A lot has been going on with Gingerbread of late, such as the lack of support for the HTC ThunderBolt. We have offered what we call a “Timeline of pain” for users, which looks at the many Android handsets that have been getting the update. We are sorry to give you yet more bad news, but HTC has pulled the Android 2.3 update for now due to compatibility issues.
We should have seen this coming, due to the fact that HTC dropped their timeline for the Gingerbread update, which is a sure sign of a delay. User’s have been angry over this lack of support, but have now started to lose interest in searching for when the update was to become available — this latest news could tip them over the edge.
The ThunderBolt has been jinxed from the start, due to a number of issues with the handset, such as rebooting and poor battery performance. However, these problems have since been resolved, but not the one that matters most. Droid Life has the official email from an HTC rep, and it is not good reading. It mentions the delay of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the ThunderBolt and how they are working on getting this latest update fixed, so for now have pulled it. They do not have an idea how long it will take.
They end by saying sorry for the inconvenience, but that will not be any comfort to owners of the ill-fated handset. It is hard to say what is causing the compatibility issue, but we have to ask ourselves if HTC is starting to lose interest in the handset, we say this because a company as big as them should have been able to resolve the issue by now?
Wirefly is now offering the HTC ThunderBolt for just $60, which on the surface seems to be a fantastic deal. However, if you look a little deeper there has to be another reason, and there are two. The first could be due to what we have discussed above regarding Gingerbread, with the second being to do with a certain Droid Bionic from Motorola. Do not get too excited though, as the deal will not apply for those who are already Verizon customers.
If you are new to the carrier, then we would advise you to hold off for a couple of weeks, as the Bionic is due to land on August 4, 2011. You should wait for those hands-on reviews of the finale release version to see if paying the extra money for Bionic will be worth it — although it will have Gingerbread out of the box.