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Finally, the HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update Appears to be Ready as Build 2.11.605.3

I’m not sure what to even say at this point, but HTC seems to be on track to hit their self-imposed September update for the Thunderbolt.  The Gingerbread support document has gone live on Verizon’s site, which is usually a pretty good sign that we are just days away from rollout.  As build 2.11.605.3 and weighing in at 146MB, this update includes a brand new dock and set of widgets, icons, and screens – things we weren’t exactly expecting (Sense 3.5?).  Update:  Ignore the “Dock Icons” section of the document. Verizon pulled that from a Moto Gingerbread update and has no idea what they are talking about.

To check for the update, head into:  Menu>Settings>Software update and “Check new.”

More info.  

And if you don’t feel like waiting for this build to become available to pull, then you can manually update with an RUU that leaked over the weekend.  Just know that this will wipe your phone completely clean, when the OTA update will actually keep everything in tact.

Instructions:

1.  Download this file and rename it to PG05IMG.zip. (via Android Police)
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!

Cheers David!

  • Andross182

    I can finally post as one of the “rooted” guys!  I waited to see if HTC would pull through with this update for gingerbread.  I held off as my friends rooted their newer phones and updated quicker.  Well HTC sucessfully managed to smash all my hopes with the brief yesterday, so I have finally rooted and am running BAMF forever 1.0.6 which is rooted 2.3.4 with sense 3.0 and it runs just as smooth as my coworkers HTC Sensation! :)  Check out the TeamBAMF rooting instructions….they are extremely simple, the entire process is automated EXCEPT for making the root permanent, which is just flashing a file in the temp boot loader :)

  • PSU_DI

    Kellex, it looks like the update has been pulled by VZW.  http://support.verizonwireless.com/pdf/system_update/thunderbolt.pdf This is now back to the OLD froyo Page…  and people are reporting that they can’t get the update any longer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tyalamanchili Teesh Yalamanchili

    Seems the verizon site still says coming soon. I’m on 2.11.605.0 and i hit the Check New option and it’s not finding any new updates at this time.

  • Drew

    so there are… 2 changes management app and app and power management… doesnt sound like much of any improvement. :(

  • Anonymous

    **********QUESTION********
    Anyone here have the phone, upgraded to another phone, but trying to update? I can’t access the update servers after the phone became deactivated. (been checking since I upgraded to another phone)

    After I see the following error message:
    “Error
    SERVICE UNAVAILABLE
    Check for Software Update under Settings when service is available”

    I have airplane mode off, WiFi on. Stock, no root.
    Stock TB, no root.

  • Ray

    ITS LIVE! I JUST PULLED IT OTA!

    • Warlike1919

      same here, i just got it a min ago

  • Xcarte

    Trying to do this but there are no on screen instructions…just a screen woth colorful text

  • Terik24

    come on guys!

  • Mmueller918

    PG05IMG.zip will not show up in my bootloader

    • Terik24

      mine either

  • Terik24

    lil help plz

  • http://twitter.com/TheBB12DA Diego Arreola

    You know… I still don’t want to hate on my wonderful phone or it’s software. But I am dissapointed with this gingerbread. They have had 6 months to get it right which doesn’t take long. Especially if the phone is the first 4G LTE phone and has better sales than the iPhone 4 it should get attention. I am dissapointed they left so many things out, I am dissapointed how HTC is treating their coustimers like that. Seems like they’re phones are never fullproof.

  • Terik24

    why do I keep getting no image or wrong image…i don’t have ..zip.zip either

  • LionStone

    Looks like ill be changing my profile pic very soon! :-)

  • Famouzstarzz

    anyone able to pull the update ota?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1639081047 Joseph DiPierno

      was just wondering the same thing… i hope it can be pulled today, but i dont think we will see anything till thursday

  • mdeblaz

    Take this PDF file with a grain of salt.  It’s never right and it shows up whenever it wants to.

  • Robmarinella

    I wonder if the VM notification not working is going to be addressed by
    Verizon changing how they push the notification, ie: It’s not broken!?
    Gtalk may be getting updated for compatibility with this build? These
    answers make more sense than shipping a build not ready for real world.

  • Anonymous

    The biggest joke ever

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    “Improved Bluetooth Audio Quality?”

    Streaming Pandora to the car stereo via bluetooth already sounds awesome, so this is a nice bonus!

  • http://twitter.com/PhilStout Phil

    SEXY! 

  • Anonymous

    yaya cool they got an update… but what i like is the inverted dl logo looks sweet!

  • Mr Tato

    Lots of complaining about the ads but at least there is something nice to look at because let’s face it, the T-Mo girl is much easier on the eyes than Kellex. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      There are much worse things than the T-Mo girl to look at, we could be forced to stare at Dan Hesse instead.  

  • Moxjr

    no update available

    • Smtxom

      It’s not out yet. Should be out by Thur

  • Matt

    WOW are you serious?  How can this be the final build?  Voicemail notifications do NOT work on this build (it’s been already leaked).  This is a HUGE issue and I can’t believe this passed Verizon’s testing.  Unbelievable, but then again HTC releasing buggy software isn’t so unbelievable after all I guess.

    • Matt

      Also, I believe the front facing camera has issue in this build as well. Ugh…

      • PSU_DI

        GTalk video only works with the rear facing camera, this update shouldn’t be the final build…. this sucks

    • Anonymous

      Did you ever think that maybe the official release that goes out will possible work?  :)

      I guess you never know, but do you really think they would send out software that doesn’t notify you that you have a voicemail? We will see I guess.

      • thecrisis

        The build numbers are exactly the same: 2.11.605.3.  If Verizon’s OTA was different and had fixed VM notifications it would be like 2.11.605.4 or 2.11.605.7 or something along those lines.

        • Anonymous

          Ya I know… but I guess we will see. I do miss getting my voicemail notifications… but I’m very happy with everything else.

  • Anonymous

    Does anybody know of a radio that will get my speed back to what it was stock?  Whenever I flashed the most recent radio on DasBAMF 4.9 my speeds dropped a lot.

  • Anonymous

    For people complaining about the new ads — shrink your window on the sides and the ads disappear!

    • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

      Yup, or using control + a couple times works fine.  I didn’t even  notice the ads until I zoomed out a little.

  • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

    “SMS messages send to the correct recipient.” 

    Well that’s a nice new innovative feature. 

    • Drnick124

      Why wife will be glad about that one. It’s quite awkward to have texts go to the wrong person.

      • Rene Edison Ordona

        Its very awkward, when you text your boyfriend or girlfriend a lovey dovey text and it goes to your sister.

        • http://profiles.google.com/crazyrunner33 David Flower

          Ouch.  Imagine if the same message went to your boss or grandma.  

  • jimbob

    Not available for me yet.

  • Jbrookshire13

    Dont get too excited people. This build fixes some things yes but you also will no longer receive voicemail notifications.

    • Anonymous

      Just use Google Voice for voicemail it’s FREE don’t have to pay for ‘visual vm’…. 

      • LionStone

        Yep…agree, I only use GV and prefer not to use the stock one. So no big issue for me if vm notifications don’t work.

        • Jbrookshire13

          true but then you are paying for a feature they broke in the update.  I prefer the stock vm and shouldn’t be forced to change because they are too lazy to fix a bug that has been present on ALL the leaked GB builds starting back in july.

          • LionStone

            I hear ya, don’t worry …I’m sure it’ll be fixed or released with vmail intact.

  • http://twitter.com/PDQAUTO01 Gary Patrowicz

    HTC seems to be on track to hit their self-imposed June er July uh September update for the Thunderbolt

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Better late than never, but I agree. 

    • Jake

      And Samsung seems to be on track to meet their goal of never releasing a gingerbread update for the Charge!

      • Kelly

        …or 3.2 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-P-Lawson/42705493 Shane P Lawson

      Just download BAMF 3.5 SOFB its great on battery very snappy and everything works :) have a good day

      • Cardi

        Yeah that sense 3.5 bamf soab 0.713 is the truth and nfl mobile works unlike most other roms

        • Ortizchief

          where can i get those links can you send it 

        • Jrosas800

          plz post the tread link

      • Ortizchief

        can you send me the link where can I download bamf 3.5 to my email I will appreciated thank you
        ortizchief@gmail.com

  • Dubs

    if you don’t use adblock, i feel no sympathy for you.

  • Interstellarmind

    for all those complaining about t-mobile ads… how about you donate to the upkeep of this site. here’s the deal: every time you feel like complaining about the ads, remind yourself how much YOU DONATED or PAID to view this site. when you feel like an idiot for complaining, go bash your head against the wall, come back to your computer, and enjoy the FREE site that aggregates how to unlock the potential of your android devices and keeps you up-to-date on all things android.

    jeez, getting really tired of these free-loading whiners.

  • Mrpicolas

    People please realize that the cost of running this website relies on advanced revenue among other things tmobile chooses to buy the ad space as does vzw and others.. The content hasn’t changed just the ad space

    • Mrpicolas

      I met to say ad revenue

    • Anonymous

      I just think it’s funny that T-Mobile is advertising to a CDMA centric site.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been using some of Team Bamf stuff.  They have some ROMs based off the new leak (the one I am using is based off some older leaks and they provide a patch to update to the newer ones).

    I don’t find that batter life is much improved.  My experience has been it is about the same as an AOSP rom.  I still like the phone and I think the work Team Bamf is doing is great, but I don’t think there are any miracle battery life cures.  I do highly recommend the Team Bamf ROMs.  They do excellent work.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ocbooger Jason Rodriguez

      I ran Bamf roms for a while myself… While the rom itself was usually great the battery life was terrible. I’ve been running Synergy for about a month now and IMO its the best rom out for the Thunderbolt.

  • Jamesdoulane

    Flashing the leak will break root. Just so ya know.

    • Anonymous

      Good to know.

  • John

    EFFIN T MOBILE EVERYWHERE.. this is still a DROID site, correct?

  • Brains89

    hhas anyone been able to download it? Tells me there is no new update

    • Anonymous

      I’m getting the same, no DL available yet

  • Me

    I see verizon slipped some extra bloat ware in those sneaky bastards

    • LionStone

      I know huh! I can’t wait to dig into VZW Tones!

      NOT! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607263668 Brian Hansen

    Holy crap!! Is this the T-mobile website??  Looks like the T-mobile chick had a bender and blew T-mobile chunks all over the place!

  • Kianjudah

    Wonder how this will effect the already not-so-great battery life??? 

  • rayray

    People still own this phone???

    • http://twitter.com/feedheadInc feedhead

      They do … still best 4G Verizon handset

      • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Q

        lulz

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Yup, I still own it and enjoy it. I also have the ability to upgrade to another device, but have chosen not to as it works just fine for me.

      • Anonymous

        I’m in the same situation. Have an upgrade just nothing out yet I really like.

        • Jared Goodpasture

          Same.  Thought I might upgrade to the Bionic when it came out, but didn’t.  Not seeing a reason to change yet.

    • Anonymous

      I just sold mine for $320 so I can afford the Prime.

      • Moxjr

        u will be waiting for a long time lol

    • http://twitter.com/Prance_E_Tron Adam Ismail

      They do, but not by force…this phone has given me so many problems it’s not even funny.

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

      I don’t understand, why all this TBolt hate? Don’t like it – don’t use it. Move on.
      It works just fine for plenty of people, without any issues.

    • Anonymous

      Yep! Best phone out for now… until the Vigor or something like that.

      • LionStone

        Man I’m gonna miss the killer kickstand eventually when I upgrade!

        • http://twitter.com/TheBB12DA Diego Arreola

          Only thing I didn’t like about it was that HTC did a poor job on coating it cuz it peels and then it looks disgusting :/ It is killer though..I put an invisible shield on mine when I first got it so that didn’t happen

        • Wmsco51

          No kidding hope they sell kick stand covers

  • Zacholley

    about damn time…… and whats up with all this tmobile BS on here thought this site was droid based on verizon…. makes alot of sense…..

  • http://twitter.com/compywiz Jason Schollenberger

    On the last two pictures in the document, the widget and clock shows two different times lol.

  • Nex

    FINALLY

  • steve

    I’m currently studying abroad and thus do not have verizon service. Will I still be able to update somehow once it starts rolling out?

    • http://twitter.com/Pucuck Nicholas Ringhiser

      You can get an RUU and just flash that through the bootloader. I think Android Police have the files.

    • http://twitter.com/EzioAuditore007 Ezio

      If you can get on a wireless connection, it should update.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6E4V7KHGPAOS74RIHNH4AQLUY JosephM

      Try putting it on a WiFi, then do the settings -> software update -> check new thing.  I believe that should work.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jdunn82 John Dunn

    whats this new dock look like?

  • R M

    Surely a GREAT sign for T’Bolt users. Hope it holds true :-)

    As for non rooted OG DInc. users….. :-/

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      Ok, I’ll bite…. what about non-rooted Incredible users?

      • R M

        GB update and ROMS cooked off of them are available for rooted OG DIncs.Verizon’s update has some bugs (it’s possible they halted update due to them or are going real slow), however the devs at XDA fixed quite a few (if not all) of them. Users with non rooted phones may have to wait until Vz completely pushes out the update. 

        Devils advocate:  its better to wait and ensure the bug are gone. Patience is a virtue.

        • Bullet Tooth Tony

          That’s what I thought you meant, but I didn’t want to assume.  The GB the Incredible got in the first week of September has bugs?  I’m assuming none are like the voicemail bug and front-facing camera failure issue built into this ROM for GB on the T-Bolt… is that accurate?  I’m out of the loop on the issues on these things.

          • R M

            The issues that I remember most are Sprint market and EVO 4G elements baked in the update. Don’t recall voicemail bug nor FFC issues. Alas, I just check out the threads once in a while. 

  • Anonymous

    About time!! In other news droid-life.com becomes T Mobiles website….not a fan

    • Anonymous

      He runs the website for free (to us), and he’s selling advertising space to pay his costs.  I’m not sure why people think this is a big deal… *shrug*

      • Anonymous

        Because it is everywhere….the site is taking forwever to load and everywhere I click I am re-directed to Tmobile.com……I do not have Tmobile and do not care for them…I have Verizon Wireless…which is why I come here

        • Bullet Tooth Tony

          Uhmm… that’s why they’re advertising to you… if you had T-Mobile already, advertising to you would be a waste of money… Not everyone is going to be as closed-minded as you about what carrier they have.  I don’t watch nascar, never will, and the commercials don’t appeal to me… but I don’t write to Fox and bitch about it because they have a nascar commercial during NFL broadcasts… someone in the vast audience is going to care.

        • pSyChO_aSyLuM

          If you don’t like it, use adblock

      • Anonymous

        I completely agree, I could careless. I’m finding this site to be more and more accurate then the other one’s that I have been checking out. 

      • Anonymous

        I would bitch about this too, but the t-mobile girl is just so damn fine! yum

    • Anonymous

      If Kellex can make a few extra bucks by advertising, good for him, especially for all the work he does to keep us informed.  If you don’t like the ads, email Kellex and ask him how much it would cost to remove them and then write him a check.

      • Anonymous

        Im on it chief

      • Interstellarmind

        RIGHT ON!

      • Anonymous

        Hah too funny. :P

    • Interstellarmind

      donate $$ to kellex to run this site which you are enjoying for free, and they’ll go away. otherwise, pipe down and leave the comments area open for those of us who aren’t whining.

      instead of wasting space in the comments section, take action, and donate.

      OH.. you dont’ want to do that, because you’re cheap, right (just like me)? then ignore the ads and carry on (just liek the rest of us).

      p.s. i’m not trying to start a flame war here – i jsut think it’s F-ed up to complain about this particular issue.

      • Anonymous

        Listen, I have no problem with the ads whatsoever never have never will…But it would be nice if it was not everywhere, that is ALL I am saying….

    • Daniels

      Wow, someone needs a lesson in free market capitalism. If you don’t like it, move to north korea, obama.

    • DroidzFX

      Its funny cause I have ad block and don’t see a damn thing!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/RyanMcCall Ryan McCall

        ditto

    • http://www.facebook.com/RyanMcCall Ryan McCall

      dude just install an adblocker because i have honestly no idea what you are talking about regarding ads. its 2011 i didnt know people still browsed the internet without one…….

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Sites need to make money somehow. If you aren’t contributing in some other way, how do you expect the guy to run the site? 

      • Anonymous

        Im on my work computer….the ads are not the problem because im not retarded I know the site must make money with the ads the site was taking forever to load…BUT its loading fine now…..BITCHING done :)

    • Drnick124

      So….much…..pink!

  • Anonymous

    How is this phone, battery wise, strictly using 3G only? And what version of Sense is it on? 3.0-3.5?

    • http://twitter.com/Pucuck Nicholas Ringhiser

      Pretty sure it is Sense 2.1. You have to install a ROM that has the newer Sense baked into it. I’m running CM7 on mine, and have probably only had it stock for a day. Can’t really give you an honest review of battery, but I’m sure someone else can.

    • Anonymous

      2.1… THUNDERBOLT won’t likely ever see 3.0 or 3.5 officially. If you want 3 or 3.5,root and load up bamf!

    • Bullet Tooth Tony

      Sense 2.1…

      … Better than at launch… but still pretty much god awful.  8 hours probably, 12 if you let it camp out all day in your pocket.

    • Boogieman

      Sense 2.1 Stock, 3.0 rooted and ROM’d

      Battery life is shit if stock. Pretty good if you use an alternative kernal. Tiamat 1.1.3 is what Boogie likes for AOSP.

    • LionStone

      Mine is stock and in 3G I get decent battery life…as long as I keep browsing to a minimum I will get up to 12 hrs, extended batt will get me over 24 hrs of life..tethering to the tablet is better on the battery than using the phones browser. I keep my screen dialed down, I prefer not too bright on my screen anyway. I have one weather widget and the calendar widget…I sync my primary email account and that’s about it. When I’m not expecting any emails I just turn off mobile network, so for me, with my usage, I get pretty decent battery life so I cannot complain. In fact, for what I’m able to do with this little device, the speed, streaming, fast camera, storage, nice screen, etc…I’m lovin’ it! :-)

  • fartbubbler

    first comment is first.

    • fartbubbler

      or second.

  • Rccrod

    Will it have google talk video thooooooo?

    • Anonymous

      Probably not unless you’re running a rooted/modded ROM.

      • Boogieman

        Even on a ROM gtalk ain’t working worth a damn.

        • Boogieman

          I also for see Wireless Tether going the way of the dinosaurs

          • Bcd

            just receveived my OTA update