If you were one of the very lucky people to get the HTC ThunderBolt when it was the first LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless, you can start rejoicing and do a dance like Snoopy over the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update that has started rolling out today.
The update was announced last week and in typical Verizon Wireless fashion it is slowly starting to be pushed to HTC ThunderBolt owners.
Today, Verizon spokesman Albert Aydin announced via the Verizon newscenter blog that the update has started being pushed out today, February 5. The update starts at a slow pace and then get pushed out in greater numbers over time
The update includes an upgrade to the Android Operating System 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and HTC Sense 3.6. Android Ice Cream Sandwich brought an entirely new look and feel to Android.
It will take approximately 10 to 15 min. to download the software. It is always a good idea to backup your data before updating your phone and be sure that your battery is at least 50% charged. You cannot make or receive phone calls during an update.
Depending upon network conditions sometimes it is faster to download the software update over Wi-Fi. if you are roaming you will not receive an update notice.
The HTC ThunderBolt due to LTE testing was announced in January at CES in 2011, with an expected launch in February and not launched until March 17, 2011. The first update to Android 2.3 was suspended in September 2011. In September 2012, HTC reported that they were aware that they missed their deadline they promised in May.
Here's the changelog and direction on how to update your HTC ThunderBolt