HTC Vivid Ice Cream Sandwich update officially released on AT&T

March 22, 2012
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Last week we got a sneak preview at Ice cream Sandwich running on the HTC Vivid, but now it looks like everyone can join in on the fun. HTC tweeted that the update would be going out over AT&T's servers starting today, so if you're still rocking the stock software, head to your Settings>AT&T Software Update menu to search for a manual update. The tweet linked to an official AT&T service page, so presumably the update is being sent out immediately.

We did a thorough hands-on of the Vivid's new software last week, and came away impressed. Sense 3.6 isn't drastically different from its previous version, but there are enough changes to make the upgrade more than worth it. All the standard Ice Cream Sandwich features are present, if somewhat hidden: face unlock, automatic homescreen folders, and (yes!) the ability to disable system apps. HTC's added Beats audio to the update, though you'll need to plug in some headphones to take advantage of it. The update seems to significantly improve the Vivid's benchmark scores, though I haven't noticed any serious changes in performance. Check out the hands-on here.

Our previously updated review unit isn't getting any notifications, so this is almost certainly the same version that was leaked earlier. If you've already updated via the leak or less official means, congratulations. If you're planning on applying the update immediately, you'll want to get to a WiFi network, especially if you're on a limited data plan. The software is over 300 megabytes thanks to HTC and AT&T's additions. Never fear, root users: there should be a root method for the update soon, if there isn't one already.


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  • Phone_Junkie

    I’ll say it again…damn, before my Skyrocket!?!?!?!

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Michael Crider

      Root, my son. Root and never look back. 

      • Phone_Junkie

        My Skyrocket is rooted and running a custom ROM.  Show me a working ICS ROM for it and I’ll be all over it.  

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Michael Crider

        Fair enough - I can’t find one. I guess the ratio of Skyrocket users to regular GSII users just isn’t great enough for the devs to take notice. Sorry for jumping to conclusions. 

        It’s coming soon, though – well, maybe soon. But it’s coming. 
        http://androidcommunity.com/att-shows-the-next-10-devices-to-get-android-4-0-20120322/

      • Phone_Junkie

        LTE is king on the Skyrocket.  I can tether and that’s all that matters right now.  I can’t wait for ICS though.  I’ve used it on my Nexus phones.

  • Damiasylver04

    attempted update…sez none found and cannot check again for 24 hours…poo! ive been waiting for this!

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        @e89d1824e0dfe95b9fe6e357732ea90f:disqus Go into settings and change the time/clock and check again ;)

  • http://twitter.com/pantzonfire 潘文華

    Its timing out trying to connect to the server! Is everyone trying to update at once?

  • Alexei Almada

    Got my update! Its Awesome!

  • Tyler Barron

    before nexus s, bullshit

  • guest

    It seems pretty good so far. Is anyone else having an issue with text messages and when you turn your phone off, or restart it.. it says upgrading every time? My phone keeps saying upgrading every time I restart it. I hope this issue doesn’t stay.

    • Wyrelessmike

       I have the same issue.

    • Wyrelessmike

       I have the same issue.

    • Rp-isela13

      I’m having trouble with my text messages as well.

  • Csortot

    Update from HTC they allow to download the update you have to re lock boot loader to apply the update is fine on my way to root it

  • Eanmyers

    keeps saying software is up to date…. Help!

  • Majestak

    I just got a vivid today, what is ice cream sandwich?  I’m so lost

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.hunneyman Scott Hunneyman

    can i root my htc vivid after downloading ice cream sandwich ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.hunneyman Scott Hunneyman

    and how do i do it???? please help

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.hunneyman Scott Hunneyman

    and how do i do it ? please help !!

  • Dave Matthews

    Where do I update my Htc Vivid?

  • Dave Matthews

    Where do I update my Htc Vivid?