It’s 2013. The iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S4 rumors are plentiful. We have a bunch of exciting tablets on the horizon. And devices have been receiving their Jelly Bean updates seemingly on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there is also a dark side to 2013, at least for owners of one device. You see, HTC ThunderBolt owners are now closing in on their first month of 2013 without Ice Cream Sandwich, an update that was promised to them long before its previously scheduled August roll out.
As we’ve pointed out many, many, many, many times, the HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update, an update that was promised in early 2012 for a roll out by August 2012, remains missing with no closure in sight.
And since August, HTC ThunderBolt owners have been holding on to the hope that their long-awaited upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an update that was first released in 2011 and has since been passed by not one Android update but, two, might still roll out to their device before its two-year anniversary arrives in a few weeks time.
Many HTC ThunderBolt owners have given up. They’ve rooted their phones and installed unofficial versions of Ice Cream Sandwich. And some, have given gotten rid of their HTC ThunderBolt. Many owners continue to wait however. We know, we’ve talked to many in the countless weeks since the software update was delayed.
And those that are still holding out though are obviously wondering whether the update will ever roll out. Well, now that 2013 is underway, we want to make some HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich predictions in regards to its release date and more.
So, here now are our HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update predictions.
Is the ThunderBolt ICS Update Still Coming?
We think that the HTC ThunderBolt Ice Cream Sandwich update, which again was supposed to be here by August, will still roll out to ThunderBolt owners at some point in the future. By now, HTC and Verizon would have cancelled it, flat out, if there wasn’t any hope. HTC cancelled the HTC Desire HD ICS update relatively quickly and we think if the ThunderBolt update was never going to come, it would have already said so.
It’s clear that someone, whether it’s one person or a team, is still working on it at HTC. How do we know this? HTC itself has said many times it’s still trying to figure out connectivity issues that are plaguing the device. We’ve also seen HTC say that the update would be rolling out “soon.”
These are things that we don’t think would have been communicated to users if the update was dead.
Less likely is a scenario wherein HTC says it did all it could to get the update out and then abandons it.
When Will The Update Roll Out?
We’ve tried to pry this information out of HTC and Verizon on numerous occasions and we know that owners of the ThunderBolt have too. Neither is willing to commit to any kind of a date and given that they’ve waited this long after August, it’s anyone’s guess.
Our guess though is that it arrives before the HTC ThunderBolt’s second birthday which will take place on March 17th, 2013. That will really be the last symbolic date for the ThunderBolt, which is retired, as it will be the day that customers will be free from their two year contracts. We imagine Verizon probably will let users upgrade before that but for all intents and purposes, that is the date.
It would be odd to see that date pass with the ThunderBolt still on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Odd, indeed.
A Nice Round of Golf Claps
Even if the update rolls out, which we think it will, don’t expect the disgruntled faces of HTC ThunderBolt owners to suddenly turn into smiles. Won’t happen. The damage here has already been done and those that have left have left and those that have stuck around will likely have a bad taste in their mouth for the months and probably the years to come.
Don’t Expect This To Happen Again
HTC has already changed its update policy around and it apparently will no longer be releasing charts with update schedules to the public any longer. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. Good, because it doesn’t set itself up to fail, bad because owners will likely be in the dark about future Android updates. How long HTC sticks with this policy, we don’t know, but we do think we know one thing.
What happened to the HTC ThunderBolt, and the Droid Incredible 2 let’s not forget, won’t happen to any other devices, at least from HTC, ever again. There’s just too much at stake now for a blunder of this magnitude to occur.