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New Gingerbread RUU 2.11.605.2 for the HTC Thunderbolt Leaks

With just 9 days left in September, we are inching closer and closer to the end of the time frame that HTC gave us for the release of Gingerbread for the Thunderbolt.  Both it and the Incredible were supposed to be updated by the end of the month, but only a small group of Incredible owners seem to have seen the light.  All Tbolt owners and the majority of those with Incredibles have yet to see anything.

Thanks to a leaked Android 2.3 build that just popped up for the Thunderbolt though, we at least know that they are continuing to work on the update.  While we have no idea if this is the official build or not, it is flashable to everyone including non-rooted users.  Just remember that with any RUU file, your phone will be wiped completely and there is always a chance that you will be off the update path.  


1.  Download this file and rename it to PG05IMG.zip.
2.  Drop the file onto the root of your SD card, meaning it is not in a folder.
3.  Power down your device.
4.  Hold Volume Down + Power to boot into the bootloader.  (Quick boot from the market also works)
5.  Your phone should recognize the file. Follow the on-screen instructions.
6.  Once everything finishes, choose the option to reboot.  Enjoy!

Via:  Android Police

  • maxxmentum

    I have a rooted Tbolt, and installed the last leak (debloated, rooted)  Ever sense then my ROM Manager restore has not worked.  It restores, goes on the the HTC screen and hangs.  I now think HTC = Hard To Communicate.   Had to rebuild it from froyo to get everything working Sans gps lock (off by 1000′-2500′), sms,mms, and flex9.  Has ROM Manager restore failed for anyone else after update?

  • Phil Austin

    I flashed this, it unrooted my phone, locked my bootloader and won’t let me into clockwork mod.  Any chance it can be reverted?  I need this thing to be rooted!!!!

    • Phil Austin

      ah, revolutionary still works.  hello root.


    @Syrio35:disqus  This would be my last, as my incredible was no good either, but im betting my last bets on the vigor first…

  • Nancy57

    HTC thunderbolt is without a doubt the WORST phone I have ever had!!  Text messaging is a disaster…they either don’t send or appear to have sent, but the recipient never receives them. And…on really special occasions, my phone decides to send messages to someone other than the person I was responding to.  Missed calls, though I may have a voice message, show no incoming call.  Only had this ‘thing’ since March…if I don’t get a new one from Verizon within the next week, will likely be reactivating my blackberry. What CRAP!!

    • fm

      Nancy my TB has been sending texts to wrong person too. Voicemails don’t get delivered occasioanlly.

  • Anonymous

    Somebody wake me up when Android actually starts to push out the official Gingerbread update…

  • Elyesq

    I have tried step #4 at least 4 times and cannot get it to load into the bootloader.  What am I doing wrong???

  • Schaefer76

    If your phone is rooted and install the update, will your phone still be rooted?  Or, will this update only work with phones that are rooted?  I’m assuming the video and camera works fine with this release?

  • punydevil

    HELP! I followed the directions and it seemed to load fine but since then my data connectivity is TERRIBLE.

    • punydevil

      Think I may have solved my issue. Called 8778074646 and activated the SIM again (even though I never “deactivated” it) and it’s flying now.

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  • Anonymous

    Can’t believe we’re gonna get gingerbread when everyone else will be getting ICS…..might be time to root…

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  • Anonymous

    I really want to root and put bamf on my tbolt but im just to lazy to read and learn how.. if there was a nice EXTREMELY easy walk through for root AND flashing a rom then i would def do it. 

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  • Akshonyeah

    Used to care, but not anymore.  Liquid Thunderbread v2.6  FTW!

  • pj

    I got GB pushed to my Incredible over a week ago. To be honest, it’s nothing to write home about. Hopefully GB for the T bolt will include some major bug fixes, so that I can get one.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • I’m guessing this comes with sense 3.0?

  • Can I flash this using Clockworkmod recovery?

  • Kierra

    Dang TB doesnt have Gingerbread YET?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling the Tbolt’s gonna miss the September deadline.  I’m kind of thinking we’ll see Ice Cream Sandwich before the Tbolt gets Gingerbread.  I love my Tbolt, but being a generation behind is kind of it’s M.O.

    But are there really a lot of DINC users that still don’t have Gingerbread?  My wife got it on hers, which irritated me.  Her DINC used to be my phone, but I gave it to her and used our upgrade to get the Tbolt.

  • Tboltuser

    I can understand folks want GBread and don’t want to root.  But, after rooting the OG and using a number of different ROMs, I finally did the same for my TBolt.  Gotta tell you, it’s never been better.  Been using SHIFTS3NS3 v1.3 (not even 1.4!) and I love it.  Definitely a daily driver.  My only issue is the Vmail indicator, which is standard on the gbread roms.  But the bits of Sense 3.0 are really nice and the battery life is better than the stock Froyo.  Root and ROM your tbolt, you’ll never regret it.

    • babadush

      I think I rooted and rommed my TB 2 days after I got it. It’s worth it. Better battery life, better response, no sense, faster. Plus you don’t have to wait for a company to do something devs have already done what? 4 months ago? I use CM7. 

      • Tboltuser

        Yep, not sure why I waited.  I hear this update doesn’t fix the VM indicator.  Not sure about the proximity sensor that seems to be a little wacky on some Gingerbread ROMs.  Also not sure what the heck they fixedchanged in this release. 

    • maxxmentum

      After another recovery fail I decided that loading SHIFTS3NS3 V1.5 was worth a try vs another froyo rebuild.  So far it works nicely.  Camera and GTalk both work.  GPS was off by 2000′ but locked in under 10 secs (a record for this unit).  I am using radio MR2.5. So far everything but FlexT9 works, however swype beta picks up the slack so all is good.  Not sure about battery yet.  Interface is very sense 3.0ish, which is cool because I liked sense.  No problem with android flavors here.  Hope that helps anyone interested.  It gets a big +1 from me

      • Maxxmentum

        Today I got 12.5 hours before hitting low 20’s % (Yellow Alert!).  Unplugged it about 1 am after battery calibration, so for about 5 hours was idle.  Rest was moderate email, some calls, surfing.  No wifi, but I think the Shift rom is helping for battery longevity.  Hope that helps TTYL

  • Anonymous


  • I’m really hoping that this update comes out in September and the reason that we have been waiting so long is because it’ll be the latest version of Android AND the latest version of Sense. I don’t really like Sense, but it’ll make a few people happier….

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Going back to stock never!

    • maxxmentum

      When I tried BAMF my camera had issues, any problems on your end?

  • jerseymall.org 

  • anything different from the other recent leaked builds?

  • anonymous

     all i get is No image! No image! No image!

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  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I am seriously soured on HTC because of this.  This will very likely be my first and last HTC device.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand why you say that. Is your phone not awesome?

      Updates will come but they are never as big a deal as you expect.

      • Tim242

        Exactly! Gingerbread isn’t anything special. By the looks of leaks, ICS may not even bring many changes. Be happy with what you have!

        • Jenn Grover

          Video chat with Skype was one of the big reasons I bought this phone instead of waiting for the Bionic. Now, we had it but lost it with the last update. I shouldn’t have to root to get my phone to utilize promised features.

          • Kash417

            Could not agree with you more, Jenn!  My sister and I both got the ‘bolt so we could skype and I could be more of a part of my 1-year old nephew’s life.  A GIANT let down!

          • Chaim S

            It’s just pathetic why it doesn’t work anymore. Skype claims the 2.2 API doesn’t support front-camera, but the leaked version had it!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      you need cyanogen broseph.  I’m running 2.3.5 on my Thunderbolt and couldn’t be happier.  Responsive and fast as hell.  Make like Nike and Just Do It

  • anonymous

    if i’m not rooted and i flash this leak to my phone what can i do if this isnt a stable leak? how would i be able to go to stock

  • GB for the boat anchor. Nice.

    • ANDy ROID

      No doubt. I really really hated this phone. I even had root with custom ROM. Sorry to those of you who like it. 

      • Anonymous

        one word for you, Synergy.

  • Ray

    With these new leaks, are there any change logs available?

  • Has anyone installed this yet? Is it stable?

  • Anonymous

    I recall something from bmx about the updates for these two, he said he didn’t agree with them deciding to allow them to be two updates behind just to upsell the newer devices. Which pretty much means, they’ll likely wait until Rhyme & Vigor is probably out

    But this leak could be proof that might have changed and that were still on track for this month.

    Update imminent? 

    • Anonymous

      That is what samsung did with the sgs line so people would buy the newer galaxy s4g. I dont know if this is the case since they updated other phones its not like they aren’t updating any htc phones.

  • altaman

    No rooting required? Really?

    • B Madden241

      No root required, but this will wipe all your data and apps.

    • if you are not rooted it’s not smart to flash leaks. because the release build could have a lower build number then the leak. which means you won’t be able to flash the ota and then you’re stuck on a leak until someone figures out how to root it (if it can be done).

  • B Madden241

    Now getting MD5 match after correction of typo in original posting!  Here we go !

  • Zman3001

    DroidLife, update your link, this is from the original post: “Sorry guys, that was my fault. When I pasted the MD5, I added a zero at the end. It should be all good now.”

  • Anonymous

    I hope the voicemail notification is fixed with this update…

    • Jeremy Gentry

      also anyone else experiencing issues with picture messaging? i open up a picture to full screen it and within 3 or 4 seconds it cuts back to my message 🙁

      • Anonymous

        If the picture had text with the same message that was sent to you then it sometimes showes it as a slide show, showing you the picture then the text that was included in the message.

  • B Madden241

    I am getting MD5 mismatch on this download… tried twice.

  • Zman3001

    Maybe instead of bickering about whether the official release date will be this month or delayed, someone would actually try the leak that is related to this post. Some are saying that this is a fake, and that there is an MD5 mismatch.

  • Asdfasef

    If they delay it, I would definitely root it.

    • Guest

      You should root either way… You’ll never regret it.

  • HTC2011

    I have a gut feeling that they may delay to October.

  • I’ve never tried this before with any phone, but I REALLY wanna try Gingerbread.  Is there a chance it will brick my phone?

    • Anonymous

      There is ALWAYS a chance you will brick your phone. Go to the source (Android Police) and read what other users say about the RUU. If multiple users are reporting a good flash with a stable ROM then you should be good. But as always there are risks in flashing.
      Download file
      Confirm MD5
      Flash & Enjoy GB

  • Anonymous

    This is nothing but pure HTC genius!

    Hold off on putting out official Gingerbread till the Vigor comes out and everyone will buy the Vigor.

    Actually I love my Thunderbolt but the Vigor will probably be one of my next phones.

    • Anonymous

      If I could find a sucker willing to buy my Tbolt for a few hundy, I would absolutely be buying the Vigor… as is though, I can’t justify spending $500+ for a new phone 🙁 lame

  • Guttatae22

    All these delays for the update I want the new sense 3.5 lol…but I know the wait we are waiting will b nothing more than the update the Droid incredible2 has well o well HTC vigor is in my sights

  • Josh Flowers

    Nexus phones are looking better & better every day

    (saying that as i’ve been running GB since pre-summer–but would love official versions as they’re pushed by Google & not by carriers)

    • EC8CH

      I was getting kinda pessimistic about the chances of a Nexus device on VZW… but with all the hinting around lately that Kellex has been doing about the Galaxy Nexus my hopes are back up again.

      • Anonymous

        Sadly they are also saying the prime(galaxy nexus whatever it will be called) will have a skin and wont be a true nexus.

        • Adam Elghor

          droid prime=charge 2 (touch wiz)
          galaxy nexus=next all google phone


          • Anonymous

            Well the one coming to Verizon rumored in Nov will have touchwiz and ics.

          • Samsung made the Galaxy S, and it didn’t have TouchWiz

          • Anonymous

            Both the sgs and sgs2 had touchwiz. The nexus s didn’t have touchwiz but that was a true nexus. This won’t be.

          • EC8CH

            I think you’ll see the Galaxy Nexus released in November as well.

  • Billy Jenkins

    I have had Gingerbread on my Thunderbolt since the beginning of the summer. Thats what I love about rooting. and whats different about this RUU then the last one?

  • Shannon

    This article made me realize that it looks like Motorola is going to miss the “sometime in September” date for upgrading my Xoom 3/4G.  Add in my choice of the Thunderbolt, and I am not feeling the love from the manufacturers.

  • Anonymous

    It will miss the deadline again and just won’t be supported. HTC is showing how little they care about the thunderbolt.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t agree. The fact that there are leaks should show that they are working on it. They could have released any one of the last leaks as they are pretty darn good. But for some reason they are holding out for just the right one. I think this should be looked upon as a good thing.

      • Anonymous

        After how they butchered the first two updates they pushed out which made the phone worse hopefully this isn’t the same.

        • Anonymous

          Have you tried the last leak? It’s really pretty good… I assume this one will be also. 

          I am sure they are working very hard not to “butcher” any more phones… 🙂

          Honestly if they keep pushing out leaks I don’t really need anything official.

          • fireman

            The post mentions you don’t need to be rooted, is that correct?

          • Anonymous

            No you do not need to be rooted.

  • Anonymous

    I have a sinking feeling that the update will not be hitting for the Thunderbolt this month… ugh. I still have a little hope left (9 more days to be exact).

    • Anonymous

      My gut says the same thing…hopefully they surprise us.

      • Anonymous

        A surprise would be nice, but these leaks are just fine with me.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not sure if I believe it either, but I bitched to HTC about this via email yesterday and they still say it will be released in September. They may stretch it to September 30, 11:59 PM in Hawaii when it’s released though.

  • To flash or to wait 9 more days. Hmmmm.

    • Warlike1919

      I know the feeling. I have been debating. On that one as well

    • You know their promises doesn’t mean a heck.
      Could be October as well, and even November.