Toshiba Thrive and Thrive 7 won't be getting ICS until the fall

Toshiba may have been aiming for a spring release of ICS for the original Thrive line of tablets, but apparently they missed the bullseye and have set things back until the fall. Users across the Internet are understandably upset, and rumblings speculate that they Thrive and Thrive 7 may never get ICS, but that's not what Toshiba said.

We are working hard to bring Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich to our Thrive tablets. While we originally estimated it would be ready this spring, we now estimate the update will be delivered to all Thrive 10” and 7” tablets by early fall. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

They don't give any reason for the delay, and we're not about to second guess them -- we're just here to deliver the news, good or bad. 

Source: Toshiba; via Phandroid

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Oddly enough I can live with it. We use it for movies and some web surfing. The heavy lifting is done by my rooted Droid Incredible 2 which runs several ICS roms...
  • My Acer Iconia A500 got it months ago, whats the deal with this ?
  • "and we're not about to second guess them" It's amazing how AC doesn't have an opinion only when there is bad news. Wonderful journalism guys, keep up the great work. I guess it is too much work to try and contact Toshiba for a statement to find out what is actually happening as to provide some form of real news to your Android readers instead of regurgitating Toshiba's press release and saying, "oh well". One has to wonder if news sites such as AC bothered to practice real journalism and investigate and probe these companies as to what is the real hold up. Maybe we would have a little more transparency since these companies would be feeling a little more pressured into actually providing some form of customer support for updates. I guess it is just easier to write nonsense articles that have no opinion and only re publish what has already been written by the conglomerate spin team. I am sure Toshiba is more than happy to pay a "little extra" to advertise on this site for such lenient press about their screw ups.
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  • I can't hear you over the roar of the engines on my yacht. I bought it with all those Toshiba kick-backs I get for not caring about their ICS update.  For the record, my opinion? You bought it with Android 3.0. You already got one free update. Nothing stopped working. You may not ever get an update. You should have thought longer and harder before you bought a device that doesn't have updates supplied by Google if that's what is important to you. Xoom's are ugly, have a bad screen, and heavy as hell, but they have a current stock image available at the Android developers site.
  • No truer words ever spoken by a so called Android journalist. May I ask why you write for this site for how little you proclaim to care about things that actually concern your reader base and community. You might not notice it, but your attitude speaks volumes about why this site never seems to stick up for it's community. This site could have the potential to change things for the better by pressuring the manufacturers, Google and the carriers. But of course you must be too busy writing articles like the one above that are all of two paragraphs and what is essentially a press release. Which I would like to add, make up the majority of this sites articles. Glorified press releases. I would also like to mention that your attitude seems to be that one should be happy with the operating system that comes with the device and not plan on the manufacturers delivering on their promise of ICS upgrades. If this is your attitude why is it then that all of Sprint's LTE devices received glowing reviews from this site when they clearly are not LTE phones as of yet considering the network is not launched. AC seems to think we should purchase Sprint's LTE devices on the promise of upcoming features but then tells us we should not purchase devices on the promise of upgrades. So which one is it Jerry? Should we purchase devices because of future promises or not? If we shouldn't, then you should probably go back and update those reviews of Sprint's LTE devices, as consistency is key when trying to appear credible to your community. This of course brings me back full circle as to why there are never any really negative opinions in any of AC's articles. Unless of course there is some kind of motive to have sub par products with the promise of future features publicly appear better than they clearly are in this sites reviews and articles. And let us not forget that AC recommended this very tablet as I quote "Toshiba's also been pretty proactive about system updates". - So again I must ask, why is it this site always recommends devices on future promises, but then later turns around and tells us we should be happy with the OS that came installed and should have never counted on the manufacturer to fulfill it's promises? Your site was one of the ones recommending this purchase on the fact that Toshiba is good with updates. Just as it is recommending the purchase of LTE phones that have no LTE network to run on. Your site is perpetuating the manufacturers lies, and you have the nerve to tell us we should have never believed them? Do you really think your readership has such a short memory that it is going to forget these recommendations once these promises of features and updates go unfulfilled?
  • Opinion: Toshiba should care more about their customers wants. News: ICS is going to be late for the Thrive, Toshiba won't say why. Not sure why that concept escapes you. I await your long-winded response full of personal insult.
  • There is no point when you avoid answering every single question. It is quite clear your site is happy to lie to it's readers to sell more devices and accessories. The insult is when you then turn around and claim it is our fault for believing AC's reviews.
  • But you want me to second-guess Josh. I won't do that. All I can say is that I know Josh, and he wouldn't tell you something he doesn't believe. Things change, and possibly this may change his opinion of his Thrive, but that's not for me to say. You asked for, and received, my opinion of the Thrive. I'm sorry you don't care for it. Read a few more of my articles. You'll see plenty with opinion -- that's because I have one and want to share it. We're people here, not some collective borg-mind-thing.  What I do know is that Toshiba announced some bad news, I passed it along with no commentary of my own because I have no opinion on the matter. I've never used a Thrive, but I'm fully qualified to pass along Toshiba's news. 
  • "We are working hard to bring Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich to our Thrive tablets"............... RIGHT! Be mad at Toshiba, not Jerry. Just Sayin.
  • ICS is running on other Tegra 2 devices, and I imagine they went with reasonably popular components otherwise. So why are they so slow? Isn't Toshiba shipping very close to stock Android on these things?
  • I'm kind of disappointed by this, but I don't know why. I probably won't be able to tell the difference!
  • It does not matter anyways. ICS IS NOW avail for download through system update. If people want to gripe about this tablet or argue about an ICS Update... Then let it stand as that you have no life outside a computer monitor.