Back in the early parts of the year, it was reported that Sprint was already rigorously testing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. This bit of news gave the impression that the Sprint handset could be the first Android-powered smartphone in US shores to get updated to the latest version of the Google mobile operating system. However, that is not to be the case.
Just last week, users of the HTC Vivid 4G reported that they were able to get their respective handsets to download the ICS update by making use of a dialer trick. This came just a couple of days after Ice Cream Sandwich was rolled out to the HTC Velocity 4G in Australia, a handset that shares the same hardware DNA as that of the ATT smartphone. Despite the success of HTC Vivid 4G users to get their handsets updated to ICS, the wireless provider announced that it hasn’t released the update yet. Until now that is.
A couple of days after the dialer trick incident, ATT finally announced the availability of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Vivid 4G, thereby making it not only the first handset in US shores to get officially updated to ICS, but beat Sprint and its Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch to the ICS punch as well. Aside from the bells and whistles associated with Ice Cream Sandwich, the update also brought several other goodies and treats to the HTC Vivid 4G such as Beats Audio integration, enhancements to the handset’s email app, improvements in its user interface, advanced voice and text input and of course Face Unlock. With the update to Ice Cream Sandwich, the HTC Vivid 4G became even more capable and we have the handset’s specs sheet below to prove our point.
The HTC Vivid 4G is one of the first “true 4g” handsets added to the Android stable of ATT when it was released back in November and is actually a bulky and hefty device to boot. Its dimensions of 128.8 x 67.1 x 11.2 mm and weight of 176.9 grams will soon be forgotten once you get a chance to take a look under its hood. At the heart of its circuitry lies the handset’s QualComm APQ8060 SnapDragon chipset that gives it dual-core capabilities with its Scorpion processor running at 1.2 GHz. The handset also comes with 1GB of RAM making it a multitasking beast while its onboard storage, which is expandable, by the way, is pegged at 16GB. Its display on the other hand is a massive 4.5-inch SuperLCD panel with a 540 x 960 qHD resolution and its camera department features a main 8MP autofocus shooter at the back joined by a 1.3MP webcam out front.
If you happen to have ATT for your wireless provider and want to rock a handset that will enable you to take advantage of the 4G LTE network of the wireless provider, you can get your hands on the HTC Vivid 4G at an online retailer for only a penny with a new two-year contract with the carrier.
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