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HTC Thunderbolt Won’t See New HTC Sense 3.0 (Updated)

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Probably not the nicest thing for me to do, right?  Put up a video at the top of the post of the new HTC Sense 3.0, a version you will never see on your brand new Thunderbolt according to the official HTC Twitter account.  Instead, they are saving it for their newer devices which have the “hardware requirements” to support its beauty.  We’re not surprised at all by this actually, and just days ago pointed out the fact that no major HTC device has had an upgrade to a newer Sense including the original EVO which is still stuck on something like 1.0.

So until the Sensation and EVO 3D are released and ripped apart for the developers in the building to port over to the Tbolt, we’ll be stuck with 2.0.  Oh, and this also means that the Incredible 2 which isn’t even out yet, will likely remain at 2.1 for its life.  

Update:  And just like that HTC has responded…

So they might bring some stuff over, although we have no idea what it will be.  Just give me that lockscreen, new notification bar with dual-tabs, and that spinny wheel homescreen look and we’re good!

Thoughts?  Do you really need that fancy lockscreen?  Sure would be nice.

Via:  Twitter, UnwiredView

  • phoneguy86

    i had the charge for a month worst phone i ever had they sent me out the thunderbolt now its amazing no problems 

  • root it and get sense 3.5

  • BookMonster995

    Actually it is. The only thing it will not receive is the 3d specs…just like every other HTC phone that doesn’t have 3d capabilities. Maybe you should look into your facts a little bit better.

  • Junior23online

    this is not true because the new htc status P.O.S aka cha cha has sense 3.0 so thats just HTC not wanting to put it on the device 

  • Bchadwick84

    let me be honest, i bought the htc thunderbolt and have had nothing but trouble, phone locks up shuts down i have had verizon send 2 replacements still no help batt life really sucks i hate the iphone but i to be honest would rather it.

  • I think it rocks!

  • BloodRomance

    HTC Thunderbolt can’t upgrade until HTC Sense 3.0 ?!

  • Kamuhl67

    has anyone heard any rumors about a new HTC phone for verizon? Im not talking about the Incredible 2 which is a good phone for normal users. Im talking about somthing like the sensation or the Evo 3D. The thunderbolt and the inc2 are virtually the same phone only one is LTE but neither are dual core and basically they both suck compared to the sensation. The thunderbolt is basically a new rebranded evo, which came out a long long time ago with a carrier most of us choose to ignore, i guess my question is will HTC give us (VZW people) a kickass new android phone or are we stuck with the bolt and inc2 (both good phones, but neither have can openers or other bells and whistles) for the next 2 years???

  • Vanilla

    Since we’re not going to get updated to Sense 3.0 and are forced into keeping old software then why not just give us OS updates that don’t have Sense at all.

  • anyone complaining about the not having sense 3.0 is a baby. really people? get a life.

  • Sherman

    I own a Thunderbolt and find that HTC Sense is one of the most incredible pieces of software I have ever used.

    If you all think that getting a product like Thunderbolt to market is an easy task, you are nuts! I have great respect for HTC and so should you. They have produced products that are way ahead of the competition and while they may not be “iPhone killers,” they will certainly hurt the market share that Apple has had since the introduction of the great iPhone (and yes, we all know it is great).

    Furthermore, if we are always looking for each new product to have the absolute latest software in it, then we should also plan on NEVER buying any new product!

    …and that is my two cents.

  • ROM please

  • Antdwg67

    HTC sense Facebook page stating that 3.0 is coming soon..damn I hope this is true!!

  • Anonymous

    BSHIT…..WTF? ARE YOU KIDDING ME, MY TBOLT HAS NO LAG….IT CAN HANDLE ANYTHING YOU PUT AT IT…..FULL 3D GAMES….THE FEW ON THE MARKET, RUN SEAMLESS…SO YOU BETTER DAMWELL GIVE ME 3.0….OR A DUAL CORE ON VZW WITH LTE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

    • The bolt lags at least it did for me

  • DUH

    that is such bull crap !!!! (tbolt cant run it).. it can just fine.. htc is just being ass holes!!! love my tbolt and louncher pro!!

  • Anonymous

    this alienation between android (flavored android) and device manufacturers is beginning to hurt. Steve Jobs was right. A user has go thru multiple devices to get the best out of android. My Dinc has not seen gingerbread or sense 2.5.. and they are already on sense 3.0 with little or no backward compatibility.

    sux!

  • Treknologist

    I’m happy if they are able to bring the new lockscreen to the TBolt. Time will tell. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my TBolt as it is. It is a great phone.

  • Nick

    All the trolls hating on the TBolt saying “fail” or “outdated” can piss off and play Farmville on their overrated, overpriced, and ancient iPhone technology.

  • Anonymous

    smh, the tbolt is less than a month old and it won’t be able to get the full sense 3.0 experience? wow, that is very apple-like… glad i am waiting… i knew something was up with vzw pushing all the single core devices then dropping the dual core later while other carriers are pushing the dual core’s now.
    any single core phone verizon puts out is just a money grab. they cancel 1 yr deals so u gotta stay with a single core for 2 yrs or pay retail to them for a new phone.

    I love vzw service but they are a greedy company and their LTE is not 100% right now…i need the specs on the droid 3 it may not be LTE but I am pretty sure that LTE will still be a battery killer for the next 2 years until makers start using and developing better longer batteries , at least the 3G world phones will have good battery life which is fine until these companies solve the LTE battery drain. whats the point of having a powerful devices that dies quickly?

  • Anonymous

    smh, the tbolt is less than a month old and it won’t be able to get the full sense 3.0 experience? wow, that is very apple-like… glad i am waiting… i knew something was up with vzw pushing all the single core devices then dropping the dual core later while other carriers are pushing the dual core’s now.
    any single core phone verizon puts out is just a money grab. they cancel 1 yr deals so u gotta stay with a single core for 2 yrs or pay retail to them for a new phone.

    I love vzw service but they are a greedy company and their LTE is not 100% right now…i need the specs on the droid 3 it may not be LTE but I am pretty sure that LTE will still be a battery killer for the next 2 years until makers start using and developing better longer batteries , at least the 3G world phones will have good battery life which is fine until these companies solve the LTE battery drain. whats the point of having a powerful devices that dies quickly?

    • I decided to get the T-bolt (even after me bad-mouthing it) so that I could get the 1 year contract and 4G service before removing the plan and tiered service charges respectively. (Granted I’ll pay more but I’ll be able to update to newer technology faster than 20 months).

      • Anonymous

        smart move, i was close to doing the same but i don’t use a ton of data, barely 1 gig and most everywhere i go i use wifi, tiered is fine with me. I just prefer phones with physical keyboards…i had hopes for the merge but other than being a worldphone its only 800mhz single core… still holding out hope that Droid 3 with its dual core goodness will be LTE now that I’ve read the Bionic might not be released and will be replaced by another device in moto’s LTE roadmap (Targa this summer possibly and not this fall or they make the Droid 3 LTE)…i can go 2 yrs with one phone long as its not under-powered. Quad core’s aren’t coming to vzw until next yr so a dual core is the next best thing.

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I don’t care what comes out on other carriers. I can not switch networks due to the fact I travel all over the country and I need a reliable network, so I choose from the phones I’m dealt.

    Also, why would anybody trash a great phone on Verizon just because HTC releases something better on another network? I bought the Tbolt knowing there are better phones on the way, but as most people know, there are ALWAYS better phones on the way.

    If you can’t handle the fact that any Android based phone runs the risk of it’s hardware becoming outdated soon after it’s release on any network, then maybe you should switch to the iphone… where you don’t have to worry about choice.

  • Anonymous

    Personally, I don’t care what comes out on other carriers. I can not switch networks due to the fact I travel all over the country and I need a reliable network, so I choose from the phones I’m dealt.

    Also, why would anybody trash a great phone on Verizon just because HTC releases something better on another network? I bought the Tbolt knowing there are better phones on the way, but as most people know, there are ALWAYS better phones on the way.

    If you can’t handle the fact that any Android based phone runs the risk of it’s hardware becoming outdated soon after it’s release on any network, then maybe you should switch to the iphone… where you don’t have to worry about choice.

  • Doesn’t matter really since LauncherPro is superior to sense. It was one of the first things I did to my TB.

  • That’s what they say now….but it could come as a surprise. If it doesn’t, then yeah, we’ll be waiting for a port. Whenever HTC does have a dual-core device to release on VZW, then I’ll jump on it (after it’s been rooted and unlocked) lol. But right now I like the openess of the Thunderbolt, that of which any Samsung device or Motorola device doesn’t have….

    Yeah I know Samsung’s devices are technically “open” but it’s real difficult to get a fully working ROM because of the way their software is set up….

  • Jay P

    I knew there was a reason I hate HTC crap.

  • Proprietary_Android

    How pathetic is it that a UI needs certain hardware requirements above and beyond that of the OS?

    Just freakin ridiculous!!!

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure HTC’s response is marketing speak for “We want to give the Sensation/Evo 3d/Flyer/Evo View every differentiator we can so we’re not going to back port Sense 3.0”. I doubt there is anything hardware wise that would prevent it running on the Thunderbolt except possibly the 3D weather animations. IIRC the Flyer/Evo View) has the same 2nd gen Qualcomm SoC, just OCed to 1.5Ghz, so there can’t be anything hardware wise that makes Sense 3.0 work.

  • Creediddy

    I use LauncherPro about 95% of the time over Sense. Sense is still laggy between homescreens. Until it becomes butter smooth I am still using LauncherPro. Not a big deal to me besides the weather widget.

    Cree

  • Anonymous

    FML… this is stupid…

  • Anonymous

    i agree with kellex. “Just give me that lockscreen, new notification bar with dual-tabs, and that spinny wheel homescreen look and we’re good!”

  • Anonymous

    i’m guessing it’s optimized for the 960×540 screen…too bad tbolt

  • Anonymous

    i’m guessing it’s optimized for the 960×540 screen…too bad tbolt

  • Luckyr1981

    Facebook post for HTC says that some aspects of 3.0 will not work on older devices and that they are working on some aspects that will. I’m pretty sure the TB will get some form of sense 3.0

  • Luckyr1981

    Facebook post for HTC says that some aspects of 3.0 will not work on older devices and that they are working on some aspects that will. I’m pretty sure the TB will get some form of sense 3.0

  • Anonymous

    Give me cyanogen, and you can take senseless and shove it.

  • Anonymous

    Give me cyanogen, and you can take senseless and shove it.

    • angermeans

      I feel the same and we are close Layher/cyanogen tweeted that 4G is working on cm7 for thunderbolt so we are getting there. Sense can have it. Cm7 plus this phone and verizon LTE will make best phone around.

  • Gunther

    This is one more reason why I HATE Sense. It not only slows down Android OS updates, but then, even after that is updated it fragments HTC devices by what Sense version they have. There are so many HTC fanboys, and I don’t get it, I guess they like it up the ass.

  • Gunther

    This is one more reason why I HATE Sense. It not only slows down Android OS updates, but then, even after that is updated it fragments HTC devices by what Sense version they have. There are so many HTC fanboys, and I don’t get it, I guess they like it up the ass.

    • Couldn’t agree more

  • Alvinm 77

    Don’t see why the Tbolt can’t run it. It’s won’t run on stock yeah, but rooted it should. The HTC Flyer and Evo View tablet runs the new Sense 3.0 with the MSM8255 clocked at 1.5Ghz. Tbolt has the MSM8655 (same processor, different radio/network) overclockable to 1.8Ghz max and 1.5Ghz easily stable. So for us that love Sense its possible. The guy at XDA taking on the challenge said the only problem he might have is getting the LTE working. Hope is not lost for our already out dated Tbolts.

    • outdated Tbots… thats funny… its barely 3 weeks old…

    • outdated Tbots… thats funny… its barely 3 weeks old…

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… guess I’ll stick with LauncherPro on my T-bolt then but this may drag me into the tablet market with the HTC flyer. Wonder if they will do a 10″ version

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… guess I’ll stick with LauncherPro on my T-bolt then but this may drag me into the tablet market with the HTC flyer. Wonder if they will do a 10″ version

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… guess I’ll stick with LauncherPro on my T-bolt then but this may drag me into the tablet market with the HTC flyer. Wonder if they will do a 10″ version

  • Anonymous
  • As long as i can get alittle of the new sense on the TB i’ll be happ!!

  • cowdog

    So we have to buy new hardware to get the latest software? This is a weakness of how android rolls out across manufacturers and carriers. They have no real incentive to keep devices current. ROMs can be an answer, but as those of us who use the OG DROID are finding, there are real limits there. Reverse engineering for older devices with hardware that becomes legacy in short order is not a good use of time for a largely volunteer dev community. Once your device falls down the list, all those cool ROMs might not be available. We really need Google to reset the game.

    • Its just an HTC thing

  • Anonymous

    So what HTC is telling us is that their new phone is already behind the times specs-wise. This is exactly what I said before the phone was released and it’s exactly why I passed on this phone. Verizon could have given away the phone for free and I still wouldn’t have gotten one despite having four available upgrades.

  • Anonymous

    So are there any Sense 3.0 phones in the pipe for Verizon that we know about?

  • Richard

    Man for get these phone companies… Always doing what others want. I.E carriers… What about what the people who actually buy there shit want? there like the government, then don’t give 2 shits about the buyers of their product… Forget moto and htc… since moto is soon to be rid of android and have their own phone os, and forget htc since they can’t keep phones up-to date…

    • @apple cares…

      • Look how stopped rimjobbing for a sec to give his two cents

      • Anonymous

        Apple cares about your money, nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    Aside from some of the cool integration that sense has in my contacts list, this doesn’t impact me at all since I use ADWEX launcher. The TB is plenty fast, rooted, and on a network that actually works in my area.

  • The Thunderbolt doesn’t make sense (3.0).

  • Datbizzybone

    HOLY CRAP THAT LOOKS SO AMAZING IM SO MAD, jk sense blows.

  • My Thunderbolt WILL run CM7, and that is all that matters. Screw HTC (and every other manufacturer’s) trash bloatware that they cram on top of Android. I wish HTC would make a Nexus successor, so I could just be rid of everything that isn’t stock AOSP. I’m not interested in the Samsung phones as they feel light, cheap, and plasticy. If my T-Bolt was a stock developer phone, that could get Android updates immediately, it would be the perfect phone. But in place of that, the XDA community, and the wonderful CyanMod will do just fine.

  • LOL what a surprise ?? who didnt see this coming ?? what a total fail again for android…

    • Champlification

      Not a fail for Android.
      A fail for HTC.

    • Fail for Android? Exactly what does an OEM’s skin have to do with Android? Put your iPhone down for a minute and read the actual post…

      • of all the skins on android Sence is the best, just another way for them to make you buy there new product.

      • Stock_Android_Only

        Well, to be fair. . . they are sold as “Android” handsets and the average user doesn’t know up from down when it comes to OEM’s implementations of Android so they are just going to think. . . WTF?!?!!?

        • To be fair, most people are Jersey Shore watching morons, so we shouldn’t really consider their opinions.

      • Hype45731

        I agree with BWS here… iPhones, Iconic to most americans ( which the majority of the ones using dont know shit about an electronic devices anyways) and got em just to “FIT IN or be NOTICED, or to say they have an iHOPE I DONT DROP THIS”… good luck with apple care… lol steve jobs is now upset that the Android OS has embarrassed his “Precious” and its so called capabilities, so therefore hes having yet another hissy fit trying to seek legal actions on rights or whatever he claims the crap to be… pure lil penis big money EGO… yea put down the sorry Retina display that sucks when the sun is beaming… im sorry you iApologize “for the overrated piece of junk” fans that ur iSimpleMindedPHONE doesnt come close to the COMPLETELY PERSONALIZED droid OS… oh and btw no carrier is even coming CLOSE to the 4G LTE by Verizon yet and not anywhere in the near future… Verizon will be the only with 4G LTE across the nation by spring 2012… and you sprint lovers… smh… WiCRAP.. all i gotta say

  • Jdizzo760

    yeah I sent a email to htc yesterday but they gave me the run around…saying I had the newest version of sense but I didn’t believe it..thanks droid life…..o yeah I have a thunderbolt and I downloaded gps status from andriod market and my gps problems are a thing of the past..pinpointed my location in less than 30 seconds 🙂

    • Jeffreymeyer99

      thanks for the tip just downloaded and it took 30 seconds to find me

    • technically, you do have the latest version of sense.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like sense anyway!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like sense anyway!

  • Anonymous

    It will see it alright, just not from HTC directly.

    • Anonymous

      I have no doubt the tbolt will see something “3.0 like” from the devs. It may not be a direct port, but I’m sure it will be awesome regardless.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    uh, what did that video “really” show? There is nothing I saw that would say, “wow, I want that”.

    • Anonymous

      Lock screen FTW

      • FortitudineVincimus

        a Lock Screen.. that’s it, thats your win? don’t bust me up.. bw haa haa

        • You mad?

        • Anonymous

          Did you even see it? That LS is what everyone is talking about.

          Don’t be a jackwagon.

          • DBK

            lol…..jackwagon….. +1

          • FortitudineVincimus

            nice one gomer pile… yes I saw it.. BUT ITS A LOCK SCREEN!!!! something you interact with for less than 1 second.. who cares. neat, but nothing to even spend this much time yapping about.

            “everyone is talking about” – who is everyone. no one I know that loves this shizz like me gives a shizz about a friggen lock screen. give me a break. talk about superficial. man, can they reel you in easy or what? I bet that shiny speaker cover really blew your mind.

          • Anonymous

            Are you freakin kidding me? LOL

            Go read Engadget or hell even Droid-Life.com’s feelings on 3.0. The fact that you can launch an app directly from lock screen is a great feature. It’s not just a “swipe to unlock” bullshit thing. It actually has some functionality that would be nice and progressive in terms of cell phone OS.

            Again, don’t be a jackwagon.

          • Anonymous

            Are you freakin kidding me? LOL

            Go read Engadget or hell even Droid-Life.com’s feelings on 3.0. The fact that you can launch an app directly from lock screen is a great feature. It’s not just a “swipe to unlock” bullshit thing. It actually has some functionality that would be nice and progressive in terms of cell phone OS.

            Again, don’t be a jackwagon.

    • Anonymous

      Lock screen FTW

  • Dom

    Greater hardware requirements so HTC can say that sense doesn’t slow down the phone…too bad it sucks anyway…vanilla for life!

  • SugaShane

    Remember all that hypebeastin’ on the Thunderbolt? What an even more waste of time that seems now.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      in the end, that always seems the case

      just wait until the Bionic comes out… that will be a fun ride

      • Anonymous

        Agreed… and it will be outdated in two months just like any other phone.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      in the end, that always seems the case

      just wait until the Bionic comes out… that will be a fun ride

  • Anonymous

    Kellex,
    no article for rooted Droid X 588 Gingerbread release from last night?

  • Anonymous

    Haha. Glad I didn’t buy that pos.

  • O-G

    My God sense is so hideous, give it up.

  • Anonymous

    Oh well, just another reason that the Thunderbolt isn’t so great.

    • Nick

      You’re an idiot. The Thunderbolt is great considering what is currently in Verizon’s lineup.

      • WindedBison

        Yeah well that’s just like your opinion, man.

  • The Sense UI sucks anyways

    • Westppc

      Keep trying to convince yourself.