Earlier this month, we brought you word that Verizon will finally roll out the long awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, which once again proves the adage that good things come to those who wait. After all, it has been a painfully long wait for owners of the HTC Thunderbolt who remained stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread for what seemed like forever. If you have yet to see your HTC Thunderbolt gain a new lease of life via the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, be patient, as it is pushed out in phases from February 5th onwards.
Basically, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will bring a slew of new features that would make you feel as though you have a brand new phone in your hands. For starters, security is slightly different now with Face Unlock, where facial recognition technology is used to help you unlock your device without the need to type a sequence of numbers or alphanumeric characters.
Not only that, there is also a new Usage Center that lets you monitor data usage in a single place; where users are able to set warning levels, check the amount of data that your app(s) have consumed, or even opt to turn off data completely. The upgrade will also boast of a customizable launch bar which paves the way for a range of apps, shortcuts and folders to be easily dragged in and out of the bar for quick access from the home screen.
We do know that the HTC Sense 3.6 User Interface has also been thrown into the mix when you download this latest software update. Other items included would be Verizon Remote Diagnostics, an overall improvement in device stability that should see far fewer device resets from now on, while bloatware such as Verizon Apps, Blockbuster, Rhapsody, Verizon Video and Mobile IM apps have been given the boot.
You can read more about the HTC Thunderbolt Ice Cream Sandwich update in the support page here. (Warning: PDF link).