Word via DroidLife's tipsters is that an update for the HTC Thunderbolt is rolling out now. As this just started happening, details are a bit light at the moment, but Kellex surmises that this is the same update we heard about a few weeks ago, and we're inclined to agree.


Assuming this update is an improved version of the one we heard about a few weeks ago, it will be packin':


We're impatiently awaiting details from our guy Justin of TeamAndIRC - in case you haven't heard, he's pretty close to ground zero of the Thunderbolt modding gang, and he's had his hands on various iterations of this update for a few weeks now. Stay tuned!

Update: For those who don't want to wait for the update to hit their device, we've snagged the update.zip for manual installation.

Download the file here.

If your device is rooted, do NOT install this update, as it will break root. We'll let you know as soon as there is a pre-rooted version available.

Installation Instructions:

  1. Rename the file to "update.zip" (without quotes). If you're using Windows, make sure it doesn't rename to "update.zip.zip"
  2. Drop the renamed file onto the root of your SD Card. Disconnect your phone from your computer after the transfer is complete.
  3. Turn off your device.
  4. Reboot while holding Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously.
  5. Choose "Recovery." (If no menu shows up after choosing recovery, hold volume up, volume down, and power at the same time)
  6. Select "Update."
  7. The update will install and your phone will reboot.
  8. Enjoy!

Big ups to Justin from TeamAndIRC for the hookup!

[Source: Droid-Life]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Synr

    I just manually checked for the update and it was available.

  • makabra

    What if you have a rooted phone, can you still update a rooted phone?.

  • JSmith

    any word if this fixes the camcorder audio problems (hyperactive noise cancellation cancelling _all_ audio)

  • miller

    Does anybody have fix for the cardock? It does'nt recieve sound when aux. Or a trans. Is plugged in.

  • Chris

    Am I missing something here? I downloaded the file, renamed it properly (triple checked), put it on the root of my SD and when I go into recovery it kicks me into a red triangle/exclamation point screen. I'd really like to get this update because as of now I hate the TB because of connection issues and only have a few more days before my 14 day return period is up and really want to like this phone and hoping this update helps. Thanks in advance.

    • dutchvon

      When you get to that screen push power + volume up and down again.

  • Chris

    I ended up getting the menu but it ATI wouldn't let me flash it. So I finally got fed up and went to re-root it and found that the root files on xda-developers now include the software update. So for those of you that don't want to wait, flash the unrest file to go A-on, and re-root with the new files and voila, you're rooted with he new software.

  • Chris

    Sorry for the typos. Fat fingers on a touch keyboard.

  • Austin

    I cannot get to the menu you are referring to by holding down the volume button... Somebody please help, my phone won't update by itself...

    • V

      Same here. I've been patiently waiting for a month now. Can somebody please help

  • Todd

    I could not get this to work either. Says Invalid Operation and then reboots.

  • S. Harris

    This did not work at all for me. When the phone goes into the bootloader, it says PG0img5.*** no image found. FAIL

  • Bret

    I could not get this into recovery mode utilizing the various methods mentioned either. Is there another way to load the update?


  • amboy36069

    Is there an update.zip for rooted tb?

  • mj02x

    How can I get my thunderbolt to update?

  • ghostlypancake

    This is useless...it wants me to download iLivid. No. If it isn't the real download then I can't use this