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HTC Thunderbolt Update to Build 7.02.605.10 on the Way

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Verizon approved a new update for the HTC Thunderbolt this morning, one that will bring the phone up to build 7.02.605.10. It’s minor and includes small improvements to a handful of features, like the microphone, HTC Watch, text messaging, and Yahoo/Microsoft Exchange connectivity. Yep, that’s it.

The update is 19.3MB in size.

More info.

On a related note, while I have Thunderbolt owners’ attention, how is the phone performing after the Ice Cream Sandwich update? My brother has a T-Bolt and I noticed him using it this weekend – holy s**t was his phone ridiculously slow and laggy. Is it like that for all of you? Would the phone have been better off without this update?

  • Sean NM

    Two months ago, I rooted and picked up a basic ICS rom on one of these websites. I haven’t had any problems and just passed my two year anniversary with my original Thunderbolt…which is still running strong and looks 98% new since I’ve had it in a Otter Box since I got the phone.

  • Except for some Bluetooth weirdness and WiFi issues, ICS has been fantastic. like a new phone – seems smoother, definitely not slow or laggy. I am happily getting another year of life out of this $600 hand-held android tablet with Cell Phone capability built in.

  • Paul D

    very slow and laggy since ICS update. Every function on the phone is affected…

  • josephc

    I found that turning off the animations help reduce the lag for my phone.

  • Joseph M.

    After the 4.0 update, the Thunderbolt is the best two year old phone ever. Yes, it’s slow compared to a modern dual core/quad core, but considering the hardware, I certainly can’t complain. In some ways, the Thunderbolt is actually a better piece of hardware than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus I bought to replace it when Android 2.3 got too old and annoying. For example, the TBolt’s camera takes much nicer snapshots, and the TBolt doesn’t overheat while I’m using the Mobile WiFi Hotspot. The Thunderbolt also has a kickstand!

  • Completely messed my phone up, totally unusable, had to be replaced by insurion, Got new tbolt, worked great until forced ICS update, very very laggey, Got new “fix” update today and phone is dead, went from full charge to 15% in an hour. I plugged into my usb at 14% and phone continued to drain until shutdown. If it’s not broke don’t fix it!

  • xmichaelx

    I love my Thunderbolt. Probably won’t be getting a new phone for quite some time now that it works BETTER than it did when it was brand new. I have absolutely no lagging ever. My battery will last all day if I use it under what I consider to be “normal circumstances.” I am a business owner, so I look up quite a few things online, text about 150-200 times per day and use various apps. Though I will admit I’m not an app junky and do not have 50 apps running in the background. With the new ICS update, I put the task killer on my home page quick launch at the bottom and use it about 3-4 times a day. I was actually very happy to receive this newest update because prior to ICS I did a hard reset (factory data reset) and lost the Emergency Alerts. I live in an area where these come in handy with severe weather, especially this time of year (Spring). The new update re-installed them and now as I mentioned before, my phone is better than it was brand new. I’ve had it almost two years and intend to keep it longer. For those who have the extreme lag, stop using your phone as an arcade .. respect your electronics and they will respect you πŸ˜‰

  • peterjang73

    It was nearly unuseable after ICS upgrade (if you can call it that) and even inputs would take too long! I nearly threw it against the concrete several times! But then my friend suggested I try factory reset and it’s been more useable since and my 4Gspeeds went up from laughable 3 Mb/sec to 11 Mb/sec.

  • JW

    Yes. Ice Cream Sandwich update totally slowed my Thunderbolt. Fun new features and look … but definitely at a price. It has basically sped up the timetable for moving on to a new phone. I’m hoping today’s minor update at least fixes the texting bug that came along with the big update where it would auto-fill a message to someone with a random message I had sent in the past. Very annoying. I would have to delete the message screen before typing my intended message.

    • peterjang73

      I’m telling you… try factory reset (after backing up stuff)! It is much more useable after that!

  • Holycrap Batman….ICS has sabotaged us! My beloved TBolt is almost uselessly slow. I finally bit the bullet yesterday and did afactory reset to no avail. Biggestissue is that I am now using unimaginable data just for EMAIL! I have been to two different stores for help but they just try to sell me a new POS. oh, yeah did I mention that it now gets hot enough to cook an egg AND that the battery dies obscenely fast now too? I don’t know where to turn. ANY help appreciated.

  • FJ40

    YES Slower but better after reset.

  • Software was unusable until I did a factory reset. Now it’s fine.. vastly improved over Gingerbread. My biggest issue is that the gapps process keeps crashing.

  • XR4Ti

    T-BOLT + ICS = crap
    After the instal of ICS my phone was so slow (Not to mention the incompatibility with flash). I promptly threw my Thunderbolt down the fire escape at work and bought a Note-2 with the insurance money.

  • John

    yes, SUPER laggy and slow among a number of issues. Starting to feel the switch to verizon was a bad idea. Try using this in your car via in car BT. You end of dialing numbers twice. you have wait and pause with every action.

  • Lance

    Its been a POS since the ICS update, but Im managing until the GS4 arrives πŸ™‚

  • Jeff Miller

    Considering we are running on 756 mb ram I am just happy to see it running, but yes it lags like crazy.

  • Stew560

    Mine is a POS with ICS. It pushed me over the edge to root it and install something else. Unfortunately, it won’t even detect when it connects to ANY Computer now, so I can’t get any root action going. Plus my Text Messaging has totally stopped working when trying to load my wife’s contact. It just sits there “Loading”. I hope this update helps a bit. The X Phone can’t come soon enough. And if that hypebeast lets me down, I’ll go pick up a used SIII or DNA.

  • I keep trying all the ICS ROMs I find but I keep going back to Gingerbread using BAMF Skyraider Zeus 1.3. It’s the most stable and fastest for me. One of these days I’ll find an ICS ROM to update to, and then not long after that hopefully a new device worth upgrading to. Currently there really isn’t anything that is a MAJOR upgrade…

  • Scott Nezos

    Mine has been way better than gingerbread. I guess experiences will vary.

  • RaptorOO7

    Who the hell is still rocking a Thunderbolt in 2013, I got rid of mine a long, long time ago. Just another reason NOT to get HTC their battery life sucks.

  • feztheforeigner

    April Fools! Like the Thunderbolt would actually get updated lol

  • People still use these?

  • kdub

    We just need source so we can have oc kernel.

  • sholtkamp

    I changed my home screen from HTC Default to Nova. Runs great now!!! I couldn’t believe how much of a difference it made, unreal.

    • flosserelli

      Yep, a 3rd party launcher can breathe new life into an aging device. Especially if you have always used the stock launcher/skin.

  • Daniel Russell

    Dad has a thunderbolt. ICS pretty much destroyed it. It can’t handle even simple tasks without freezing for seconds. Home screen movements are no longer smooth and RAM is constantly taken up.

  • Jason Bittner

    Mine is rooted and running stock debloated…. runs smooth as butter…. If you remove all the HTC and VZW crap, its fine.

  • TheDealer

    Its been laggy in the past couple weeks. But I use the app. cache cleaner to keep it from getting too slow. Last week I did a hard re-boot to make it a crisper experience,


    April Fools.

  • coolsilver

    Mine does after a while. But usually ok. I also updated over the ICS leak with stock rooted deodex

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    HTC Thunderbolt update on April 1st. Seems appropriate.

  • flosserelli

    Poor Tbolt owners. I know who’s probably getting a S4 or One this year.

  • ThatGuy

    With ICS it’s very slow, very laggy, very….. we asked for it.

  • Anon

    “My brother has a T-Bolt and I noticed him using it this weekend – holy
    s**t was his phone ridiculously slow and laggy. Is it like that for all
    of you? Would the phone have been better off without this update?”

    Kellex, did your brother do a factory reset after the update? A lot of old hardware can have really odd problems during an upgrade; I’d ask this of anyone who has gone from GB to ICS on the TBolt (or any device going from GB to ICS for that matter), just to be sure. I wouldn’t do this update without resetting to default aftwards and starting from scratch.

    • peterjang73

      It was… until I did factory reset. I wish we’d been warned by HTC and/or Verizon! Sheesh…

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  • Seth

    “holy s**t was his phone ridiculously slow and laggy. Is it like that for all of you?”

    yes, it is terrible… good riddance in may when the contract ends

  • Richard Yarrell

    Can’t believe they still have this crappy Thunderdud in circulation. This device is the perfect reflection of Verizon’s PISS POOR battery draining network. No update in the world will ever help the WORST android device as far as battery life. This reminds me of that other crappy device on Verizon the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus was the WORST NEXUS EVER battery draining joke. Piss on Verizon. .

    • Richard Yarrell

      Fake wanna be Evo. Htc Thunderdud

      • ostensibly

        Lighten up, Francis.

      • squiddy20

        And yet it has the same or better specs than the “pimp slapping” Evo 4G you once had… What a tool.

        • Joseph M.

          Not to mention, a 4G network that’s more than vaporware outside of the top 50 markets. If we don’t have 4G (very rare these days) we have 3G that works all the time instead of timing out 1/2 the time.

    • squiddy20

      *sigh* Just because a phone hasn’t been sold from the carrier in a year does not mean it is magically wiped from the face of the earth, or out of “circulation”. There are still quite a few people with the original Galaxy S and even the Evo 4G. Only short-sighted morons such as yourself would think such ridiculous things.

      “No update in the world will ever help the WORST android device as far as battery life.” Hmmm, the Thunderbolt was THE first LTE capable phone on Verizon. At the time LTE was (and some would argue, still is) in it’s infancy. Is it any wonder the first phone with a brand new wireless technology would have horrible battery life? You obviously don’t have one iota of brainpower…

    • vzwuser76

      It always makes me laugh when Sprint users deride Verizon, be it for the subscription cost or in your case that it sucks battery (first time I’ve heard that one). The reason you Sprint guys have any coverage is because Sprint has a roaming agreement with Verizon. Look for a Sprint coverage map that does NOT include towers that their customers roam on Verizon’s network. It’s not much better than T-Mobile’s coverage. In my state for instance, Sprint coverage includes the largest city, plus around 100 miles of coverage along the interstate. Trust me I would like more than 1 or 2 carriers offering service (only 1 in my area). There are multiple carriers, but all of them use Verizon’s or AT&T’s networks for their signal.

      Personally I’d rather have a carrier that’s hard on battery and have signal wherever I go, than have great battery life and no signal to use it with.

  • New_Guy

    It is unbearably laggy. I couldn’t stand it. got rid of the thing a couple of weeks ago anyhow, so whatev’s.

  • superdry

    Yea…I’m running a stock, rooted version of the ICS update on my Thunderbolt and it is laggy as all hell to the point of using the phone can be extremely frustrating (it was pretty nice and smooth when I first used it). Also, the new radios aren’t that great.

    I just bought a Nexus 4 to use on prepaid once my Verizon contract is up (ending very soon and cannot wait for it to end). It’ll be finally nice not to use 2010 technology in 2013.
    But, I have to say the T-bolt is still a decent phone that one can use on a day-to-day basis – just gotta use a nice custom rom to give best usability.

  • David Dudovitz

    The TBolt and its relative run fine without any apps installed, but if you are more than the average user and install 100+ apps, they turn to s**t, even on custom roms and overclocked. Moving to the quad core DNA was a revelation, this thing could probably handle 500 + apps installed if not for Verizon’s stupid 16 GB storage limit.

    • mgamerz

      I doubt that verizon had much to do with that design decision.

      • Tech Pro

        DROID Does. Verizon owns DROID phones.

        It’s different story for non-Droid phones.

        • alex drum

          verizon owns the branding… not the phones or rights to the phones… they own the rights to the branding.

          • Tech Pro

            Think about this.
            You design and manufacturing 1 custom phone for single customer and customer told you make changes or I am not buying it. There are only 2 choices. 1. Say “NO” and this phone is dead before arrival. 2. Customer is always right and do whatever he said.
            Just look at HTC Butterfly/Droid DNA. HTC Butterfly has SD card slot and Droid DNA had wirleless charging because Verizon wants it. Why are they different?

  • James

    I wish there were more high-end 4.3″ phones with the physical dimensions of the Thunderbolt. The bezels on the Thunderbolt, especially the top and bottom ones were the smalllest I’ve had in any phone. All these 4.5″+ screened phones have pretty big top and bottom bezels.

    Also, 4.3″ screens will consume less power than 4.5″+ screens. I’d take more battery life than a nicer display (both in size and quality). Even as SoCs get more power efficient, screens haven’t as much and it’s what consumes 50%-70% of the battery during average use.

    • Acton J.

      Same here. Just look at the HTC One with a smaller battery beating the S4 by an hour during a browsing test (ie. mostly idle CPU, GPU and network). The larger the screen, the easier to see things and just makes phones easier to use.

      However, I’d rather settle for a 720p 4.3″ screen using current technology for better battery life.

      • flosserelli

        I agree 1000%. I’ve had 5 android phones and my favorite (dimension-wise) is still my old Nexus One. I still believe that if HTC released an updated version with a slightly larger 720p SuperLCD, 2GB memory, micro sd slot and removable battery, that phone would sell like hotcakes. Not everyone wants or needs a 5″+ 1080p mini tablet.

        • LionStone

          I have not missed the lack of card slot or removable battery on the DNA. But I do enjoy the screen, every day πŸ™‚

    • chris125

      well except for the thunderbolt got battery life 100x worth than even these “larger screen devices of now”

      • Hugo

        That’s why he mentioned current phones as examples for screen size and battery life. The crappy battery life of the Thunderbolt was due to things in addition to the screen. The Tbolt reference was more for the small top/bottom bezels.

    • LionStone

      The DNA’s 5″ screen has a pretty tight bezel. With moderate use today its been off the charger for 8 hours and I have used about 36%, 2 hours of screen time, solid 4G the whole time and the screen, according to GSam Battery Monitor, only used 9.1%!

      • steve

        what does the built in Android Battery use app say?

        • LionStone

          Its MIA…they didn’t put one?

          • alex drum

            settings: battery (or your equivalent, i dont know of a current android phone without it…) you might be right but i would be seriously surprised/disturbed.

          • LionStone

            Yea I probably shouldn’t have put the question mark after my comment. It was more like, I don’t know why they didn’t. So for some reason it wasn’t included. At first I was bummed too but the GSam Batt app makes up for it, it’s very good.
            I reached out to GSam about the accuracy of the screen display stats for the DNA and my low percentage usage and he told me that HTC is “pretty good about publishing their device power profile for their phones correctly – they are one of the few companies that seem to take care with this. In which case, its probably fairly accurate.”
            He did think my percentage was kind of low but without other data he couldn’t say for sure why it’s so low. But knowing that I typically keep the brightness at 1/3 and even 0 in the evenings and the morning, I think that my usage is pretty accurate. I included my usage for yesterday.


  • Joe

    For some reason, about a week ago, I stopped being able to receive push notifications while on my home wifi network. I have scoured the internet for remedies, but nothing works. Otherwise, I don’t hate it.. i’m just spinning my wheels until the GS4 or whatever HTC One/DNA Plus/Butterfly 2 comes out for Verizon.

  • very slow..very laggy… the worst phone ever. Cant wait for the sg4.

  • masterxchief

    My mom has the phone now and she had been complaining since the update. Super slow

  • My brother still uses this and it is much slower after the update. He is trying to make it to the GS4, but it is getting messy.

  • got.mule

    Mine is now a glorified paperweight. Charges fine, but doesn’t stay “on.” Just turns off after a while. Not a reboot, but flat lines. You have to plug it in to turn it on, and then it shows as charged.

    • NyReynolds

      Try changing the battery. I had a bad gs3 battery that was charged but wouldn’t keep my phone on. Changing the battery worked.

  • MobileServer

    Painfully slooooooow, after the update!

  • Stock ROM is atrocious on this thing. Only way to get nearly lag-free is to go with Liquid Smooth/AOSP flavor and a heavy dose of bug spray.

  • Still waiting for my Bionic Jelly Bean update…………………………………………….

    • anon

      Your post is relevant to this thread. Not.

      • JoshGroff

        My t-shirt is NOT black.

    • alex drum

      thank god you didn’t get it in 2012… that would have actually brought the apocalypse.

  • Nexus_FrEak

    It’s bad… Real bad!

    • Alan

      That’s just how it is. New software will likely use more resources in order to provide the added features. Sometimes getting the latest Android version isn’t a good thing.

      I remember when my Droid 1 had the best performance with the initial release or first update. Putting Froyo, Gingerbread, etc. on it just made things worse and worse.

      • gizman

        That’s the downside of getting the newest version. If I had a choice, I’d be fine if the only updates my phone gets are backported security and stability updates. Those are more important to me than whatever feature the latest Android has.

        • Kevin McDole

          C’mon, Florence? Really?

      • feztheforeigner

        Generally yes, however the update from ICS to Jelly Bean actually made all of my devices significantly smoother and faster!

      • Dain Laguna

        Ah…but this is a testament to oem skins and how they sour folks on android…not proof that the latest build isnt the best.

        while the galaxy nexus is newer, it runs phenomenal under jellybean. those resources arent running sense or touchwiz in the background.

        on my evo lte (one x with an sd slot), i can double tap my home button and the view of my homescreen zooms out to show me all screens i have.

        when i press home one more time, it takes me back to the main screen…and the lag thats present while doing this looks like something out of the gingerbread era.

        skins like touchwiz and sense especially, introduce lag in android where there otherwise would be none.

        • Fattie McDoogles

          You need to wipe your EVO. I have an EVO and wiped it after I updated and started fresh. I have no problems whatsoever.

    • D.B.Evans

      I was helping a relative reduce the lag – but couldn’t eliminate it. Going through the apps and disabling a lot of the HTC and Verizon bloat helped, and doing twice-a-week reboots seem to help. I’ve suggested that he do a factory reset to purge all the old files left over from before the upgrade; but he hasn’t (yet) wanted to go through the pain of restoring everything afterwards.

    • Have you tried restoring it to factory defaults? I know when I updated on my Rezound things were bad until I gave it the chance to have a fresh start.

      • Fattie McDoogles

        That’s a big part that no one realizes. Half of the issue with updates is you are trying to run old data through new software. You have to wipe the device after you update to get it to function the way it was meant too.

        • One thing I quite don’t understand is the way iOS devices can circumvent this! Just about every OS (wether it be windows, Android, etc.) requires a full wipe / reinstall when updating but yet Apple is able to somehow have no performance lag even after coming off of an update! I wonder if itunes has something to do with it, maybe it backsup the device, updates and then restores all the information….that would explain why it takes so long!!! Not trying to bash android, just stating an observation!

    • josephc

      I found that turning off animations on my phone seems to really help reduce the lag.

  • JetBlue

    It’s not too bad it’s what I’d qualify as normal for a phone with a single core processor compared to the dual core and quad core phones.

  • ßen Murphy

    Before I ditched it, I noticed that doing a full factory reset (backup your data) help improved the sluggishness overall than doing it the OTA way. Hope that helps.

  • Doing the in place upgrade resulted in some pretty horrendous lag about once a week. I finally decided to wipe to factory defaults, and that resolved 99% of my lag issues.

  • Bowen9284

    I work with a T bolt owner. His phone is nearly unusable. Be careful what you wish for!

  • For those wondering… No, this isn’t an April Fools joke..

    For giggles I installed the OTA on my now retired TBolt and it ran like butter. Not sure how well it fares from an update with user data and apps still on it.. But running factory was great.

    • Joseph M.

      My experience too. My T-Bolt was retired and had been “factory reset” when I applied the ICS update, so I’ve only known the goodness. I don’t doubt that people upgrading on top of dozens of installed 2.3 apps had problems. It’s always better to install the OS “clean.”