The talented folks over at XDA Devs have managed to code a vanilla flavored Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROM for the HTC Thunderbolt.
As XDA’s PoorCollegeGuy notes, getting AOSP working on a device is typically something of a big deal.
Essentially, AOSP is vanilla Android at it sweetest, a stripped down version of Google’s mobile operating system without the bloat, flavor and skin imposed by a handset manufacturer.
For Thunderbolt owners, data has thus far been a difficult struggle with AOSP ports. Fortunately, XDA senior member [SP]Jester and his team recently released an Ice Cream Sandwich AOSP ROM with data, call signal and MMS all intact – and fully functioning.
Nevertheless, there are still a few kinks that need to be ironed out, including an unresponsive camera, a dead Netflix app and a broken WiFi tether.
Interested? You can check out the HTC Thunderbolt ICS AOSP ROM thread here.
HTC’s 4G LTE Thunderbolt launched back in March of 2011.
The smartphone is powered by a 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and features a 4.3-inch class (480×800) WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen covered by Gorilla Glass, two cameras, 768 MB of RAM and 8 GB of eMMC expandable to 32 GB via a microSDHC card.