#TBT: That Time Steve Wozniak Called the Thunderbolt the Worst Gadget He Ever Paid For

For this week’s #TBT, we would like to highlight a low point in the history of Android. Remember the Thunderbolt? The man, Steve Wozniak, very much disliked that phone from HTC. But, how is that possible? The Thunderbolt was the first publicly available phone to run on Verizon’s uber-fast 4G LTE network! What was wrong with it? Well, how about the constant reboots, crap signal no matter where you went, and the despicable update support? Mr. Woz apparently liked this phone so little that he felt the need to go into Gizmodo’s comment section and share his feelings.  (more…)

HTC Employee: “Sorry About the Thunderbolt in General”

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The HTC Thunderbolt is largely thought to be one of the most disappointing, frustrating, and disastrous smartphones of all time. It was released as Verizon’s first 4G LTE device, so you can imagine how much attention it grabbed from the tech universe leading up to and after its arrival two years ago. In fact, we hypebeasted the Thunderbolt for months after it was first unveiled at CES in January of 2011, followed by non-stop coverage of it for a lengthy period of time after release. Unfortunately for HTC and those who bought the phone, the phone struggled to become anything but a nuisance as software delays and poor performance tarnished any sort of positive life it once attempted to live.  (more…)

HTC Thunderbolt Update to Build 7.02.605.10 is Now Live


We figured Verizon was pulling an epic April Fools prank and approved an update for the Thunderbolt yesterday. Turns out, it is very real and build 7.02.605.10 is rolling out to owners this morning. The update includes a handful of fixes and small improvements to the Ice Cream Sandwich firmware that was pushed out last month.

The update is 19.3MB in size.

More info.

Cheers Chris!

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?

OMG: Rooted, Deodexed, Debloated ICS ROM Released for the HTC Thunderbolt

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Now that the official Ice Cream Sandwich build for the Thunderbolt has been released and pushed out to remaining owners (I hear crickets), developers are already working their magic. Last week, a developer released a rooted, deodexed, and more importantly, debloated version of the official ICS build to users. I say more importantly because after looking at the list of removed apps, it’s hard to believe there was any room on the device’s storage for any user-installed applications.  (more…)

Verizon Finally Approves Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Thunderbolt as Build 7.02.605.06

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You probably don’t believe this, but Verizon has approved Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Thunderbolt. After missing their self-imposed August deadline, the update is finally ready now that we are in January of 2013. The official build number is 7.02.605.06. Once updated, your phone will be running Android 4.0.4 with Sense 3.6.

Welcome to the club Thunderbolt owners, you poor abused souls.

In this update you’ll find lock screen notifications, a custom launch bar, easily create folders, multitask with ease, and more. It’s a major update from Gingerbread.

The update is 395MB in size.  (more…)