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HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon's first LTE smartphone, finally getting Android 4.0 update

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Sure, it took over a year to get here and you can't even buy the device anymore, but Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is finally coming to HTC's Thunderbolt. Verizon Wireless has approved a forthcoming update that will bring ICS to the carrier's first-ever LTE handset, which it stopped selling to customers months ago. Despite it's end-of-life status, Verizon apparently hasn't given up on extending the Thunderbolt's utility for anyone that's managed to hold onto one this long.

After downloading and installing software update 7.02.605.06, users will be greeted with Android 4.0.4 and version 3.6 of HTC's Sense skin. Verizon had first hoped to deliver this update to Thunderbolt owners — who've been saddled with Android 2.3 until now — over the summer, but those plans were delayed. Home screen folders, improved notifications, and Face Unlock are just some of the features finally available to Thunderbolt loyalists, assuming their device's battery can still hold enough of a charge to run the 395MB update.