The HTC ThunderBolt's Ice Cream Sandwich update has been a long time coming, but today Verizon finally revealed the details of the update for its first 4G LTE smartphone. The update is software version 7.02.605.06 710RD and will bump the ThunderBolt up to Android 4.0.4 as well as version 3.6 of HTC's Sense overlay. Once the update dust has settled and ICS is installed, ThunderBolt owners can expect to find goodies like Face Unlock, a customizable launch bar, lock screen notifications and increased device stability thanks to a reduction in device resets. Verizon's full changelog for the update can be found at the bottom of this post.
The Android 4.0.4 update for the HTC ThunderBolt weighs in at 395.6MB, and Verizon says that owners will be notified once the update is available for download on their device. There's no word yet on when the rollout is expected to begin, but it typically doesn't take long for the push to start after Verizon's support documents go up.
While Android 4.0.4 is a couple of versions behind what the latest devices like the Nexus 4 are currently running, Ice Cream Sandwich is certainly a step up from Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is what the ThunderBolt was running before this update. It's good to see HTC and Verizon stick to their word and provide an ICS update for the ThunderBolt, and it's kind of crazy to see the TBolt getting such a major update nearly two years after its release. Stay tuned and we'll update you when we hear more about this update's expected start date. Are any of you out there still rocking an HTC ThunderBolt?
LOCK SCREEN NOTIFICATIONS
Additional updates to this software upgrade include: