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HTC Thunderbolt 73.5MB Update Starts Now: Should You Accept?

July 9, 2021 | Debbie Turner

Here at OSM we like to bring you all the news about latest updates for your smartphones and yesterday told of the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update about to come to the HTC Droid Incredible 2. Today we have news of an update for the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon as it is now available but there are cautions that it might not be the best option to accept the upgrade.

In mid-June we brought news of an update coming to the HTC Thunderbolt and it was thought at the time that this may be a 2.3 Gingerbread update. However now know that the update will not be bringing Gingerbread with it, a major disappointment for many. A previous update had brought a lot of problems with it, causing random reboots and it’s those issues that this latest update will address.

The update became available last night according to Kellex over on Droid-Life and will bring other fixes and improvements including a desktop dock app. That addition is also coming to the Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread update and so hopefully that means that Gingerbread is not too far away for Thunderbolt users. If you want to check out all the benefits of the update that has just become available head to the Verizon support page here where you can see a PDF link for what the update brings and another PDF link on software update instructions. The software update build number is 1.70.605.0 and the size of the upgrade is 73.5MB.

However the Twitter account @TeamAndIRC has issued a recommendation that rooted users should not accept the update. Meanwhile Darren Murph over on Engadget, also reports on the Thunderbolt software update and brings a note of caution. Although there are many enhancements that the update will bring, such as improved data connectivity, a better Bluetooth Discovery Mode pop-up window, the addition of Backup Assistant to the All Apps menu and an enhanced Call History view among others, Murph points out that the update will also bring some more unwelcome additions. These include bloatware such as V CAST Music, V CAST Videos and MyVerizon, plus the loss of the free mobile hotspot feature, which Verizon will charge for on the switch to the new tiered data plans.

In fact Engadget goes as far as saying that if you’re happy with the way your Thunderbolt is working right now it might be worth avoiding the update this time around. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. Maybe you’ve already received the update and if so did it go smoothly? Will you resist the latest update until at least Gingerbread comes? Let us know with your comments

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  • Von Wiltman

    This bloatwear that Verizon continues to bombard Thunderbolt users is ridiculous.I would have never considered rooting my phone until this update simply to loose all of this unwanted crap. Also, wouldn’t it make sense for Verizon to dish out gingerbread to the costumers that paid top dollar for their newest pieces of hardware? Verizon needs to get their priorities straight right away.

  • Keith Myers

    Von, their priorities are straight as an arrow —-> $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Michael Gathings

    Update installed without a hitch. No Gingerbread and still no video chat from Skype.
    I guess us TB users are the red-headed step child.