Every now and then since its launch back in March 2011, rumors of an upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC Thunderbolt surface.Today, after almost two years of waiting, HTC Thunderbolt has been confirmed to receive the promised Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.
Verizon Wireless has just published the update’s full changelog, along with the benefits users will get after downloading and installing Ice Cream Sandwich on their phones.
Although it’s unclear when exactly the rollout of the update will begin, Verizon’s support page mentions that it is “coming soon” so can assume it will be pushed within the next few days.
The update is about 400MB in size and is expected to roll out OTA (over-the-air), in waves. This means that not all HTC Thunderbolt owners might receive it at the same time, but they won’t have to wait too long before the update reaches their devices.
According to Verizon, the new software update 7.02.605.06 710RD for HTC Thunderbolt includes an upgrade to the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and HTC Sense 3.6 UI.
Aside from that, the upcoming update also comes with some bloatware from Verizon. However, there are some Verizon apps and services which will be removed after the update process is successfully completed.
Check out below the list of the additional changes included in this update and stay tuned for more info on the exact release.
- Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added;
- New customer care solution to improve customer service experience. When a customer calls into Verizon Wireless customer care, this solution, with the customer’s permission, allows support personnel to remotely view the user’s device for device training, application demonstrations and troubleshooting;
- Improved device stability will decrease device resets;
- Verizon Apps, Blockbuster, Rhapsody, Verizon Video and Mobile IM app have been removed.