Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by starfox221, May 12, 2011.
I don't know that I even got the OTA?!? Did it happen without users even knowing??
We've all manually checked for it when we found out it was available. I'm not aware of anyone getting a pop-up alert about it.
Settings/Software Updated/Check New
Mine seems to be having better battery life, but I don't know how much of that is placebo effect from reading that from others.
No random re-boots here.
So far my battery life seems the same, but I never had much of a problem with battery life to start.
Feel like not a damn thing has changed. We spent like 2 weeks getting worked up and excited over a release that really doesn't add much of anything. 4G still Fs up and battery life is about the same maybe a little worse. And didn't Verizon say the update included better support for "My Verizon"? Well those noobs definitely didn't fix that as it still doesn't work.
I believe the update rounds off pennies and sends it to their account.
I want to start off with the fact that I never had issues with the phone before... other than the obvious battery perils but I optimized my set up to last me through an entire day (turning off 4G being the major factor).
Just now, I got my first random reboot. I'm in NYC so a weak signal isn't the culprit... The reboot didn't happen for about 20 mins after I got out of the subway, listening to music, then made a call, checked emails, yada yada yada. Sitting at my desk, I get a gmail notification and turn the screen on to check it. Instantly the screen goes black... so I push the power button again (thinking I didn't hit it the first time)... then the boot screen.
They better fix this quickly.
+1 GPS locks almost immediately
-1 Phone managed to chew thru the 80% of battery as I slept for 8 hours and was OFF when I woke up.
So, one day into the ota update my gps still lags with finding its location...htc for facebook still gives me a constant "Sync is currently experiencing problems and will be back shortly" message...htc weather widget remains fickle about where it is (likes to still occasionally be in China by the way)...and I'm keeping my fingers crossed about this random reboot thing (so far, so good). Seems like the only thing I'm reading here has unanimously improved is the camcorder sound issue which, of course, is a good thing. Unless I'm mistaken, though, these other notables were supposed to all be addressed with this update, too, right???
Look, I'm not a chronic complainer by nature, and I do like this phone a lot, but come on. I know calls to Verizon or HTC will just meet with a factory reset directive, but the only thing that plan has ever introduced for me is just the inconvenience of having to restore all my original apps and settings. I don't download many apps by the way, but boy that Go SMS Pro for text messaging sure is sweet - works better than anything I've ever had on the phone and they are always aggressively improving and updating. (Whoops...sorry for the plug and pulling this off topic). I also am shy about ordering a replacement phone...could work even worse. Dubious OTA downloads and replacement roulette...it's like living in a gambler's paradise!
Oh well...sorry for the rant. I guess we'll wait it out for a fix for the fix(?). Meanwhile, your experiences may of course differ...especially west of the Mississippi and at higher elevations.
Batteries have been a problem across the industry, ever since larger screens, for many years. Batteries are expensive, and vendors want to keep weight and size down, so putting whimpy batteries in phones is now the norm. How much bigger are the batteries in most phones now as compared to 5 years ago; probably not that much.
You know that China is controlling the Weather Channel like a handpuppet, and screwing with your weather map.
So if I apply the update, and I get the random reboots or other problem, is there a roll back feature? Or is it an all or nothing thing?
Well, I do have to say that the weather is lovely in that part of China today according to my weather widget...sunny and 73.
On another note...on the phone with htc support and they suggested I download the "gps test" app from the market to improve the locking in of location. You don't actually have to open that app - they say by simply having it, it stabilizes the whole gps situation. They also recommend clearing all data from maps and similar gps/location services and then rebooting. Sure enough, my gps does lock in pretty quickly now - so, I'm cautiously hopeful. As far as weather widget woes...they just giggle like idiots over at htc about this and confirm it is an android system wide flaw. The htc guy did say gingerbread is just around the corner for the thunderbolt, though, and very, very close. But, hey, let's not open that can of pastry right now!
I turned on Navigator and it found my location precisely. Yesterday I looked at Maps, and it was way off, but said it could be within 2100 feet?
No problems with reboot. I am in a 3G only area and have had pretty slow internet speeds up to the update. I was always getting on average 600k down and 70k up. Today I noticed I had 4 bars at work which I usually have 0 or 1 and I did a few speed tests and I got 2.3M down and 1M up.
I have yet to check for the update. I am surprised you felt the phone vibrate. I had my wife call me with the device set to vibrate only and couldn't feel a thing, and I was expecting the call and guess what---You guessed it---I missed the call. I'm afraid now to even update my device for I'm sure it is waiting. For Verizon to just sneak the update to the device seems devious. What if everyone didn't have computers, how would they know that an update was even there or even in the works for that matter? It's like saying download @ your own risk. Apps in the Android market let you know of update availabilities and some say Mandatory. So I take it that Verizon would consider this update pretty lame for then not to send notifications to their loyal and eager customers. They released the mighty Thunderbolt (IMO) a little too soon and late @ the same time. Meaning too late we all expected it in Feb. There were videos out demonstrating what it would do and be able to do. Sort of like a Political election. Released to soon for the facts it wasn't ready to perform the tasks and abilities it was built to do. Not enough testing we became the testers and that is why it has not yet fit the bill we all paid. Boasts of all the memory it would allow out the box, Skype intergration baked into the Sense UI, Battery issues delay after delay..LIE after LIE. Instead of the Phenominal HTC Thunderbolt we all got stuck with Verizon's Thunderbolt. I like my device for what it can do but hate the fact that it hasn't fulfilled itz boasted potential and therefore my expectations. It doesn't feel good to be or get suckered. I must say that out of all the 4G or so-called 4G devices out or coming out i don't feel too cheated. They (meaning HTC/Verizon) did not deliver what they advertised.
Mine is working great after the update yesterday! I see very few complaints out of 10s of 1000s of Thonderbolt owners is not bad.
Mine is working fine after the update too.
They do send you a notification. The phone will alert you that there is a new firmware available. You can chose to accept or deny. The manual check is for those of us who want to have this update a little earlier.
Is this your first smart phone? Comparing to other androids out there, I think the thunderbolt delivers. Sure there are LTE issues, but that's to be expected. Battery wise, it's not good, but it's manageable. HTC is notorious for putting crap batteries in their phones. I had the same issue with the incredible. I was disapointed about skype. Who knows if microsoft buyout didn't have anything to with it not being on the TB.
You should not be afraid of the update. There are a lot us (probably more than the ones who are having issues) that are not having any troubles what so ever with the update.
Ugh just got my first reboot after I updated last night. My Phone never self rebooted before...
I just had my phone reboot 15 times in a row just now. At least my replacement phone is at fed ex. I must say I was told it wouldnt be here until monday as it was after 7pm yesterday when they issued the replacement. Kudos to verizon and Fed ex on getting it here so fast.
I tried checking for software updates but it tells me "Service Unavailable". Funny thing is I have service.
Have you tried re clicking it after getting that service unavailable? I know I get it and when I click again it goes through. Might have to redo a few times. If not the other thread someone posted a how to to get it to find it.
Thanks I did that and downloading as I type.
NP One is glad to be of service. Now cross your fingers and hope you dont have the issues that some of us had after the update.
Its back up and running. No problems so far. Time will tell.