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Breaking: HTC Thunderbolt Update is Available Now! (Updated)

HTC Thunderbolt owners, you may want to head into Settings>Software update and hit the “Check New” button…

This would be the same update we uncovered almost two weeks ago and is also the same one that was cancelled on the day it was supposed to be released to the world.  After updating, you should have a much stronger 3G connection and better GPS functionality.  Feel free to accept it, although we’re not sure how that will affect root at this time.

Update:  We thought this was funny.  The Verizon support site for the Thunderbolt claims that the update is rolling out tomorrow…of course we know that’s not the case. (Cheers @DroidMatters!)

Cheers George and @snmemx!

  • Anonymous

    This definitely fixes the GPS, If you still notice the GPS being very slow, “searching for gps” pull your battery. I did the update and GPS actually took longer to load. I pulled the battery and powered it back on, GPS found the directions instantly, no wait time at all.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fibertechster Will Cherone

    For those getting service not available, switching the phone to CDMA (1x) only works. I used the LTE on/off to make that switch.

    • Axroblesjr

       Sad… This finally got it to pull for me as well.

    • Axroblesjr

       Sad… This finally got it to pull for me as well.

    • Barlog

      Thanks for the tip! It took forever to download but it worked :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/fibertechster Will Cherone

    Those getting service not available, I tried about 20 times and got this. As someone else posted, if you change to CDMA (1x) only it will download. At least it did for me using the LTE on/off app.

  • mario7

    Notes on status screen read v. …605.6 but actual SW info shows …605.7. Significance?

  • mario7

    Notes on status screen read v. …605.6 but actual SW info shows …605.7. Significance?

  • Tom

    Got it!

  • Somekindarobot

    i keep getting an error that says to try again when there is service, tried it a few times with wifi on and a few just over 4g and i keep getting the same mes

  • Reilly44

    Has anyone in Boston received the update yet?

  • MOTOX

    anyone notice their gps still sucks?

    • Anonymous

      YES

      • MOTOX

        any fix or anything?

        • Anonymous

          If you still notice the GPS being very slow, “searching for gps” pull your battery. I did the update and GPS actually took longer to load. I pulled the battery and powered it back on, GPS found the directions instantly, no wait time at all.

  • Anonymous

    guys.. the devs at xda have already confirmed this OTA update is exactly the same as the one that was leaked 20 days ago. So if you are rooted/unrooted.. whatever your case might be.. head over to XDA forum. Both the standalone OTA update and the rooted and unrooted RUU are available there.

  • Chris

    No love for the EVO then?

  • gabe

    anyone rooted download it yet?

  • Anonymous

    did Verizon just turn on their 4G networks in a few cities? I am in Sacramento area and my 3G signal changed to 4GLTE.. wohooooooooooo!!! Thanks Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      which are of Sacramento are you in. because Verizon already has 4G near sac int’l airport

      • Anonymous

        Still waiting for Vacaville to get it!  Where in Sac is there service?  Arden? Rancho? West Sac? 

      • Anonymous

         yea I know.. it was only in the airport before.. they turned it up near downtown for a couple of hours yesterday… thought it was on for good.. but I was wrong.. but I am guessing since they tested it.. they should be turning it on pretty soon.

  • Anonymous

    So about 99% of us have issues with our TBolts and there are 1% of you out there who are saying the update is great because you can now lock on to your location under 3 minutes – a vast improvement to some. *rolls eyes* My question is what the hell is going to be done about this? Should we question Verizon? I mean why roll out something that doesn’t work?

    • mario7

      GPS lock way faster for me. 

  • guest

    haven’t been able to get the update yet, message disappear or service unavailable, has anyone from upstate NY gotten it yet?

    • Anonymous

      head over to xda forum.. the OTA is available there

    • Warlike1919

       yes i have.

  • http://profiles.google.com/will.taylor William Taylor

    Did anybody get the update.zip? Still getting “SERVICE UNAVAILABLE” here.

    • Anonymous

      it’s available in xda forum.. the actual OTA that is.

  • Trombone Dixie

    I tried manually searching for the update and received a message telling me the service was unavailable. anyone else experiencing this issue?

    My battery was eaten alive today and it was in my pocket all day with the display turned off. Visited three websites and received 4 text messages is all… so strange.

  • Pauly814

    I’ve done the update. Google NAV still took 2 minutes to lock on gps.

  • Interstellarmind

    manhattan, here: i keep on getting a “download failed” after selecting “OK” on the download the update screen.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on it watson!!

  • Kblondina

    Finished the update and now the GPS is definitely more accurate. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it stayes this way

  • chris

    I updated at 12 and within 2 hours of having th new update my phone restarted twice which its never done. I don’t know if its because of the update or not

  • DCABuckcye

    Anyone notice PicSayPro and Footprints?

    • Danford884

      What about them?

  • Anonymous

    just an FYI, I am in a 4G market area. I could not receive this update and got the “service unavailable” error when I was on 3G. I had to be on 4G to receive this update. i don’t know if you have to be on 4G or not, but I definitely had to be.

  • chris

    much better 3g connection? that sounds good. but since this is a 4g phone how about a much better 4g connection?

    • Mgangrock

      Can i hear an Amen to that my brudda,,,what a joke….

      • Anonymous

        Amen

  • http://profiles.google.com/tutt.dr David Tuttle

    I haven’t rooted yet, but am considering doing so. Should I download this and then root or root first? Can I update after I root? Thanks for the help.

    • Teknurd

      I updated after rooting and it didn’t turn out well. The update failed and I had to wipe the cache to get out of a boot loop. The phone would come online and then just reboot. So i’d unroot if you plan to update.

    • Teknurd

      I updated after rooting and it didn’t turn out well. The update failed and I had to wipe the cache to get out of a boot loop. The phone would come online and then just reboot. So i’d unroot if you plan to update.

    • Anonymous

      if you are going to only root, I would do the update first, then root, if you are going to flash a new rom the update wont really matter because any newer rom you get is going to already have everything this update and and more.

  • Jayrod718

    when will droid incredible 2 get gingerbread :(

  • viewthis66

    i’ve noticed an improvement with the GPS connection time and accuracy. SMS seems to work cleaner especially the send button not being inactive, that annoyed me to no end. other than that since i’m in a 4G area i’m not sure what else to look for as far as improvements.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    @
    Kamaron Rianda best thing i found so far was to restore a backup

  • Khoff566

    I checked on the Verizon web site and it says it will be available starting 5/13/2011

  • Rob

    updated. battery meter seemed to drop quite a bit too, even though it was plugged in during update.

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 Thomas (aka TA)

    After installation, and several automatic reboots, I dove into Google Maps.

    At first, my present location was about 2 blocks off. After about another 90 seconds, it tightened up and is now accurate within about 10 feet.

    Vast improvement!

    • Anonymous

      Well consider yourself the minority 1% – the rest of us 99% have no fixes and if anything problems. Also, 90 secodns for GPS to lock on to location is terrible. My Moto Droid locks on in 4 seconds man and is accurate to about 10=20 feet. My TBolt is up to a mile away in most cases which is unacceptable

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.sebeny John Sebeny

    I have the update. Download it from my dropbox… http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7618868/OTAPkg%20%28HTC%20Thunderbolt%205-12-11%29.zip

    • Axrobles

      Sorry I have a stupid question… How do I install it after?

      • http://www.facebook.com/john.sebeny John Sebeny

        should rename it to “update.zip” and place on SD Card. boot into recovery and “apply update.zip” i would wait a little while though. i’ve been reading that some people are having some slight issues (random reboots).

        • Axrobles

          thanks, I just dont know how to boot into recovery on this phone though. Hopefully I just actually get the real one soon

          • http://www.facebook.com/john.sebeny John Sebeny

            i think it’s VOLUME UP AND POWER. google cause i don’t remember myself :)

  • @The_Hein_Line

    Download completed 5 mins ago, no sign of improved gps or 3g though : (

  • Boogie37b

    Update went smooth…Woodbridge, VA..

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 Thomas (aka TA)

    My HTC TB has about a 25% failuer-to-connect rate with 2011 Infiniti G37. From what I’ve read on the message boards (here and elsewhere) a whole slew of other HTC TB users with a variety of vehicles experience this as well…. Other issue is vehicle showing connection made, but when attempting to place a call, it says “CALL FAILED.” Very annoying, having to reboot phone while in the car.

    • http://profiles.google.com/jasonuehling Silver Hawk

      I haven’t had a failure with my car (GM), but it definitely takes a lot longer to connect after vehicle start compared to my Palm Pre, Droid 1, 2 and D2G that I’ve had previously.

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 Thomas (aka TA)

    Downloading now — thanks for the tip! Now we move on to the issue of sporadic bluetooth connectivity on the HTC TB…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Crowley/541519425 Paul Crowley

      Never had a problem with bluetooth, I use the Plantronics Pro

  • http://theRamenNoodle.com/ Daniel J. Lewis

    I just got it, but the GPS doesn’t seem any faster.

    (Unrooted Thunderbolt)

  • guest

    everytime i check new it just disappears after 3 seconds, have tried 3g and 4g on and off, wifi on and off, nothing works

  • Anonymous

    OK I’m pretty bummed out – update successful but the GPS still sucks and is way off and the phone seems to be lagging when before there was no lag. What’s up with this???

    • chris

      how is your gps way off? havent tryed it after the update but before the update the gps was literally only a few feet off. the gps was actually so accurate it even showed my exact location in my house as i moved around.

  • gaylordmi

    Got it! Gaylord MI no 4g here…

  • Bigsike

    Sweet! this means the DX update is only months or years away! :p

  • Anonymous

    Got the update. I don’t have 4G here, so nothing special for me except that my GPS now acquires a less accurate lock, slower.

  • @The_Hein_Line

    Wifi can not be turned on to update for service unavailable people

  • Young1

    I got the update, my GPS is still poor in locating me, and my 4G is worse than ever. Keeps on switching to different radios 4G/3G/1X more than previously. I guess i will go back to just 3G for now

    -_________-’

  • Anonymous

    …got “Service Unavailable”, at first. Turned off Wi-fi, tried again…went live! On a side note, I love my Thunderbolt and this site has been invaluable but I’m a bit…confused about the “Switch to iPad Version” when I access the page from my iPad. (forced to buy one for work)

  • Guest

    Downloading here in Dallas – stock – no root

  • wonder

    are the sms bugs fixed?

  • Anonymous

    Update went fast and clean. Only difference I’ve “noticed” is that now when I select “settings”, “software update”, “status”, there is actually information there when there was none before.

  • Fattie McDoogles

    ok i have downloaded it and tried to install it on my rooted thunderbolt and it just powercycles. its getting stuck trying to go to bootloader and install. the CMW recovery keeps loading instead of the one needed to install the update

    • Teknurd

      Clear your cache, it will delete the downloaded update. Boot normally and you’ll get a message stating that the update failed. You should be good to go. Then wait for someone to let us know how wo tproceed on rooted devices…at least that’s what I’m going to do…