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After HTC and Verizon released 2.11.605.3 for the Thunderbolt, they quickly realized that it had a couple of very serious bugs (broken voicemail notifcations and a major security vulnerability) and pulled it. Now, almost a month later, they have returned with a new version rolling in at 2.11.605.5 which just so happened to have leaked last week. It fixes both of those major issues we just pointed out, along with Bluetooth security and those random SMS message sessions.
The update is 146MB in size and could be available in the coming days.
No word yet on how HTC will update those that actually accepted the 2.11.605.3 update.
At this point it’s no secret that the HTC Thunderbolt‘s Gingerbread update was not of the highest quality and was eventually pulled. Google Talk with Video didn’t work, it broke notifications for voicemails, and had all sorts of SMS and weather syncing issues. Let’s also not forget about that security vulnerability that a number of HTC devices were found to have, including the Tbolt. Owners of the device have been more-than-frustrated to say the least.
As of today though, it’s looking like a new update is inching closer that will fix all of those previously mentioned bugs. A new RUU has leaked as build 2.11.605.5. It can be flashed by everyone including non-rooted users. Just remember that this will wipe your device clean – you will lose everything. (more…)
Been wondering what happened to the Gingerbread update for the HTC Thunderbolt? Well, after early adopters noticed that their device could no longer receive voicemail notifications once they had updated, it was pulled with no future date in sight. And then, just a week or so later, a security vulnerability was pointed out to HTC which we are assuming is what’s causing the additional delay. A voicemail bug can’t be that hard to fix, right? Who knows about a security issue like that though.
So what is the latest? According to HTC’s official Twitter account, it will be here “soon.” Damn do we love that word! With no time table given at this point, we are about out of ideas as to when you may see it. The original Incredible still doesn’t have it by the way, so you aren’t alone Tbolt owners. What a mess.
We had almost forgotten about the DROID2 Global and its Gingerbread update getting pulled back in September over an Exchange encryption issue when a new support document showed up in our inbox. Everything must be squared away now, as the new build of 4.5.608 has been approved and should be made available shortly. Normally when these support documents arrive, the update shows up within a week or so. Well, unless you have the Incredible or Thunderbolt that is.
The changelog hasn’t changed from last time and can be found here.
Blue Blur is upon you DROID Pro owners! After months of waiting following a 2.3.3 May tease, the Pro will join the rest of Motorola’s lineup in the Gingerbread ranks. And now that I think about it, is this the last of them? Let me get this straight – Motorola managed to update their entire portfolio of phones to Gingerbread before Samsung could get either the Fascinate or Charge on it? And I’m going to attempt to not even mention the Thunderbolt and Incredible debacles. Got to give it up to Moto for that at least.
If you own a Pro, you are in for a completely different experience than what you have grown accustomed to over the last year. The UI is now blue, but the biggest part of this update is the stability and speed that comes with Gingerbread. Welcome to the party!
As for a time of release, we just heard from a reader who received it yesterday. Head on into Settings>About phone>System updates and see if you are greeted with kindness.
Full changelog after the break. (more…)
Each month, the Android team publishes the distribution numbers for each version of Android. It doesn’t do much other than give us a chance to laugh at the idea that some people are still running phones with Cupcake and Eclair on them. Well, it also gives us a look at which OS is on the rise – this month it’s Gingerbread thanks to Motorola who upgraded their entire portfolio.
And then next month or in December, we should see a new entry as Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Fun, fun.
Via: Android Developers
This week we found out that a “soak test” has been scheduled for owners of the DROIDX2. Details of what were to be included had yet to materialize, but this latest leaked SBF file (from the2dcour) for the device may give us a pretty good hint. The full SBF below will bring your device up to Android 2.3.4, is still locked, and does not appear to be the 3D Blur that we have seen on the DROID3 and Bionic.
Download: VRZ_MB870_4.5.1A-DTN-150-30_1FF_01.sbf.zip (334MB)
Good news is that you can still root with Pete’s root tool.
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… (more…)