HTC Thunderbolt Gets Taste of Gingerbread with CM7 Pre-Alpha
Got the latest 4G LTE connectivity on your smartphone but feel a little miffed that even the old Motorola Droid is rocking a Gingerbread-based custom ROM while you’re stuck on Froyo? HTC Thunderbolt owners may soon be able to join in on the CyanogenMod fun, with work on a port already leading to a pre-alpha release.
The emphasis in the Thunderbolt’s case should be heavily on the “pre” and heavily on the “alpha”, as there’s a LOT that’s not yet working in this release. You can forget about niceties like USB tethering, and the co-author notes (but does not enumerate) a whole bunch of potential issues with the data connection, voice calls, and the microphone ceasing to work.
Anyone brave enough to try this release on their Thunderbolt should be careful how much they play around with it, as it’s possible to break 4G LTE support with no way to restore it other than re-flashing. That said, if you would like to see a stable CM7 for the Thunderbolt sooner rather than later, anyone willing to report back on bug details is welcomed and encouraged to do so.
If you’d rather go the legit route (and keep your Sense), HTC has announced plans to release a Gingerbread update sometime before summer.