The HTC Thunderbolt was the first phone to arrive on Verizon’s 4G LTE (Long term evolution) mobile broadband network, and immediately posted record-breaking speeds, making the Thunderbolt and Verizon’s “LTE” household names for tech-loving smartphone shoppers. And while the HTC’s Thunderbolt was and still is a very fast phone, out-of-the-box the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system was sort of outmatched with the powerful HTC Thunderbolt’s speed and features.
Never fear, Gingerbread is here! Google has been partnering with smartphone manufacturers and wireless service providers and offering free over the air updates in the form of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system recently, and the HTC Thunderbolt is the next phone to benefit from this free OS upgrade.
The exact dates for the Google operating system upgrade were not revealed, but generally companies roll out the upgrades in a staggered manner to ensure trouble-free downloads and to be able to quickly react to any customer input regarding any bugs or snafus.
If the HTC Thunderbolt 4G Gingerbread update is anything like the updates from Froyo to the Android 2.3 OS that have been taking place recently, Android’s 2.3.4 operating system version is the new software that will be rolled out. Verizon has confirmed that there is an operating system upgrade coming in the month of September, but would provide no more details. Usually, these updates are handled via a notification text to the user’s handset. Then the mobile handset operator simply has to follow a couple of prompts, all very non-technical, and the new software is downloaded.
If you own an HTC Thunderbolt 4G Android smartphone and you have not received a notification about an upgrade to the Gingerbread operating system by the middle of the month, check back here for more information, as we will be updating as soon as we receive any new info. Buy the HTC Thunderbolt 4g starting at one penny.
The recent Android operating system upgrade to several first-generation 4G smartphones similar to the HTC Thunderbolt has resulted in smarter performance, which requires less power, thus translating to more talk and browser time on a single battery charge, as well as individual updates cater to the specific smartphone device.
The HTC Thunderbolt is currently offered at a retail price of one penny on Verizon’s 4G LTE network with a two year activation. The Thunderbolt employs a single core 1.0 GHz Snapdragon processor, and delivers 480 x 800 pixel resolution on its 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen which supports multitouch gestures. Dual camcorders and full Adobe Flash media player support are also on board.