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HTC Thunderbolt getting Gingerbread in Q2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 28 Mar 2011 0:21 User comments (2)

HTC Thunderbolt getting Gingerbread in Q2 DroidLife has reported this weekend that the HTC Thunderbolt will be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in the Q2.
The Q2 begins April 1st and ends at the conclusion of June.

Thanks to an email sent to a customer, DroidLife says the confirmation is in this message:

Dear John,

Congratulations on obtainng the HTC Thunderbolt. We understand how important it is that your device meets your needs.

John, Bluetooth manufacturers make their devices to be compatible with our phones. We do not make our phones to be compatible with the thousands of Bluetooth devices in the market. Bluetooth manufacturers conduct the testing to see if complete compatability is achievable. It is the software in the Bluetooth devices which dictates whether they work or not. Our software in the phones, ensures that the phone can pair and turn on the Bluetooth. Anything else, goes to the Bluetooth manufacturer for troubleshooting. You would need to speak with the car manufacturer to ensure that full compatibilty is achievable. The Thunderbolt does have a text to speech feature.

We are excited to announce that the Thunderbolt will receive the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update in Q2 2011. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the update availability.

New User Features
UI refinements for simplicity and speed
Faster, more intuitive text input
One-touch word selection and copy/paste
Improved power management
Control over applications
Internet calling
Near-field communications
Downloads management
Enhancements for gaming
Performance
Native input and sensor events
Open API for native audio
Native graphics management
Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management
Native access to assets, storage
Robust native development environment
New forms of communication
Internet telephony
Near Field Communications (NFC
Rich multimedia
Mixable audio effects
Support for new media formats
Access to multiple cameras
New Platform Technologies
Media Framework
New media framework fully replaces OpenCore, maintaining all previous codec/container support for encoding and decoding.
Integrated support for the VP8 open video compression format and the WebM open container format
Adds AAC encoding and AMR wideband encoding
Linux Kernel
Upgraded to 2.6.35
Networking
SIP stack, configurable by device manufacturer
Support for Near Field Communications (NFC), configurable by device manufacturer
Updated BlueZ stack
Dalvik runtime
Dalvik VM:
Concurrent garbage collector (target sub-3ms pauses)
Adds further JIT (code-generation) optimizations
Improved code verification
StrictMode debugging, for identifying performance and memory issues
Core libraries:
Expanded I18N support (full worldwide encodings, more locales)
Faster Formatter and number formatting. For example, float formatting is 2.5x faster.
HTTP responses are gzipped by default. XML and JSON API response sizes may be reduced by 60% or more.
New collections and utilities APIs
Improved network APIs
Improved file read and write controls
Updated JDBC
Updates from upstream projects:
OpenSSL 1.0.0a
BouncyCastle 1.45
ICU 4.4
zlib 1.2.5

We apologize John, for any inconvenience that you may have experienced.

To send a reply to this message or let me know I have successfully answered your question log in to our ContactUs site using your email address and your ticket number XXXXXXXXXXX.

Sincerely,
Carol
HTC


The news should be welcome to Thunderbolt owners as Gingerbread was not given a timetable at launch.

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2 user comments

128.3.2011 11:48
lissenup3
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What crap! Brand new phone that came out when 2.3 was available yet they still chose to go the "Not current" route.

Once again, the wrong people in positions of power making dumb choices.

228.3.2011 20:10

Originally posted by lissenup3:
What crap! Brand new phone that came out when 2.3 was available yet they still chose to go the "Not current" route.

Once again, the wrong people in positions of power making dumb choices.
Remember lissenup, Android is fragmented out of the ass and they probably felt that the Thunderbolt need to use 2.2 instead of 2.3 to work out the kinks of 2.3 and remember that Android phones are NOT created the same, as they have different processors, GUIs, etc. Besides they're talking about Gingerbread being on this phone in a couple of months anyways. Be patient, and it will come.

Chance prepares the favored mind. Look up once in a while and you might learn something. - BLUEBOY

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