Verizon upgrades HTC ThunderBolt to Android Ice Cream Sandwich

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Close to two years after first rolling out the HTC ThunderBolt to subscribers, Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is finally upgrading the device to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. The ThunderBolt--the first 4G LTE smartphone introduced--currently runs Android 2.3, or Gingerbread.

Verizon's Android Ice Cream Sandwich download includes version 3.6 of HTC's Sense graphical user interface, a customizable Launch Bar simplifying access to apps, shortcuts and folders and lock screen notifications. The update also brings facial recognition unlock, a usage center to monitor data consumption, and Recent Apps, which enables users to toggle between applications by tapping on thumbnail images or swipe away apps they're doing using.

The Android Ice Cream Sandwich update additionally removes access to the Verizon Apps storefront, which is closing. The carrier also is deleting the Verizon Video app: The service shut down in mid-December in favor of Viewdini, the mobile video discovery application launched in mid-2012.

As of Jan. 3, Ice Cream Sandwich--publicly released in October 2011--powers 29.1 percent of all Android devices accessing the Google Play marketplace, up from 27.5 percent in December, according to the Android Developers Dashboard.

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