News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday January 31, 2013.
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Whether you call it a long overdue delivery or a delayed miracle, the saga has finally come to a close: Verizon Wireless has finally delivered the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the HTC Thunderbolt.
After debuting with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as the first 4G LTE device in the United States, the HTC Thunderbolt languished with its outdated software for several months after Google debuted Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone went so long without an update that Google actually had time to release two more versions of Android - 4.1 and 4.2 - before HTC and Verizon finally delivered an ICS update.
Software upgrade information has been uploaded to Verizon's website and device owners should start to see prompts to update their devices over the next few days. Users can attempt to trigger the Android 4.0 / HTC Sense 3.6 update by going to Settings > Software update > Status or check new.
In addition to addressing some of the many bugs that have plagued the Thunderbolt since it was released in 2011, and removing several outdated or pre-loaded applications, the update will add:
- A new launch bar that can be customized
- Notifications on the lock screen and the ability to dismiss individual notifications.
- Face Unlock to unlock the phone by showing their face to the front camera.
- New tools to monitor monthly data usage
- Browse through recent apps and swipe away to remove app from multitasking window
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.