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HTC Thunderbolt ICS update defies critics

A fresh batch of unofficial Android updates seem to be grabbing all of the headlines recently. After informing you about an unofficial update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S3, we now have some fantastic news for those of you who are still rocking a HTC Thunderbolt.

If you have been keeping up with the latest Android news, you may have heard Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak publicly express his opinions on why he thought the HTC Thunderbolt was the worst Android device he’s ever owned. Regardless if you agree with him or not, the handset is going to breath a new lease of life as you can now upgrade to a lovely build of Ice Cream Sandwich, as long as you’re rooted.

The unofficial update has come courtesy of the guys over at Team BAMF and you’ll be updated to Android 4.0.3 and have a new build number of 7.00.605.2. Aside from the lovely new user interface that you’ll be able to enjoy, you will also be able to navigate using a new version of Sense. Unfortunately though, this is only Sense 3.6 and not the more glamorous 4.0.

Both HTC and Verizon have said that the official update to Ice Cream Sandwich will take place sometime in August. Considering that we’re now reaching the end of the month, let’s hope that this unofficial leak is a good sign that Verizon will be able to meet their self-imposed deadline.

Are you still content with your HTC Thunderbolt, despite the criticisms that the handset receives? Is this update going to keep you going for another few months, or are you already thinking about dropping the mecha in favor of another Android phone?

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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I’m extremely unhappy with HTC’s updates on this phone. Other devices have Jelly Bean, and we’re still begging for their Ice Cream Sandwich table scraps. ICS has been available for almost a year, and all we have to show for it so far is vague promises.

If we go with Team BAMF’s unofficial update, what ramifications does that have on the phone IF HTC does manage to put out an official version? Will we be able to upgrade to that?

pikeing
pikeing

At least a update for ics as come to keep thunderbolt going hope one v gets updated sometime

Bob
Bob

Steve Wozniak is just mad that he sold his Thunderbolt before the update and now is trying to trade in his iPhone for one.
Some people need to learn patience.

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