HTC Thunderbolt’s software update, NyTimes website bookmarked, free mobile hotspot deactivated.
HTC Thunderbolt, the first Android smartphone of Verizon Wireless with Long Term Evolution technology, is now getting the latest software update that includes a lot of improved features.
According to Engadget via Android fan blog Android Police, the new software update now adds improved data connectivity that is related to connecting to internet using the phone, enhanced call history view for your mobile phone call records, random reboots fix, improved bluetooth technology, and can now modify the phone to view the app tray in tabbed layout.
Other features were also included like “people search function,” and Verizon preloaded the HTC Thunderbolt with more Verizon-centric apps like “My Verizon,” V Cast Music and V Cast Videos, and also modified the native browser of the HTC phone to include NY Times’ website in the browser bookmarks. Verizon’s new update for the HTC Thunderbolt also added the landscape mode for the HTC clock widget.
A set of good, and very useable features right? But on the other hand, Verizon’s new software build for its first Long Term Evolution phone is also disabling the phone’s free mobile hotspot feature, so it means, sharing your insanely fast data connection now requires additional payment.
In related news, Barron is reporting that HTC Thunderbolt is more expensive than Apple iPhone 4 when it comes to the materials used to build the phone. The report revealed that “teardown” of the HTC Thunderbolt disclosed the tag price of $262, compared to $171.35 worth of components of the iPhone 4. The teardown also concludes that Verizon’s best seller phone is the most expensive smartphone in terms of cost of parts.
Speaking of cost, Amazon is currently offering the phone for $99 only, while mobile phone seller Wirefly is challenging Amazon’s price by offering the HTC Thunderbolt for $99.99 too. When the HTC Thunderbolt was launched last March, Verizon Wireless offered the phone for $249.99 with 2 year contract.
Sources: Engadget, Android Police, Barron, Mobile Tech Review
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