phone phone calls like I do with Android. iPhone can’t use DropSync to synchronize my files with DropBox in real time, so I can take pictures and expect them to automatically appear on my PC without plugging in cables and watching iTunes crash. The 4S doesn’t let me backup my messages to a file I can view in XML. The version of Swype you can install if you jailbreak is garbage compared to what’s on Android, and to be honest typing on a touchscreen just sucks. iCloud functionality is very limiting. The 4S camera is smoother and brighter in low light, but its quality is a bit below my Thunderbolt. Overall, the Thunderbolt is a better device than the 4S, imo. I still hope ICS gets released for my device, but I know it may not happen. Even stuck with Gingerbread tho, in my experience, iPhone 4S just doesn’t handle my needs like the Thunderbolt does.

  10. amaury48

    07/25/2012 at 1:20 pm

    Let them give our devs what they have so far and they’ll make it work…..

  11. Savage

    07/25/2012 at 9:46 pm

    I think HTC has let down alot of people including myself, especially since the thunderbolt was designed to surpass the Iphone. really sad though my work phone is HTC amaze now has ICE my thunderbolt stills runs faster. Oh well i am a Mac user at home so yeah as long as apple releases the Iphone that is 4g and has a larger screen then i will switch!!!!! very dissapointed in HTC was bragging HTC and how good,,,, not anymore

  12. Hannsoft

    07/26/2012 at 7:10 am

    Folks, I don’t think this is correct. The Desire is NOT the phone that’s almost identical to the Thunderbolt. The HTC / AT&T that’s similar to the Thunderbolt is the HTC *Inspire*.

    • jay

      07/28/2012 at 1:33 pm

      hmm thanks Hannsoft I will look into that further.

      • PO'D

        07/31/2012 at 11:36 am

        Exactly, this author is a moron. The TB is the 2nd gen processor and The Desire HD was the 1st gen. Also, the TB has 8+32gb storage vs The Desire HD has 1.5 total. The reason they cancelled ICS for The Desire HD, was because of storage formatting ONLY. In other words, not enough room.

  13. MudDiver

    07/26/2012 at 2:39 pm

    I’ll be honest I just don’t understand the outrage. I lived through all of the resets and craziness that went on when this phone came out. If HTC can’t get the phone to work on an OS that wasn’t even around when the phone came out they have no business putting it out. I am very pleased with the performance of the Thunderbolt now and would rather they leave it as it is then try to have a compromised system with what is nothing more than a minor upgrade. I have ICS on my tablet and it is nice but it isn’t that big of an upgrade. Every body just breath its not the end of the world if the Thunderbolt doesn’t get ICS all you really lose is the ability to run Chrome and other minor updates.

    • cp

      07/27/2012 at 1:44 pm

      I agree with you. All these outraged people are the same ones who’d be crying if they got the update and found it buggy or that it killed what little performance our phones are capable of.

      • Alex

        07/27/2012 at 2:14 pm

        I don’t think it’s about people crying. I think it’s about HTC not keeping a promise. They should had tested the phone first, then make your promise.

  14. Robert

    07/27/2012 at 6:09 pm

    Was looking forward to ICS on my Bolt, but lost faith in HTC, and got a Samsung GS3 with ICS. I paid full price cause I’m not upgrade eligible till November, but I got tired of waiting, after having my friend rub his Samsung Galaxy Nexus in my face since last Christmas. After all that waiting to get ICS, I hearing Jelly Bean goodness is coming to my GS3 in the next couple months, so I have just enough time to enjoy ICE before it’s old hat.

  15. Scott

    07/31/2012 at 7:17 am

    If the phone would not work well with the requirements of the upgraded operating system I would rather not have it. The phone was designed for Froyo and had enough power to handle Gingerbread. I can wait for a new phone near the end of this year to get the latest and greatest. Most early adopters of the TBolt are about ready for a new phone anyway. It was off to a rocky start when I first got it but it took about three months for everything to work right and I now like the phone the way it is. My first dabble with Jelly Bean will be a Nexus 7 that is in the mail. Maybe then I will be looking forward to moving on.

  16. kellz

    08/01/2012 at 5:10 pm

    My TB nver works at home…or too many other places for that matter. It’s a good thing Im not the only cell phone user in my house or I’d be up a creek. Speaking of which, this phone had me stranded with a flat tire in the middle of no where. Can you imagine having to tweet somebody to call roadside to come to your rescue?! I used to be able to only depend on the internet that was fantastic, now that is going down the drain as well…and customer service nor tech support will assist me, only suggest to upgrade, won’t be doing that because I’m out of contract and want to keep it that way.

  17. Bryan

    08/03/2012 at 10:05 am

    If there is no delivery of the promise of Ice Cream to the HTC Thunderbolt, I will not be buying another HTC product.

  18. Alex

    08/03/2012 at 10:50 am

    I think i’m interested in ics for my Thunderbolt any longer. The new phones coming out are so advanced, that they make look the Thunderbolt like a stepchild.. i’m going quad-core!

  19. Brian

    08/04/2012 at 4:01 pm

    I guarantee I will never buy another HTC phone. What a colossal mistake is has been. Constantly ignored and lied to.

  20. Alex

    08/07/2012 at 7:46 pm

    If the Samsung Galaxy s3 wasn’t such a monster I would had gotten it already. I think that 4inch for a phone is just perfect!

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