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HTC ThunderBolt Hulu Plus update, Gingerbread imminent

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?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

Contact Peter Chubb: peter@product-reviews.net

He started out working in a factory and dreamed of the day when he could become his own boss; That happened back in 2002 and he has never looked back since. Things have changed so much on the Internet in that time, but he has adapted well.

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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.

Village Videot
Village Videot

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

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.

Matthew Hill
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… Read more »

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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
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?

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