AT&T is the first US carrier to bring the latest version of Android to one of its smartphones via an update. An update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is now available for the HTC Vivid smartphone. In addition to all of the new features you'll get with Ice Cream Sandwich, the update also comes with Beats by Dr. Dre Audio and an updated version of the HTC Sense experience. AT&T also announced plans to bring Android 4.0 to ten additional devices in the coming months. The update for the HTC Vivid is currently available to download via Wi-Fi.
Android 4.0 Now Available to HTC Vivid™ Customers
AT&T the First U.S. Carrier to Issue Latest Android Version via Upgrade Update Includes Beats By Dr. Dre Audio™ and Updated HTC Sense™ Experience Android Upgrades for Several AT&T Devices to Follow
Dallas, Texas, March 22, 2012 – AT&T* today announced the availability of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for HTC Vivid™ customers. After installing the software update, customers can now enjoy the optimized audio experience of Beats by Dr. Dre Audio™ and new and improved HTC Sense™ experience. Information about these features and more can be found at http://www.att.com/vividupdate. HTC Vivid™ will be the first U.S. smartphone to receive Ice Cream Sandwich as an update and the first to be issued by a wireless carrier. It will be followed by several other AT&T devices in the coming months:
Focused on bringing the power of Android to the surface, Android 4.0 makes common actions more visible and lets you navigate with simple, intuitive gestures. Refined animations and feedback throughout the system make interactions engaging and interesting. An entirely new typeface optimized for high-resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished, modern feel to the user interface.
New User Features for HTC Vivid
Beats By Dr. Dre Audio™ - Enhance your music and video experience with Beats By Dr. Dre Audio. Whenever a media file is played using the media players or most third party applications, customers will experience richer, more authentic sound. AT&T recently debuted the Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ Beatbox Portable high performance wireless audio system. The superior portable system and Beats accessories are available at AT&T company-owned stores or online.
Face Unlock - Android 4.0 introduces a completely new approach to securing a device, making each person's device even more personal — Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device using facial recognition. It takes advantage of the device’s front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your device in front of your face to unlock, or use a backup PIN or pattern.
How to Upgrade
Beginning today, customers can download the update via Wi-Fi by visiting http://www.att.com/vividupdate. If Wi-Fi is not available, you can download the software upgrade to a PC and install it via sideload. On March 23, HTC Vivid customers who have not downloaded the upgrade will begin receiving an SMS notification of upgrade availability.
good to see that the update is rolling out. At least they are moving it out there.
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