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HTC Thunderbolt: Android 2.3.4 update is good, but not great

We have some good news for those of you with an HTC Thunderbolt handset, as it looks like you’ll be gifted with a brand new software update from Verizon before the end of the month.

The update has yet to be confirmed officially by Verizon or HTC yet, but a leaked screenshot provided by the guys over at Phandroid seems to suggest that the update is now ready to roll out.

Phandroid has even provided a release date of June 30th for the update but this is only according to Phandroid’s anonymous source, so it should be taken with a hint of caution.

As for the exciting features that we mentioned, Android 2.3.4 for the Thunderbolt is said to finally bring Skype with Video support, as most of you will know that this feature was surprisingly absent from the initial rollout of the Skype yet. Not only will you be able to get Skype video, but GTalk users will also be able to get their video fix as well with official compatibility for video over GTalk.

Less minor features coming in the update include further enhanced extensions for Microsoft Exchange, better GPS functionality and the ability to browse the new Amazon App Store and make use of a handy Verizon download manager.

The official build number for the update will come in at 2.07.605.2 and you’ll notice the surprising admission on the screenshot that the update also adds support for ‘Sense 2.1’. We say surprising because with a brand new version of Android coming to a relatively new handset, you would have thought that the stylish Sense 3.0 UI update should also be a candidate for update on Verizon’s first 4G LTE handset.

While Skype with video is nice, Thunderbolt owners would absolutely love it if their handset was on the upgrade list for Sense 3.0. Right now, only the HTC Sensation on T-Mobile has it of course, and it seems to be a pretty exclusive club as well, determined by the type of hardware that your smartphone possesses – as poor Desire owners found out.

We’re not being picky though. Any update is a welcome one in our eyes and we’re sure many Thunderbolt owners will agree. Hopefully this update is the first of many more to come for the speedy handset, but obviously the Sense 3.0 UI update remains the most desirable – in our opinion anyway.

What are your thoughts on the update? Are there any other features you would like to see on the Thunderbolt aside from Sense 3.0?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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