If your pockets are empty, it is looking like the perfect time to snatch up the HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon. Now through January 26, you can pick up the device for free when you enter a new contract on Big Red. Thanks to HTC unlocking the bootloader, the Thunderbolt still receives love from the developer community so we know that this device won’t disappear from the radar anytime too soon. And the fact that this was Verzon’s first 4G LTE device, means owning one just for nostalgia is completely justified.
Update: We’re not so sure now that this list is actually real. The Facebook page has been pulled, and was reportedly not even from an HTC employee. Go ahead and ignore this one, folks.
HTC has taken to their Facebook page in Turkey to provide their hungry users with some much wanted information. This info has to do with the upgrades to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for their 2011 handsets. Almost 8 phones are listed as being worked on for upgrades already for release in the first quarter of 2012. Aside from the EVO 3D, which was said to have an update of December 2011, the HTC Amaze 4G, Sensation, EVO Design 4G and Vivid are all on this list.
The HTC Rezound and Thunderbolt are also on this list, but one interesting note about the Thunderbolt. It is the only phone with a “confirmed” Q1 update status as opposed to the rest of the phones “unavailable.” While that is nothing to set in stone it’s at least comforting to know that HTC is working hard to bring people ICS who were early adopters of 4G LTE. Making a list of upgrades is one thing, but 8 phones in a month is one tall order, is HTC ready for that?
Via: Pocketnow, Facebook
HTC, after announcing that all of their phones released after September of this year would have unlockable bootloaders, has updated their dev site to reflect that statement. Oh but wait, they went even deeper than that and even included the Thunderbolt and Incredible 2, two devices released long before September. Talk about making a statement to both the developer crowd and other manufacturers in the game.
We were led to believe that this was all up to the carriers, but HTC seems to have either found a way around that, doesn’t care what the carrier’s think, or produced a carrier accepted bootloader unlocking tool that everyone is willing to accept. No matter what, we are loving it.
I think all that’s left to be said now is, ”Doesn’t Motorola owe us an explanation?” A solution? Something?
And go get yourself unlocked if you haven’t already at HTCDev.com.
Cheers to everyone who sent this in!
Still rockin’ the HTC Thunderbolt? An update for it has been approved by Verizon that should improve issues with contact ringtones, notification volume, and local streaming playback. The Twitter API for Peep has also been updated, the clock app will now show up in your app list, and Exchange ActiveSync will see improvements. It’s not Ice Cream Sandwich or anything major, but hey, who doesn’t love a good update?
Since the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code, the wait for ports of the OS to different devices has begun. It has been just 2 weeks and we can happily report that many devices (more than expected) already have semi-working builds and that there are others on the way. In this list of devices with working ports you will find the Motorola XOOM, HTC Thunderbolt, DROID 3, DROID Incredible, and even an alpha build for the DROID Bionic.
ICS for these devices is not 100% yet, but from what we can tell, these builds will start becoming more user friendly in a short time. If you want to keep track on the work for these devices, follow the links to their homes down below. (more…)
The wait for MIUI on the HTC Thunderbolt has finally come to an end. The ROM has been there, but data was the missing link. Big thanks to erishasnobattery who cracked the problem that has plagued everyone since work on a MIUI port first began. For those in the, “What the heck is MIUI?” category, MIUI is a custom ROM built on top of Android with a completely different interface. Some users say it resembles iOS, but some others say it is just a minimal look. Whatever the look is, it has been one of the most downloaded and used custom ROMs in Android’s history, probably right behind CyanogenMod. (more…)
Over on the HTC Facebook page, they have announced which devices in their line will be the first to receive Ice Cream Sandwich. For Verizon customers it looks like we are only seeing the newly announced Rezound on this list. Doesn’t mean we won’t ever see it on the Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt, but the chances are pretty slim.
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Rezound
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Amaze 4G
HTC is not the first company to start discussing which handsets would receive Google’s newest offering. Just a bit back, Samsung started naming names too, but they didn’t even mention the DROID Charge. Instead of announcing these devices in “waves”, don’t you just wish they would spill the beans and be straight forward with which devices were receiving ICS or not? Would make speculating a whole lot easier. Of course, this will all become more clear once Google releases Android 4.0 to the public and these companies can fully assess the situation.
Cheers everyone who sent this in!
I was fortunate enough to snag some time with an upcoming developer who’s work can be found for many HTC Thunderbolt devices if they search hard enough through the forums. The neat thing about this developer is that they are an incredible multi-tasker just like the platform they work on. A mother, full-time worker, and part-time Android developer. Impressive. Her name is Misty and she goes by Liquidzgrl on the web, and she creates ROMs and themes for the Thunderbolt.
Down below you can read my conversation with her on starting to develop, being a mom and still having time for a hobby, and possibly being the only underground Android developer who just so happens to be a girl. (more…)