Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Thunderbolt

htc-thunderbolt-officialFor those of you that aren’t paying attention to ancient history, news broke today that Verizon has finally given the go to ICS for the HTC Thunderbolt.

All I’ve got to say about that right now is this: It takes a whole lotta gall to start your press release out with the line “When you rely on Verizon Wireless, you know you are getting the cutting-edge devices and technology needed to┬ákeep your business running at full speed” when you’re announcing the upgrade of a phone that shipped in March of 2011 to an OS that came out in October of 2011, and it’s currently 2013. I don’t know if HTC is to blame for this debacle, or if it’s Verizon’s fault, or if it’s somewhere in the middle, but claiming that Verizon is giving you “cutting-edge devices and technology” is almost a slap in the face.

2 Comments

  1. fivefootsteps

    I’d have to say, if more manufacturers ran a vanilla (or at least close to it) Android on their phones there wouldn’t be such an issue getting the updates out quicker. HTC is a good example IMO with their sense UI. It just ends up hurting the end user (in more ways than one, but mostly in security) since they’re not willing to craft the updates for older phones. I know it doesn’t seem likely that’ll ever happen though.

    Edit: and I know this is a question of the manufacturer’s/provider’s laziness (afaik it’s a problem with every manufacturer and provider) but if they’re unwilling to maintain the phones they’ve already sold, leaving their customers in the dark, they should take some work off of themselves and switch to vanilla Android. Or maybe it’s a ploy to get consumers to keep buying the new phones, who knows, I sure as hell don’t know for sure.

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