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Gingerbread Headed to HTC Thunderbolt Q2 2011

One of our readers reached out to HTC over an issue they were having with Bluetooth on their new HTC Thunderbolt and received a response back with some information that should make everyone’s weekend 100% better.  How does Q2 of this year for a Gingerbread update sound?

The HTC rep also dropped a list of Android 2.3 features in her email, but we’re thinking she may have just pulled them from an official 2.3 update list because she included NFC in there.  As far as we know, the TBolt doesn’t have an NFC chip in it, but either way, the Q2 announcement is what we really care about.

Soooo…some time in the next 3 months, you should have GB.  I guess this really isn’t surprising since the majority of HTC’s new phones will all launch with Android 2.3, but we always love confirmations from HTC reps.

Check out the full email after the break.  

Dear John,

Congratulations on obtainng the HTC Thunderbolt. We understand how important it is that your device meets your needs.

John, Bluetooth manufacturers make their devices to be compatible with our phones. We do not make our phones to be compatible with the thousands of Bluetooth devices in the market. Bluetooth manufacturers conduct the testing to see if complete compatability is achievable. It is the software in the Bluetooth devices which dictates whether they work or not. Our software in the phones, ensures that the phone can pair and turn on the Bluetooth. Anything else, goes to the Bluetooth manufacturer for troubleshooting. You would need to speak with the car manufacturer to ensure that full compatibilty is achievable. The Thunderbolt does have a text to speech feature.

We are excited to announce that the Thunderbolt will receive the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q2 2011. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the update availability.

New User Features
UI refinements for simplicity and speed
Faster, more intuitive text input
One-touch word selection and copy/paste
Improved power management
Control over applications
Internet calling
Near-field communications
Downloads management

Enhancements for gaming
Performance
Native input and sensor events
Open API for native audio
Native graphics management
Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management
Native access to assets, storage
Robust native development environment

New forms of communication
Internet telephony
Near Field Communications (NFC

Rich multimedia
Mixable audio effects
Support for new media formats
Access to multiple cameras

New Platform Technologies
Media Framework
New media framework fully replaces OpenCore, maintaining all previous codec/container support for encoding and decoding.
Integrated support for the VP8 open video compression format and the WebM open container format
Adds AAC encoding and AMR wideband encoding
Linux Kernel
Upgraded to 2.6.35
Networking
SIP stack, configurable by device manufacturer
Support for Near Field Communications (NFC), configurable by device manufacturer
Updated BlueZ stack
Dalvik runtime
Dalvik VM:
Concurrent garbage collector (target sub-3ms pauses)
Adds further JIT (code-generation) optimizations
Improved code verification
StrictMode debugging, for identifying performance and memory issues
Core libraries:
Expanded I18N support (full worldwide encodings, more locales)
Faster Formatter and number formatting. For example, float formatting is 2.5x faster.
HTTP responses are gzipped by default. XML and JSON API response sizes may be reduced by 60% or more.
New collections and utilities APIs
Improved network APIs
Improved file read and write controls
Updated JDBC
Updates from upstream projects:
OpenSSL 1.0.0a
BouncyCastle 1.45
ICU 4.4
zlib 1.2.5

We apologize John, for any inconvenience that you may have experienced.

To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number XXXXXXXXXXX.

Sincerely,

Carol

HTC

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  • Magman117

    Glad I didn’t hold my breath. As usual for the Thunderbolt.

  • Jessyjames

    Bought a htc thunderbolt the first day it came out with the impression htc made good phones. I have had nothing but trouble especially when I’m on an important phone call and it restarts. Is htc going to do anything, all verizon does is replace phones with phones with the same problems?

    Jessica (North America Support (Tech))Close PendingI understand how important it is for your device to function properly and I apologize that your device is rebooting. HTC has been investigating this and I am pleased to inform you that the Thunderbolt is scheduled to receive the 2.3 update later in the summer. This update will also address the reboot issue, the battery drain, and will also bring several other enhancements to the device. Although I don’t have an official release date to provide for you, the Gingerbread update will be coming to your device soon. Please monitor our website and official media outlets for more information as the release date gets closer.2011/07/07 04:11:04

    • Jessyjames

      Antonio HernandezReReplySo in other words htc is going to do something someday. I will never buy another htc phone and tell everyone i know about how verizon and htc does business. I am going to have to buy another phone out of my own pocket so i have one I can use without worrying about being on an important phone call and having my phone restart. This is very bad on htc and verizon, I will make sure to pass this information on to cnn and every news organization that will listen.2011/07/07 04:30:57

      • Jessyjames

        Jessica (North America Support (Tech))Close PendingThank you for your response. HTC is currently working on the update, and wants to make sure everything is going to be cohesive when it is released. When the update has been fine tuned and is ready for release, you will receive a notification.2011/07/07 04:48:52

  • http://profiles.google.com/dboy.stein Daniel Stein

    what ever happened to the Bionic?? guess i’ll have to settle for the measly Thunderbolt ;-)

  • Anonymous

    One of our readers reached out to HTC over an issue they were having with Bluetooth on their new HTC T
    hunderbolt and received a response back with some information that should make everyone’s weekend 100% better
    http://www.cheapestcomputerdeals.com/

  • http://profiles.google.com/pomeki99 Omer Cohen

    Totally love this phone even more since I found this: http://t.co/lVeQQ0e
    Best battery saver EVER!

  • Anonymous

    I’m most interested in the media framework that replaces OpenCore and the “rich multimedia”. I wonder if that means HTC’s gingerbread update will allow more video containers, like mkv (unless it can already. I plan on getting the Thunderbolt some time next week anyways), to be played back on the device.

  • d-roids

    the first gen of 4g smartphones are just not worth getting….too many issues on the batch of first gens and commercial obsolescence.

  • Gmjensen

    Ran across a fellow who was super delighted with his new THunderbolt.
    Of course the 4G is running in Green Bay, WI .. yet .. but he went through
    CHicago the other day and was VERY impressed with its speed and
    beauty. An awesome phone, he reported, and doens’t care when 4G
    arrives.

    • Gmjensen

      Holy cow … the NOT didn’t get in there … 4G is NOT up and running in GB, WI
      Best Buy had the Thunderbolt on display. It’s a beauty, by the way and
      as mentioned, doesn’t care when it arrives since unit is awesome on its
      own merits.

  • Leoj43

    If you had a choice between to get the Thunderbolt now or wait for the Bionic and who knows how long that will be, what would you do?

    • Jboogie1289

      Already been there and done that. Am a PROUD TBolt owner. Was gonna wait for the Bionic to drop but wasn’t real impressed with the videos that were posted on Youtube (plus I had a DX already). Was impressed with the TBolt’s video and even more impressed with it in hand.

      +1

      • Anonymous

        I am also a Tbolt owner and could not be happier.  The phone is responsive and the display is awesome.  Only 2 issues with it, Battery life bites, and i want netflix…lol

  • http://profiles.google.com/rossl725 Ross Labossiere

    How do we know that this is real?

  • Guest

    if someone working for HTC says there’s NFC in the Thunderbolt, then there’s NFC in the Thunderbolt or i’d say the company owes you a fix for it.

  • Chriscunning79

    I know this is off subject…but any word on the Skype fix?

  • http://twitter.com/musicandnumbers musicandnumbers

    I’m very happy w/ my Thunderbolt…but an update is always a good thing, and this indicates it’ll be soon! I’m a happy camper!

  • Anonymous

    If it’s anything like their launch I’m betting, Q3 or 4 Maybe…

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    Kellex why is your Thunderbolt always dusty?!

  • Anonymous

    I love my new Thunderbolt! And a software update will just make it even better!

  • d-roids

    samsung needs to learn from this

  • Hiway12

    coming from an OG Droid, I didn’t know how I’d deal with anything besides vanilla Android. but I love Sense!! greatest keyboard ever, cut-paste-select text, so money. bought a Seidio battery and get 48 hours on 3g heavy use and a solid 24on 4g. really the 3g feels just as fast for everyday tasks. I engage the 4g when I hotspot to our laptops.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    PS. I put a myTouch4G 1650mAh battery from Mugen Power in my Thunderbolt yesterday, and it’s a noticeable difference in battery life.

    • http://twitter.com/toastyz71 Colin Trost

      it fits????

      • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

        Yup. The HTC Merge is also said to fit. The 1650 is the highest slim I was able to find. The others needed a bigger case.

        • Jboogie1289

          Saw some pricing yesterday during a search for longer life batteries and saw some. Seido (I think that’s the correct spelling) has the 1650mAh battery starting at $49.95. Amazon also sells them a little cheaper as do other suggested sites but all range from $40 – $50 bucks. Sounds like a good investment to me.

        • Pmegna704

          Thats good to know….thanks man :)

  • Chilly62

    …kinda off topic…anybody root the Thunderbolt, yet? Does “one-click” work?

    • Anonymous

      for some it does but for alot they are having problems me being one who it wont work for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500860219 Tino Wallace

    This is one thing Google and the providers and the manufacturers need to iron out. This is just insane, brand spanking new device and can’t get the latest update. LOL. If Apple decides to poke fun of the ease of updates on their side vs Google, i’m sure something would be done about the situation sooner rather than later.

    • Nxus1ne

      Where did you read the Thunderbolt can’t get Gingerbread?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500860219 Tino Wallace

        As of now it can’t, looks like it’s going to be months before the release is ready.

        • Anonymous

          Are you confusing this with the stories of the Droid X’s Gingerbread being rejected by VZW by any chance? The Bolt’s always been set to get 2.3 shortly after release.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500860219 Tino Wallace

            No, we’ll see about HTC, but overall it is taking too long for devices to get updated with the latest software. I’m not a software developer, but there is no reason the Droid X shouldn’t have an official gingerbread release. I know there are multiple parties involved but they need to get it together. We’ll see how long it takes for it to be released on the T-bolt.

        • Nxus1ne

          Of course, that’s because HTC has to modify their software to work with Gingerbread. There will ALWAYS be a period of time from when Google releases the source code to when the manufacturers can push out the updates because of it. It’s not as simple as copy + paste the new code in.

          If you knew anything about software development you’d realize this. There is nothing for Google to iron out with the manufacturers. They release the code, it’s up to the manufacturers to put it on the phones.

    • Nxus1ne

      Where did you read the Thunderbolt can’t get Gingerbread?

    • Anonymous

      it can be updated.

  • KO

    To be perfectly honest, If I never got a Gingerbread update on my Thunderbolt I would not lose sleep over it. However, I do want to get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich when it becomes available.

    Honestly, there was very little added to Gingerbread to justify a version update. It always felt like a .1 upgrade. I played with a few roms on my OG Droid before I got my Tbolt, and while it was nice, the improvements were minimal.

    • Anonymous

      The UI is quite a bit better imo, as is memory management.

  • wayfaast

    Sounds like a load to me… their response means that a good deal of devices and manufacturers have all screwed up on their end since there are so many complaints of bluetooth dropping out. hmmm weird.

  • Anonymous

    My tbolt will be here monday gingerbread or not im happy.

  • Rachel

    Yay!….Cant wait.Im really loving my Thunderbolt and cant wait to see what goodies come to it in the near future.This thing is wicked fast and Im loving it.

  • Anonymous

    Wow everyone is all piss and vinegar on this thread. Not sure why. I have a brand new kick ass 4G phone and there is already talk of a gingerbread update. Sounds good to me. Everyone needs to have a little patience. After playing with all the Gingerbread roms on my OG Droid and finding them a bit buggy I am willing to wait for everyone to get things right before its released. Until then I’ll be playing Angry Birds Rio on my sexy looking TB screen.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope it gets the new sense ui like on the evo 3d….id be nice…i know the buttons can’t move but id like htcsense.com and their gps as well and stuff….

  • Anonymous

    I really hope it gets the new sense ui like on the evo 3d….id be nice…i know the buttons can’t move but id like htcsense.com and their gps as well and stuff….

    • Anonymous

      agree hope that gets pushed to the tb

  • Johnisjustoclose

    will it get HTC sense 2.3 UI update with gingerbread. Like on the EVO 3D without the 3D

  • Johnisjustoclose

    will it get HTC sense 2.3 UI update with gingerbread. Like on the EVO 3D without the 3D

  • Raptor007

    GB was a given based on the other MWC phones that were announced to be getting GB as well in Q2, my issue is why are we get 2.3 when the Incredible S and others are getting 2.4? I know there likely isn’t a huge jump but still there are stability fixes in 2.4 that we SHOULD get.

    • Anonymous

      maybe we will…

    • Anonymous

      maybe we will…

  • Anonymous

    I can taste the gingerbread already, can’t wait!!

  • Anonymous

    Well that did make my weekend 100 percent better. Really hoping q2 is april or may….not june/july…

  • Anonymous

    I would be so upset, if I had bought a Thunderbolt and only a few days later HTC announces a phone with specs that clearly blow my shiny new Thunderbolt out of the water

  • O2wastr

    That’s it, I’m buying this bastard before they attempt to lock the hell out of it with GB, not eligible for an upgrade til April 17th! I remember reading someone yesterday saying GB wasn’t a significant update.. moron.. how is that checklist not significant?

  • Anonymous

    I asked htc’s twitter if the Thunderbolt had the hardware for nfc and they replied that it didn’t.

    http://mobile.twitter.com/htc/status/50325585150476289

    • Anonymous

      Well now. That means that there is still no explanation for the extra devices under the battery cover. Back to square one.

  • Anonymous

    waiting for htcsense.com and htc hub…. hopefully gingerbread will fulfill my queries.

  • http://www.facebook.com/j.c.sugrue James Sugrue

    I bought the Thunderbolt for the hardware, so that I didn’t have to wait for updates from Big Red. After being stuck with a locked bootloader on the Droid 2 for the last six months, I just wanted to go back to HTC. I’m sure the source code will be out in the next two weeks, with Gingerbread ROMs not far behind. I’m not worried.

    • Alvinm 77

      Exactly.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t wait until source for this device is released . Custom kernels ftw.

  • Anonymous

    ANDROID STARTING TO REALLY SUCK!!! UPDATES TAKE FOREVER!!! BATTERY LIFE SUCKS!!! ONCE AN UPDATE COME OUT EVERYONE SHOULD GET IT!!! GOOGLE BETTER FIX THIS AND FAST!!! OR ITS BACK TO APPLE I GO!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

      GET MAD!!

    • O2wastr

      Please stop yelling, and don’t let the dorr hit your ass on the way out

    • Anonymous

      Bye bye…

    • Anonymous

      Theres only so much Google can do. It’s pretty much up the the manufacturers.

      If you want to be insure of timely updates, I suggest you stick with the Nexus line as the devices become available on your carrier. It’ll give you the best software experience for your case.

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.sheehan Jeremy Sheehan

        that’s really the way it is. It’s up to the carriers AND manufacturers to push the updates.

    • Anonymous

      Goodbye shouting whiner. You sure act like an Apple lover so good riddance.

    • Alvinm 77

      If that’s how you feel, take your a$$ back. Plain and simple (like Apple). I love Android, late updates and all.

    • MICHAEL

      CHAOS!!!

  • Anonymous

    well in the engadget review it says this: “What had us more intrigued, though, were four pins near the camera lens that aren’t hooked up to the cover, which had us wondering whether there might be NFC capability in the Thunderbolt’s future — or whether it was in the works and got spiked along the way. Hard to tell, but it’s a thought.” that might be true of NFC capabilities to keep the logo its not your dream phone its the one after that…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X3VEXS2UUAHHJQOWJK35FTXVQE incredible monkey

    lol they listed NFC twice.

    great job htc you’re really ahead of the game with your gingerbread gameplan. you’l be the first device to roll it out as an update. way to lead!!!

  • http://twitter.com/BrettWcislo Brett Wcislo

    It’s a Verizon phone, it’ll be delayed. But don’t worry, Froyo is always better in the summer anyways. Gingerbread is for winter.

    • Igor

      Ice cream Sandwich is best in summer.

      • http://twitter.com/BrettWcislo Brett Wcislo

        Melts too fast and doesn’t last as long. Froyo > Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Mgangrock

    off topic here,,,but someone could of cleaned that TB’s screen before posting it’s picture with the topic.Looks horrible lol : )

    • Keithsmner

      could have ****

  • FortitudineVincimus

    just great, now we are going to get 3 months of GB release date rumor stories like we did with the Tuhunderbolt

    just great

  • ThunderBolt FTW

    Not very surprising. HTC does a good job updatin their phones. Off topic, I was at verizon last night when an employee informed me that Skype is still coming to the ThunderBolt. He said it was supposed to come in early April but he heard it might be delayed a little longer. Anyway, I remember seeing an article that doubted Skype would ever come so I just wanted to let everyone know that it is.

    • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

      Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate you sharing, but I trust Verizon reps just about as much as I trust used car salesmen these days. If they got paid straight salary and not commission, it would help their customer service as a whole. I wouldn’t get reps telling me in mid February that the Thunderbolt is probably not going to come out until the end of quarter 2 – possibly quarter 3 then trying to push a Droid X on me if they were paid other than by commission. My $0.02.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure about an NFC chip? Sounds like its time for a routine phone tear down!

  • Anonymous

    Not sure about an NFC chip? Sounds like its time for a routine phone tear down!

    • Jay P

      I’m saying is whats taking that so called website ifixit so long to tear it open.

  • Anonymous

    Engadget reported that they found some pins near the camera lens that weren’t connected to the battery cover and hypothesized that they could be representative of some NFC capability in the future. Not saying it’s definitive (or even probable), but worth mentioning.

  • Anonymous

    Engadget reported that they found some pins near the camera lens that weren’t connected to the battery cover and hypothesized that they could be representative of some NFC capability in the future. Not saying it’s definitive (or even probable), but worth mentioning.

  • CIFchamp24

    It should have come with the dang phone anyway

    • Anonymous

      Agreed

    • Anonymous

      Agreed

    • Anonymous

      It would have made it an understandable reason for delaying. And on another note, and not that Engadget’s word is gospel, but they said there were four contacts by the camera that they thought could be NFC related. And they may have learned their lesson with skype as to not advertise features until fully thought out and functional. At least I can dream

      • Matthew

        The 4 contacts you speak of is for Qi. Qi is the inductive charging capability similar to what the palm pre had