Pantech

AT&T this afternoon issued a news release for the HTC Vivid's Ice Cream Sandwich update, and mixed in with the mention that the HTC Vivid is the first U.S. smartphone to get the ICS update (and that AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to push out ICS) is a list of phones on AT&T slated to get the update to Android 4.0. Nothing there really surprises us, but it is good to see that the Pantech Element and the Pantech Burst made the cut. Everything else we've already known about from the device manufacturers. Here's the list:

Really wish we would see the Samsung Infuse and HTC Inspire 4G on there, as there's no hardware reason they couldn't get ICS. We don't make the rules, nor the list, so we have to accept what's given. There's always root. Hit the break for the full press release.

 

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 athttp://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:

  • LG Nitro
  • Motorola ATRIX 2
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G
  • Pantech Burst
  • Pantech Element
  • Samsung Captivate Glide
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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 authenic 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.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

 
There are 20 comments

kurioskurion says:

Quite honestly, I'm shocked AT&T was the first to push it. They've been so bad at updates. Just look at the fact that LG Thrill just got Gingerbread! Not to mention the Infuse is still Gingerbreadless....

But kudos to them! And kudos to HTC! I have downloaded ICS onto my Vivid and it looks great! I can't wait to stick some earbuds in and check out the Beats!

I wonder when ICS is released to the Skyrocket, what will happen to rooted skyrockets (like mine).

Can you tell I'm a root newb?

cyanogen-man says:

If you go thebofficial ota you'll loose all root if your impatient for ics go for it but they wont have a root for your Rom probobaly for 2 months just sayin

aaronwe says:

Strange that the Captivate Glide is on the list but the Captivate isn't. They're basically the same phone except for the hardware keyboard.

And the original Captivate has no problem running ICS... I've been on it for the last month. Even the ROMs built from source perform great.

Adhiboy#AC says:

Captivate Glide is dual core.

NexusKoolaid says:

The Captivate Glide is a $150 phone on contract. The original Captivate is $.01. In other words, the Captivate is at the end of its shelf life.

REMEMBER - AT&T has NO DESIRE to extend the life of your old phone. They make no money that way. They make money by letting your phones pine away into obsolesence so they can lock you into another 2 year deal with a new phone. The phones that made the list will get ICS so they can sell more units. It has nothing to do with what your phone is capable of.

SlimJ87D says:

Waiting for

"Where's my Motorola backflip ICS update ATT!"
"Where's my Dell Aero ICS update ATT!"

comments...

jimijames says:

"Nothing to surprise us"???? Where is the Nexus S?

Samsung is silent, google is silent, the carriers are silent, the press is silent... can anyone blame us Nexus owners for being slightly annoyed now?

(Sprint Nexus S 4G owner)

j510 says:

quit crying already. lamer than an apple fanatic. by the way this is about AT&T not sprint so gtfo

robotaholic says:

"Why doesn't my phone get an update?".."because you're a baby and would just complain that your phone is different"

sphinx23 says:

I would like to see how long it'll take for the ICS updates for these devices,good thing that rooting is always an option to dip into these software updates before AT&T gives the thumbs up to roll an update out

cnlson says:

In retrospect, nevermind.

Adhiboy#AC says:

Good to see the first Atrix made the cut.

Timelessblur says:

Well still most of those I would put in the already late category. All of them should of been done by the end of march. Not this crap were things like the Atrix is 6 months off.

As for the infuse does not being on there that is well full of it and no excuse for it. Just more proof that the Google update alliance is dead and full of it.

mrbanks says:

AT&T does not like the INFUSE. they pushed it with the spider commerical last summer hard, but now since it is not a Galaxy Infuse it gets numbered 2 on. my wife has a Note i told her she good for updates cause she has a galaxy phone. congrats to all who will get ICS

roloracer says:

I see the galaxy note is on the list, I wonder how long it will be for at&t to release it, I wish a leak for the US Note would come out soon.

bigcatman says:

Waaaaait a minute wait a minute wait a minute..the ATRIX 4G is getting ICS..but not the Droid X2? It's like..the same phone save for some more RAM. Surely that can't be right. Surely I didn't buy a POS.

piizzadude says:

I was all about calling BS on you, then I looked before I spoke. Yeah, You got screwed.

ryankgill says:

Oh don't worry... seeing as Motorola pulled a #motofail and decided to screw us Atrix 4G owners over, also! Wasn't that great of them, saying Atrix would get it, only to say "never-mind" less than a week before it was due to release? I'm done with Motorola... even went over to Windows Phone for a while. Really happy with my GS3 now, though.

Great news about the updates. In recent months, I have grown inseparable from my Galaxy Tab. I use it to mock-up design ideas and to present them to clients on its gorgeous display. A lot of people in my graphic design firm use one of these. And kudos to AT&T for their awesome 4G LTE coverage here in San Francisco.