The whole HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread update has been an ongoing issue for sometime now, due to the fact that other Android handsets seems to be getting preferential treatment. ThunderBolt has been missing out at every turn, but could an update finally be on the cards? Having looked on Verizon’s Twitter page there are no signs of an update soon, but they did say that when once ready it will be pushed out — tell us something we don’t know.
You have to wonder what is the problem here, it’s as if Verizon and HTC have it in for the ThunderBolt, why else would they keep letting Gingerbread slip past while going from one Android handset to another? The latest smartphone to get this update is the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, which went live yesterday. Seems like July 20, 2011 was big release day, as Apple released Mac OS X Lion, MacBook Air and the Mac Mini.
We thought we would offer to you what we now call the “ThunderBolt Gingerbread update, timeline of pain.” Back on June 21st we were told to expect the latest update on June 30th, and while it did get an update it was still Froyo — much to the annoyance of ThunderBolt owners. The next nail in the coffin was when the Motorola Droid Incredible received the update, which does seem a little unfair, as it is an older phone.
In a way to make up for the lack of support, we offered you details that HTC’s “Black Sheep” handset was now getting Hulu Plus support. However, it was not long before owners started to ask questions about their Android update once again. The next phone to get the update was the Droid 3, but as this was a newer phone we understood why it was getting the update.
Knowing who is to blame for this issue may never be answered, but we know that users are now starting to get angry and feel a little pushed out. While looking on Twitter, we can see that some are even considering rotting the ThunderBolt to get Gingerbread. However, they do worry that the moment that they do so the Android 2.3.4 OTA will go live.
Some of the tweets do show resentment to other handsets, but also to the fact that their dream phone is running on year old software. With more phones heading to Verizon over the next month or so, the ThunderBolt will begin to look its age, unless it gets Gingerbread that is.