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?