HTC ThunderBolt Hulu Plus update, Gingerbread imminent

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The HTC Thunderbolt along with a handful of other Android handsets now have Hulu Plus support, and the news just keeps getting better, as Gingerbread is said to be imminent. If the first bit of news did not get your attention, then we are certain that the last part did. However, we still cannot pin down an exact release date.

Other handsets that now have Hulu Plus include the HTC EVO 4G, G2, Inspire 4G and also the HTC myTouch 4G. That is just from the HTC range; there is already support for the Motorola with the Droid II, X and the Atrix, as well as the Nexus One and S. Offering this kind of increased support will certainly help against the fight with Netflix, who as we know are still winning the brawl against their rivals.

If you thought that this big push was special, then wait a few months, as PC Mag reports that more is to come. We expect that the Droid Bionic and the Samsung Galaxy S II will have Hulu Plus support straight out the box, which will certainly help to increase its market share. We have to take our hats off to Hulu Plus, as the service was only launched in June 2010 and has made huge gains in a market that was and still is dominated by Netflix.

The Gingerbread 2.3 update is a bit of a touchy subject for owners, as they have seen less important handsets get the update in recent days –well to them – such as the Droid Incredible 2 and the Desire Z. HTC had promised the Android update by Q2, 2011, and we only have a few days left.

Do not think that we are making a guess that Gingerbread will be coming Thunderbolt’s way just by the fact above; no there has been a reply to this by a rep from HTC. Droid-Life says that this was in response to a disgruntled Thunderbolt owner. In the reply it said that the update will be coming shortly, and when it does it will finally fix the current reboot issue.

While this is not an admission of a release date, it is the closest thing we have right now, and at least it is a sign that it is coming. HTC and Verizon must have their reasons for the update delay, but that is of no consequence to the user, they just want a device that will run without any issues – is that really too much to ask?

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  • Anonymous

    I thought the update that fixed the reboots was already released?? Are there still update problems that need to be fixed or was the HTC rep’s comments referring to the just released update and you are just behind?

    • Anonymous

      Whoever rewrote the code 2 fix the reboot issue fixed the 1s having it from 1st update (not me) & made 1s who weren’t now have it (me). That just changed which people were P.O.’d!

  • Anonymous

    I thought the update that fixed the reboots was already released?? Are there still update problems that need to be fixed or was the HTC rep’s comments referring to the just released update and you are just behind?

  • Matthew Hill

    I completed the update and now the automatic, I like to call them, reboots have decreased. The problem now is it is now freezing and the updated phone now requires a manual (Taking battery out) restart. I almost liked the it when it did it automatically instead of having to take the battery out, it was much easier seeing the screen freeze and moments later seeing the HTC quietly brilliant logo. Seems to me they have been quiet about the fixes in the works since the issues started. How about a new campaign, HTC quietly failing? They need to start speaking up or giving more definative anwers or even saying what they believe the problem is to keep everyone informed. The quiet method is not working keep the owners of the Thunderbolt informed instead of playing the corporate quiet game!!

    • Anonymous

      Not sure what happened with your device but i had the horrible reboots from the first update and i really wanted to go in and get a new phone but i just waited it out in agony. After this last update everything is working perfectly. Maybe you should take it in to Verizon and get a new device from them? Perhaps its faulty? I’m not sure but the latest update fixed everything so far from what I’ve noticed. Not sure what else i can tell ya.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure what happened with your device but i had the horrible reboots from the first update and i really wanted to go in and get a new phone but i just waited it out in agony. After this last update everything is working perfectly. Maybe you should take it in to Verizon and get a new device from them? Perhaps its faulty? I’m not sure but the latest update fixed everything so far from what I’ve noticed. Not sure what else i can tell ya.

    • Anonymous

      Well mine wasn’t having the dreaded reboot issue after the 1st update. It wasn’t til the 2nd update a few wks ago (the 1 I thought was Gingerbread, not by rumors, but bcuz a VZW rep told me so) that mine phone went 2 *bleeeeeeeeep*. I now have no Gingerbread, some bloatware, pics that goes 2 God knows where after u take them, random (meaning at crucial & important x’s repeatedly), get 2 pay 4 Hot-Spot that is slow & unpredictable, have freeze ups & made my phone really slow @ everything. Because of their absolute stupidity I now have a very expensive piece of crap. There gonna find themselves on the bad end of a angry mob if they don’t figure something out quick. I went n2 this expecting possible battery issues. Not all this other B.S.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kara-Thompson-Phadael/1069974727 Kara Thompson Phadael

    I have gingerbread on my HTC Evo, and my phone is still rebooting. In fact it’s at sprint right now. I have not been able to get 10 minutes use out of it today. Gingerbread will not fix the rebooting issues.

  • Village Videot

    Didn’t the 2nd Quarter end in June, as opposed to “we only have a few days left”?

  • Anonymous

    Imminent my posterior. I’ve got a smartphone I paid $250 for, and that’s the discount price, figuring for once that I had the latest and greatest phone with all the bells and whistles and the damn thing ends up not even having most up to date Android OS.  I’m kind of pissed off.