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Has the HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread Update Finally Been Pulled? Hopefully.

It has been a wild ride for the HTC Thunderbolt and the Gingerbread update for it that finally arrived this week.  Once it went live, users flocked to it, hoping for magic.  What they found though, was a support document (which was pulled and has now returned) that had no idea what it was talking about followed by a couple of bugs that were almost as frustrating as the 5-6 months wait.  The first was pretty major – voicemail notifications no longer worked.  Can you imagine the effect on someone whose job relies heavily on such a simple, yet important piece to their phone?

The other bug, which is just more annoying than anything, has to do with Google Talk.  With Android 2.3.4, we were all supposed to see video chatting capabilities, except they were only half-way introduced with this update for the Thunderbolt.  On my device, I could not get it to connect no matter what I tried. Others claimed they could at least connect, but there was no way to get the front-facing camera to work, leaving the service useless in video form.

And then yesterday, rumors started flooding our inbox suggesting that the update had been pulled.  Has it? We are pretty sure it has been at this point.  The thing most of you are wondering though, is “What about those of us that already updated?”  Well, all signs point to Verizon working quickly to make this situation right.  Now, I have not been given or seen a time table, but I don’t think I need to remind you of the amount of time it took them to fix that reboot bug (3 months?).  Let’s just hope they see the importance of having correctly working voicemail notifications and get this puppy out in a matter of days.

To those of you that are rooted or ROM’d, you may want to check out this fix for voicemail notifications.

Oh, and here is the correct Thunderbolt Gingebread PDF…  

Cheers Jeremy, KleenDroid and everyone else!

  • Figures the one Android Phone I buy has to be the biggest piece of crap.  Great birthday gift.  Next time I am getting an iPhone.

  • Datafreak

    Anybody hear when or if they are projecting a fix release date for this. I need my voicemail notifications

  • Kristopher Wagner

    I use Google Voice for VM but I have to point out since I got the OTA update I’m back to the reboot issues from the past.  I’m getting more force close on any program I use and copy and past seems to have just stopped working half the time without a reboot…   I’ve always rooted but didn’t want to with the TBolt but it’s that or I’m going to complain till I get another phone… I have 3 phones with Verizon and an insane montly bill this is just BS.

  • Mr. English

    I emailed VZW about the voicemail notification issue and they sent me a “reset your device” message along with telling me they do not know about the issue and it must be HTC’s problem. I emailed them back saying it’s a known issue, they’re full of crap, and “reset your device” is good for newbies and fanboys but it is NOT a solution. Neither is telling me to use some other software when I paid for a fully functioning phone, the was functioning (except the other inherent TB issues like video noise) until they updated it. They emailed back within 20 minutes saying they do know about the issue and are working on fixing it without a timeline and they apologize for the inconvenience. I kept both emails just to remind myself how full of crap VZW (like all carriers) is and how duped we get when we don’t challenge anything. Droid is slowly becoming old hat to me.

  • Mr. English

    Just one more reason the iPhone4 makes sense to me. These people and Verizon can’t get anything right it seems. Well, at least my Xoom finally got the mailer to send back for the 4g upgrade…it’ll make selling it more profitable than without.

  • Guttatae22

    This phone is a JOKE!!!!!

  • Nothing is more frustrating than when my damn text messages are sent to the wrong person!

  • Alex Cutone

    Also the music app is bugged. If you try and scroll it down, it jumps right back up to the top.

  • Slvdepo

    Has anyone had the post-GB update issues?

    (1)   The clock app icon is no longer in the app launcher

    (2)  Call log is not showing any new / missed / made calls? 

  • Slvdepo

    Has anyone had the post-GB update issues?

    (1)   The clock app icon is no longer in the app launcher

    (2)  Call log is not showing any new / missed / made calls?

  • guest

    When keying a name in the To field of a text message it only suggests numbers instead of names like it used to before the update.

    I’d also love to see Google suggestions integrated into the browsers address bar.

  • Rocky1978

    All I want is a properly working video chat.  Since I switched from the iphone 4 to this phone, nothing works.  Skype, Google video chat, Tango, Oovoo, Qwik, etc……They all suck!  Some will have good video with horrible audio feedback.  Others will have audio that works (okay) but the video is choppy.  I’m about ready to give up on Android and switch back to Apple.  At least I know that Facetime works.  Yes, only on WiFi but heck, all of those I specified on Android have trouble even on WiFi and don’t get me started about how much it sucks over the network.  To me, Google has really dropped the ball on video chat for Android devices.

  • Freddy Morales

    Has anyones tbolt lose signal constantly?

  • Tjcard03

    anyone else having 4g problems? Just wondering. Thanks. 

  • Danajdarcy

    i  cant watch netflix now with the gingerbread update. im just wondering if anyone else is having that problem.

  • I agree…I’ve been trying to find the update but my phone won’t pick it up. I found a post on Verizon’s Forum where someone in a neighboring city received it about 4 days ago…but I have yet to see anything. 

  • Mc Lovin

    It seems like it has been pulled because my phone cant find any updates.  Which sucks for me because I really want gingerbread on my phone even with those issues.

  • Anonymous

    they fixed the reboot bug? still happening for me

  • LODE

    Wow, it’s been a few days since I’ve updated and I’ve definitely noticed battery drain from the Dialer system app.  Prior to the update I went 1d 15hrs with my new 3200mah extended battery on a single charge.  Now it drains in 10 hrs WITHOUT USING THE PHONE AT ALL!   Dialer is actually using as much battery (if not more if I check after I’ve been sleeping all night) than Display. I’d hate to see how quickly it drained putting the stock battery back in again.  I’ve tried killing all apps/system apps without success.  Looks like I may have to finally root.

    • Phaceplant

      Yep, my phone goes from 100% when I go to bed to 50% by the time I wake up in the morning. I didn’t think the TB’s battery life could get any worse, but apparently the Gingerbread man has figured out how!

  • Phaceplant

    I loved GB on my TB except for one thing. My battery dies very quickly now. The dialer shows up under what’s using battery as about the same percentage as display which never happened before GB. I don’t know what’s using the dialer all the time but I assume there must be something in GB that has caused one of my apps to poll some sensor or something after receiving or making a call. I also noticed that there have been a lot more “links found” for contacts since the update that don’t make sense. Don’t know if it has anything to do with the issue, but battery life was bad enough without having this problem.  Ugh!!

  • Killershade

    Every time I see stories about updates from the service provider I can’t help but wonder why anyone would bother.

    I have been running Android 2.3.5 since OMFGB Mecha released and there are zero problems with the build.

    Not everyone has their phone rooted? Really?

  • My job heavily relies on VM notifications  I hope this is a quick fix.

  • Anonymous

    I bet Verizon works just as quick with the fix as it did with the earlier update that made the phone reboot a couple of times a day. And that only took Verizon 6 weeks to fix that one.

    So glad I ditched the Thunderbolt when I did.

    • Anonymous

      Got rid of mine when dinc 2 got gb.

  • sog805

    this phone is an absolute POS!

  • Just had a VZW rep on the phone & he said that Voicemail Notifications will be restored in 24 hours.

  • I’m getting lock ups and reboots. Calls were there is no ring. But the GPS seems to finally work for the first time. As for a fix from HTC and Verizon. I’m sure Verizon will take their time in hopes that people will just spend the money getting a prime. They simply don’t care that what they are selling does not work as they promote. And there is no one holding them accountable for selling crap, and not letting customers get working devices when they do.

  • Elyesq

    I used the Android Police version leaked right before the OTA update.  I’ve not had any problems.  As for voicemail notifications, I use Google Voice for my voicemail and have been receiving notifications.  I highly recommend Google Voice over VZW’s voicemail.

    Hope this helps. 

  • EKD

    The Thunderbolt has been a disaster since day 1. Infact, all Androids on VZ are half-baked when released. Word on the street is that the Bionic has so many bugs that VZ or Motorola released a list of bugs pages long!

    Time to switch to iOS or WP? – I guess, when they start producing LTE devices…

    • Anonymous

      I switch to iOS , dont miss lte every thing is so smooth. I only miss widgets and voice nav.