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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.
With devices like the HTC Rezound (Vigor) and Galaxy Nexus headed to Verizon stores within the next few weeks, we are starting to see prices of their predecessors get slashed. The DROID Charge dropped to $199 on Friday and now the Thunderbolt is joining the party.
If for some reason you feel like you can’t wait for the Rezound, then by all means jump on Big Red’s first 4G LTE device that has quite the developer following. For $49 (current customers), you can get the device and a free extended battery (a $49.99 value in its own right) if you purchase online. If you are not a current customer, the price is appearing as $149 with a free battery tossed. This is easily one of the bigger price drops we have seen in some time.
*Note - In order to see it at $49, you have to be logged into your account.
*Note 2 - Many of you are only seeing it as $149. Could be an error, will keep an eye on it.
Update: Looks like the $49 price was just an error. Silly Verizon.
Cheers DL App tipster and Tim!
When TrevE over at XDA discovered almost a week ago now that a handful of HTC devices had a security issue, he did the right thing and reported it immediately to HTC. While the tech world attempted to make it sound like the world was coming to an end, HTC confirmed this morning that NONE of their customers have had data stolen or have been affected by this issue. (more…)
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…)
Patience is finally paying off for HTC Thunderbolt owners as Gingerbread is now officially rolling out and CyanogenMod 7 has been updated for rooted users too. There are good fixes in this new build, but we always recommend knowing your device inside and out before attempting these types of things. Plus a backup or two wouldn’t hurt either.
Added to the list of working features are Bluetooth calling, camcorder will now have better audio, and you’ll be introduced to some different lockscreen options. Full support and instructions can be found at the original RootzWiki thread. Feeling frisky?
Packed inside the Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) update for the HTC Thunderbolt, you will find a new dock app that pops up automatically when dropped into a cradle. As you can see in the photo above, it’s simple, but still gives you enough information to make it worthwhile.
It’s not customizable other than the wallpaper stream in the background or the music you decide to play, however, it’s a welcomed addition. It pulls in your calendar feed, weather, can turn into a hotspot automatically, and even pull in your Friend Stream. If only we could toss in a Gmail icon it might be perfect. (more…)