HTC’s Thunderbolt launched as Verizon’s first LTE smartphone nearly two years ago. That makes it practically ancient by smartphone standards, and its single-core 1GHz SoC, tiny 1400mAh battery, and low-res WVGA screen sound like the kind of phone you couldn’t even give away in today’s market. Still, it manages to lumber on, while its users eagerly await the arrival of the phone’s long-promised Ice Cream Sandwich update. We last updated you on progress towards that end in August, when it seemed clear that Verizon was going to miss its deadline to have the update out by the end of the month. At the time, HTC insisted that work on the release continued, and it would update users when it had more info. We wouldn’t blame you for losing faith in the five months that have passed since that news, but despite the lengthy delay, ICS looks nearly ready to arrive, with Verizon posting that the update is now “coming soon.”
We know, you might be hesitant to take Verizon’s word at this point, but the carrier’s put together a full set of documents describing the forthcoming update, making it appear that it really will be getting here in just a matter of days.
The update will deliver Android 4.0.4, accompanied by Sense 3.6.
Go ahead, Thunderbolt owners; pinch yourself.