Towards the end of June we informed you that Gingerbread 2.3.4 was coming to the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 4G. However, we later found this to be fake. You will be sort of pleased to know that a July update is now ready for download, and before you go ahead and download and install the update we feel the need to warn you that the update offers problems for root users — so rooted users had best hold off on this one.
The update has the build number 1.70.605.0 and is 74MB in size, so is still not the Gingerbread update that Thunderbolt users are anxiously waiting for. Verizon has now been pushing this update for most of the day, but you can still do a manual update if you have not yet seen your OTA update.
If you have been waiting for V Cast Music and Video, My Verizon and Bluetooth Discovery Mode, then you should be over the moon about this update. However, be warned that mobile hotspot feature will no longer be available — talk about give with one hand and take with the other. For those who have not had any problems with the Thunderbolt handset, Android Police advises you to leave well alone.
Some of the other enhancements include better data connectivity and call history view. You will also be happy to know that you will no longer have to perform as many reboots or resets. The view app menu has also seen an improvement, as has the back up assistant. You will have to think long and hard about if you feel that these new features make it a worthwhile update or not.
We still have no clue as to when Gingerbread for HTC’s Thunderbolt will be released, but it really needs to be soon. We say this because there are two handsets coming to Verizon that will put the above smartphone in the shade, and that is the Motorola Droid Bionic and the Samsung Galaxy S II aka S2.
This will be the update that all Thunderbolt owners will want to download and install, as it comes with all the necessary features to make it a worthwhile mobile OS upgrade. Some of those much-needed features include: Amazon Appstore, GTalk and Skype Video. We also expect there to be a number of other performance updates, such as a few minor tweaks to increase the battery further. Come on Verizon and HTC get your act together.