There’s some unsettling news today for those of you still waiting for the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your HTC Thunderbolts. For some time now owners have been patiently, or not so patiently waiting for the operating system update which at one time seemed imminent. However it seems there will be a further delay.
Originally it was thought that the Gingerbread update was coming at the end of June but the end of the month came and went with no more mention. Then on July 9 we informed HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon owners of another update but unfortunately although this update fixed bugs there was still no arrival of Gingerbread. Since then things about a Gingerbread upgrade have been notoriously quiet until now when Kellex over on Droid-Life brings us some rather disquieting news, sourced from an HTC rep.
Droid-Life shows an email sent by an HTC rep to a customer in relation to the non-appearance so far of the Gingerbread 2.3 update. It’s apparent from the email that the 2.3 update is causing some sort of bug issue and so HTC has pulled it for now. Part of the email reads, “HTC has pulled back this update to keep future customers from receiving the update. We are working on getting this update fixed, when the update is relaunched you will receive a notification on your device.” More worrying still is that the email goes on to say that there is no estimated timeframe for when the issue will be resolved.
So it seems highly unlikely that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Thunderbolt will be delivered in the Q2 slot as most expected. As Thunderbolt owners have now seen many issues with their handsets you could not blame them now for feeling even more aggrieved. Meanwhile if none of this has put you off the HTC Thunderbolt, James Cushing over on The Gadgets tells how the Thunderbolt is now seeing some price reductions and that Wirefly is now selling it for only $60 on a Verizon new user two-year contract.
Cushing states though, and we’d definitely agree on this point, that you may be better off waiting for the release of the much-anticipated Motorola Droid Bionic also coming to Verizon. Why plump now for a handset that still isn’t running Gingerbread when the Droid Bionic, expected for release in the next week or so will be shipped running Gingerbread. Of course we also expect to see the Samsung Galaxy 2 for Verizon (Function) released in August, which is also an Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset.
As far as those of you who already have Thunderbolts are concerned, we shall of course keep our ears and eyes peeled for more news on that Gingerbread update and let you know as soon as we hear more. At the moment though, we can understand how your patience must be being stretched. Are you a Thunderbolt owner waiting for Gingerbread? Let us know with your comments.
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