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Video: Quick Walk-through of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) on HTC Thunderbolt

The leaked Gingerbread test build for the HTC Thunderbolt from this morning can now be flashed to your phone if your are rooted and willing to deal with a few minor bugs.  The update brings you up to Android 2.3.4 with new Sense 2.1 and a feeling that somehow your life has become much more current than almost everyone else in the Android world.  With so few phones actually up and running a semi-official build of GB, this one might be worth a spin just to say you did it.  Here is a quick walk-through of some of the new features.   

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  • Jg4 all

    Whatever…Gingergread…Smingerbread……..the Thunderbolt is the worst phone I have ever owned. I bought an extened life battery and it still drains it in 7 hours. I downloaded the LTE toggle app and app killer. This phone is worthless. Speed doesn’t mean anything if your battery is dead. Also, two times on vacation this year this phone cost me thousands of dollars because the reception was so bad. I had zero bars and my wifes Droid x had consistantly 3-4 bars. Also the phone is heavy and not easy to handle. By the way who was the wizard that put the charging port on the same side that touches the ground when you have the kick stand down!!!! Battery dead and you cannot plug in the charger to  watch a damn movie. Verizon is sending me a new Droid x 2.
    Good riddance!!!!

  • Anonymous

     tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Fattie McDoogles

    So besides the quick settings… has anyone found a reason to flash this other than its shiny and new?

  • Anonymous

     you also lose the glowing green at the top during a phone call, which for whatever reason, I sorta like…

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  • Anonymous

     tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Anonymous

     tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Hpml84

    also.. has the Wi-Fi always been b/g/n? I’m kinda going through this to see what changes abound. lol

  • Hpml84

    so.. this ROM told me to “insert SIM” to make calls.. is that normal? lol

  • Hpml84

    so.. this ROM told me to “insert SIM” to make calls.. is that normal? lol

  • http://profiles.google.com/legionthefecalexcretion LegionFecalExcretion aire

    “We’re Droid-Life and we’re out! Peace!”

    *Drops the mic and walks off stage*

    • Anonymous

       That’s a Kellex tag line lmao :) 

  • chris

     not impressed enough about gingerbread to give up my built in camera for a broken built in camera. i can wait

    • Anonymous

       Agree I am going to wait until a more finished build arises or verizon actually releases the official ota.

  • PrjctArchAngel

     Kellex try to see if netflix works on this GB build for the thunderbolt. Let us know what you find.

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    god, i just want a vertical battery status indicator and the gingerbread lock screen animation. i hope that comes in the final build

  • Anonymous

    Cant cyanogen just use the RIL from this?

  • Anonymous

     tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Frodub

     what is that “car panel” app?? 

  • Frodub

     what is that “car panel” app?? 

  • Frodub

     what is that “car panel” app?? 

  • MOTOX

     SO I ASSUME NO HTCSENSE.COM? WHY VERIZON, WHY? :(

  • Anonymous

    Why am i to be excited about gingerbread?

  • Scott

     anybody run a benchmark test on it yet?

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • DanSke

    Eh. I hope there are some behind the scenes advantages because that really looks like some lame advancements to Sense. I’m not really a fan of social updates under the clock, its too intrusive and reminds me of Motorola. Categorized apps doesn’t really excite me and the slow scroll would be annoying. The only good thing is the Quick Settings in the Notifications, but you can just have a widget for that.

    Well, my minds made up. ROM it is. Either Bamf, a Debloated Sense or I would really love some Pure Vanilla. Mmmmmm

     

    • tanknspank

      Gingerbread itself was more about behind the scenes changes, and not so much visual things. That and Sense 2.1 is only .1 higher than what you had, so it’s not like that is a big change in itself. 

      • DanSke

        Yeah, thats very true, it is a small increment. I’d be interested to see what those behinds the scenes do for the user experience over a period of time. As far as stability, performance, optimization and things such as that.

    • DBEvans

      I agree … The social updates thing only shows one update at a time – so not really useful for me.  The categorized apps is nice, but not really a big deal (all the apps I use are already on screen, so I rarely go into that screen anyways) – and even if I did, the slow scroll would get old pretty quickly.  I do like the quick settings – but I’ve already been using the “Quick Settings” app from the market which gives me effectively the same notification bar functionality. 

      If this is all that the update brings, it’s not selling me on getting it.  Rooting and finding a good quality ROM is sounding better and better.  Had wanted to go a while linger before doing that … but not seeing any value in waiting any longer. 

      • DanSke

        Agreed on that. Rooting and ROM it is. I just haven’t found a good walkthru thus far. The only one I came across was on Android Police I believe, but it was for the lengthy rooting option. I’ve yet to find instructions for an easy root that make me feel comfortable doing.

        • guest

           i did the easy root poseted on here, http://www.droid-life.com/2011/03/23/htc-thunderbolt-easyroot-s-off-released/

          if you follow the instruction you can’t mess up, very clear…just be warned, you’ll lose all your apps and data

        • angermeans

          Android central forum a has a great write up for both windows ans mac step by step with pics it was very easy.

  • Mr.Joe

     Kellex has such petite fingers.

  • Negativerxn

     T-bolt? More like T-bag! Droid for life!

    • Muddy B00ts

      good one. 

    • tanknspank

       Just because it’s not branded Droid makes it not good enough for you? *sigh*

  • Apfire21

    Nothing hear that excites me when I’m running das BAMF 1.6.3 remix. I’ll wait for the gingerbread remix!

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

     Just give me a battery that last 10 hours………….

    • guest

       i had terrible battery life, after i didnt get the ota update i got impatient, so i rooted, loaded BAMF remix 1.6.3, overclocked to 1.45 Ghz, get at least 10 hours with HEAVY use

      • Guest

        I’m sitting at 40% battery left.  My phone has been unplugged for 2d 9hr 46m.  I’d say some the roms/kernels have decent life.

        • Anonymous

          Wow that’s starting to sound like my battery time on my xoom. Its amazing what a few tweaks to a kernel can do. Got to love the Devs!!!

    • Anonymous

       For what it’s worth, my Bolt will last 20+hrs on standby in 4G territory.  But I’m not a heavy user, I use my phone for about 3-4 hrs a day, mostly in a single session. 

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      Juice Defender. Battery is lasting for like 12-14 hours with a moderate use. 

  • tanknspank

     No screen off animation? Darn. :/

  • http://twitter.com/JWort93 Joseph Wortman

    Just installed it on mine, works perfectly except for the known camera bug. 

  • Pilotbluemike

    anyone wanna give me a TBolt? For free!?

    • Anonymous

      Sure. But shipping is ~$600 

    • Guest

      Sure, bend over… 

  • Anonymous

    They built that beautiful quick settings menu in the notification drop-down, but they couldn’t add in an LTE toggle? Seriously?

    • tanknspank

      If the community has anything to say about it, I’m sure one will be added for those who aren’t scared enough to flash it. A 4G toggle stock would definitely not hurt though. 

  • gUEST

     ooh, ah