Verizon Updates Legacy HTC Thunderbolt to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Changelog)

February 5, 2013

The HTC Thunderbolt, the first 4G LTE smartphone on Verizon Wireless, was released nearly two years ago, yet, here we are in February of 2013 with a significant upgrade for the device. Starting today, Big Red is updating the Thunderbolt from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 3.6. The overdue OTA update was originally planned for a Fall 2012 release, so it’s good to see Verizon and HTC follow through on a promise that many probably assumed was broken at one point. Users of the legacy handset, if not already running a custom ICS or Jelly Bean ROM, can expect new features like face unlock, improved notifications, data usage center, customizable launch bar and more. Check out the change log below for more details.

Verizon HTC Thunderbolt Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Changelog:

Software Update: 7. 710RD;
Baseband: 8K:2.r 9K:0.r
Software Version: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 3.6.

Easily unlock your phone with face recognition, no typing required. Alternative PIN or Password serves as additional security.

Accessing your notifications is just a swipe away, even when your device is locked. Users can now dismiss individual notifications with a simple swipe of a finger. HTC Sense provides a richer lock screen experience with more lock screen styles, shortcuts to apps and more.

The home screen now includes a customizable Launch Bar. You can easily drag apps, shortcuts and folders in or out of the launch bar for instant access from any home screen.

Multitask with ease using the Recent Apps feature. Easily switch applications by tapping on thumbnails or swipe away applications that you’re done with to close.

Easily create folders by dropping one app on top of another.

Monitor your data usage all in one place. Set warning levels, check individual app usage or turn off data completely.


  • Verizon Remote Diagnostics has been added.
  • Improved device stability will decrease device resets.
  • Verizon Apps, Blockbuster, Rhapsody, Verizon Video and Mobile IM app have been removed.


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