The second decade of the 21st century is coming to a close, and there's a lot to look back on. The Rosetta spacecraft made the first successful landing on a comet, the United States had two presidents, a whole lot of Marvel movies came out, and we got the first close-up photos of Pluto.
The 2010s also saw the rise of the smartphone as a product category. While there were plenty of smartphones in the 2000s, they didn't become widespread consumer-level devices until the introduction of the iPhone in 2008 and subsequent release of the first Android devices in 2009. Read More
Well, what do you know -- Verizon just updated the support documentation for the Tbolt to reflect the newest build... and it just so happens to be 2.11.605.5. Yep, the exact same as this build. Looks like this is the official OTA, folks. Check out the full changelog here
Thunderbolt owners have been waiting a long while to get Gingerbread -- too long, considering this phone was once Verizon's flagship. We've seen several leaked builds come around, all of which experienced a variety of problems. The most recent leak seemed to be the most stable so far, but it was still chock-full of annoying little bugs. Read More
At the beginning of the month, HTC announced that it would be bringing Gingerbread to the Droid Incredible and ThunderBolt. While that promised has been fulfilled for the former, there's been nary a word of the status of the update for the latter. Until now.
Thanks to our anonymous tipster known only as Pig Benis, we have an official Gingerbread RUU hot of the presses for the HTC ThunderBolt.
Our tipster isn't positive if this is the final build or not, but considering it's so close to the end of the month, it is very likely.
Using this RUU will wipe all data
on your device!
Finally! The long awaited Gingerbread update for both the Droid Incredible and ThunderBolt will be hitting the airwaves in September, according to HTC's official Twitter.
While several leaked Android 2.3.x builds for each device have surfaced over the past few months, none of them were deemed good enough to achieve "official" status, so it's good to know that HTC has finally put the finishing touches on each.
No solid date has been set, so just know that your waiting will finally come to an end within the next few weeks. Read More
If you've been considering making the jump to Verizon's ultra-fast 4G LTE network, then I can think of no better time to make that commitment than now, as you can score the HTC ThunderBolt for one cent from Amazon Wireless. Like always, signing up with Big Red for two years is a requisite to get that price, but it still saves you $250 over the retail front.
- 4.3 Inch TFT display
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 768MB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
- 8GB built-in storage
- 4G LTE
- Android 2.2
So there you go -- a 4G LTE phone for a penny. Read More
So, how's that for exciting news, TBolt owners? Since HTC clearly missed the Q2 update window that was originally announced, they moved it to the next logical choice... Q3. That's probably the best decision, especially when you consider the fact that we're already well into Q3.
The official word, per an HTC representative:
We are excited to announce that the HTC Thunderbolt will receive the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q3 2011. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the update availability…
As you can see, no solid date has been confirmed as of yet -- but at least now you know that Gingerbread should be hitting your device sometime within the next two months. Read More
Are you looking to get in on some of the 4G action that's going around nowadays? If you've been holding off in search of a cheaper deal, then you may want to take a look at this latest offer for the HTC Thunderbolt from Wirefly.
If you purchase the Thunderbolt with a new Verizon account, you can get a taste of the carrier's first 4G device for just $59.99 - almost half the price of the previous deal we saw a couple of weeks ago. Despite the fact that the Thunderbolt still runs Froyo, this is a great deal for those of you yet to buy in to 4G handsets. Read More
Hulu's initial rollout of the Plus app for Android probably didn't wow too many subscribers - after all, it was only available for six devices (the Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and Motorola Atrix). Now, four new devices are joining the fray, bringing the total number of supported devices to ten:
- HTC EVO 4G
- HTC Thunderbolt
- T-Mobile G2
- T-Mobile myTouch 4G
While that still leaves plenty of Android users out in the cold, this is still a step in the right direction, especially with the addition of the ever-popular EVO 4G. If you're lucky enough to have your device on the supported list, head on over to the market to try it out. Read More
It's no secret that there's an update coming to the HTC Thunderbolt that should start tonight - but no one likes to wait, so - thanks to TeamAndIRC - we've got you covered with an exclusive download.
This update brings a number of fixes to the Thunderbolt, including the annoying reboot issue. Other notable fixes:
- Improved data connectivity
- Enhanced call history view
- Improved Bluetooth discovery
- People search enabled
- Desktop cradle app
- ...and more.
*THIS WILL WIPE YOUR DATA*THIS WILL WIPE YOUR DATA*THIS WILL WIPE YOUR DATA*
- Download the file below, and re-name it to (without quotes) "PG05IMG.zip"
- Place PG05IMG.zip on the root directory of your SD card
- Turn off your Thunderbolt
- Holding Volume Down and then Power simultaneously, wait until the phone boots into the bootloader - it should begin flashing the update immediately.
Stay tuned - this is a multi-part "Deal Alert," everyone. First on our list: the HTC Thunderbolt. If you open a new Verizon account (sorry, additional lines and renewals aren't eligible) today, you can pick up an HTC Thunderbolt from Wirefly for just $100. Not shabby. The Thunderbolt was Verizon's debut 4G LTE device, and it has enjoyed substantial popularity since launch. It's also probably the best 4G handset on Verizon presently, though its battery life and lack of a Gingerbread update have put off many owners.
The Thunderbolt packs a 1GHz single-core next-gen Qualcomm processor, 768MB RAM, and a 4.3-inch SLCD display (with Gorilla Glass). Read More