Mar 22 AT 5:06 PM Taylor Wimberly 47 Comments

AT&T is first US wireless carrier to issue Android 4.0 update, 10 more devices to be upgraded


AT&T is the least popular wireless carrier in the US among Android fans, so it was a little bit of a surprise to see them issue an upgrade to Android 4.0 for the HTC Vivid earlier today. AT&T took the opportunity to too their own horn by saying, “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.”

Some of you might point out that the Samsung Nexus S on T-Mobile started to receive Android 4.0 last year, but that update came from Google and it was halted after some issues were discovered. Still, it’s pretty ironic that the AT&T HTC Vivid with Sense UI is being upgraded to Android 4.0 before the vast majority of Nexus S devices. Who saw that coming?

Android 4.0 will also be coming to 10 other devices in the coming months. The list includes:

  • 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

No one likes waiting for software updates, but at least AT&T is being forthcoming with the devices they plan to upgrade. This information is valuable to customers and our own buyer’s guides since it lets us know which devices will continue to receive software support.

If you are on AT&T, did your Android device make the cut?

Source: AT&T

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  • spazby

    it’s amazing how long it takes for the updates. Sprint and others? Keep us informed…

    • jonathan3579

      Who would have ever thought AT&T would be the carrier to announce 4.0 updates? The world is a crazy place these days.

  • aranea

    I’m surprised to see the original atrix in the list. I thought motorola forgot about it.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I think almost all of the Tegra 2 phones are getting Android 4.0.

      • aranea

        I hope so. Still it has already been months since ICS was released. I don’t think it is going to come out anytime soon. Maybe by the end of summer. They keep bringing out new phones. They can’t support all of them even if they try it takes them several months.

    • Rulob

      They only forgot about it outside the US, update is going to take them 6 months after the USA one

  • Shawn Clark

    Well…that still doesn’t change my opinion about AT&T…still knockin heads off.

  • AsakuraZero

    and i heard the atrix was abandoned by motorola and now we have the ICS update that sounds good, now we need the sources of that phone

  • Gulpo

    As a Samsung Skyrocket owner… HELL FUCKING YEAH! was my initial reaction. Then realized they just said “in the coming months” and my enthusiasm went crashing back down to reality. I was hoping for a better time frame by now :\

    • Voliam

      Perhaps the update would allow you to download a dictionary to find better adjectives for your posts.

      • HackNet

        LMAO ROFL!!!!!!

  • BigCiX

    Wow…my LG Thrill has been left out.

    • Ichigo

      Your LG thrill just received gingerbread a couple days ago. Good luck.

  • iSometimes

    There really should be an update for the LG Thrill 4G. In fact, it hasn’t even received the Gingerbread update. It definitely has the specifications to get the upgrade. Pretty sad.
    And I like how half of the list is simply Samsung. TouchWiz has got to go.

    • BigCiX

      It was update to 2.3.5 yesterday via LG website (LG update tool).

  • Tojen

    My ATRIX will get it, but it doesn’t sound like before the summer is over though. Funny how motorola’s web site says the ATRIX would get it before phones like the razr and bionic.

  • BlkSquad

    I don’t really care when AT&T decides to update devices, I’m ready for an ICS leak for my Galaxy Note.

  • illrigger

    Inspire 4G here, and for some reason AT&T isn’t pushing 4.0 to it – even though the nearly identical Desire HD is on the list. :(

    No biggie, though, I will be grabbing a One X on launch day, so I don’t be missing it for long.

    • BigCiX

      I plan on grabbing the One X also. Hopeful it’s not $299

    • Kevin

      Me too. The wait is killing me.

  • Nathan D.

    I think it will take more then this to make people like at&t again but it is a start have to give them that.

  • Lane Chapman

    Its about time that at&t did something to please their customers. Just kidding, but this news it great for all my fellow at&t subscribers.

  • frankwhite44

    I guess the NS4G will be my last Nexus device. So much for first software updates. With ICS I can take all the bloatware off regular phones. No need for Nexus anymore. Thanks Google:-(

  • Eduardo

    Fuck android love iOS :D

    • Voliam

      Can’t find a woman for that eh?

    • jonathan3579

      Everyone knows that iOS is for people who have little hands… We all know these iSheep are compensating for more than their little screens and little hands.

  • sylar

    Yea but how much older will I be before my GSII get ICS two or three years?

    • Mark

      My GS2 is already running ICS :-) But I reverted, the screen-on/deep-sleep bug is annoying, but in 1-3 weeks I suspect ICS will be running perfectly on this phone. Remember, the hacking community is 5x faster than manufacturers/carriers.

  • Zach

    So much for Nexus and its fastest updates.

    • BigCiX

      Google definitely drop the ball with their flagship.

  • Mike Hansberger

    This is a real opportunity for AT&T. If they lead they way with ICS updates, then they’ll gain a lot of credibility with Android users, but if they make this promise and don’t follow through; they’ll continue to lose a lot of Android users to other carriers. Balls in your court AT&T.

  • thel0nerang3r

    Weird, the ATT Nexus S is not on the list.

  • Paul Atreides

    My blood boils a little everytime I hear about updates. This has to be the shittiest part of Android. There has to be a better way of doing this, and it needs to be implemented immediately.

  • Carol

    Why issue updates to existing phones? We have already grabbed those customers.

    Instead, we want to force them to buy NEW phones… and sign NEW 2-year contracts.

    Every “update” is just another lost sale.

    • RealDealNeil

      Keeping customers happy with updates increases the likelihood they’ll renew their contracts. Plus if the new version provides more stability and reduces fragmentation issues which can lead to less support problems.

  • eggwolio

    I’m extraordinarily surprised(and happy) to see the Captivate Glide in this list. I feel like AT&T has basically ignored its existence since it came out.

  • autonomousgerm

    LOL suck it Nexus S owners! Pure Google flagship phone that is supposed to get updates before everyone else, my ass. That’s what you get for going with a Google product.

  • Tankfantry

    Sweet my Atrix 2 will be getting the 4.0 treatment. I wonder what AT&T considers “a few months?”

  • stormbringer56

    i tried it and it didnt work called at&t was told i will have to wait till i get sms and then i can update wtf????


    updated my Vivid yesterday! nice work HTC!

  • msh

    The Vivid update, if thats what you’re referring to, has issues out based on users at XDA forums.

    AT&T didn’t rush release the fix but it seems they can’t ever win any update to push out fixes some issues but in some cases more problems pop up.


      I haven’t had a single issue with the ICS OTA.

  • TommyBoy

    thats cool. lets just ignore our flagship phone. damnit.

  • jeff

    AT&T just announced that they will unlock the iPhone which means that their contract has drastically changed with Apple, it started with other carriers being able to get the iPhone and now AT&T has to pay attention to android users to make up for the loss in iPhone users switching carriers. Android users want updates so I think AT&T is now pushing the manufacturers by telling them “you want to put out new phones you need to support some of the older phones with updates…” because if i can’t upgrade a device i just bought 6 months ago or less, i will switch carriers to get a free phone that already has the update…..

  • Techphe

    Great. Update the Atrix. It is already significantly slower than the say I signed a contract. I could not refuse the last update and cannot undo it so I’m already stuck using something inferior to what I purchased.

    Put ICS on it and I expect it to become completely unusable. Clicking no to the update every hour is annoying but seeing as wifi drops every five minutes since the last update I suppose I can just leave it off to block the update.

    I want ‘ no updates ‘ or ‘ reversible updates ‘ as part of my next contract!

  • Wilson M da Penha Jr

    What a pit, I just saw from Motorola roullout list for Android 4.x and what was planned for ATRIX 4G to be on 3rd Q of 2012, becomes to no upgrade for this year, so sad that they make us believe they would upgrade ATRIX 4G this month and then they just dump off all user expectation for it.

    I hate Motorola for that, bcz I did buy this device bcz of this broken promise


  • BabEverett

    Is there any way to know which phone company provides the most timely and consistent updates? AT&T seems to do a lot of updates, which keeps them relevant while building its 4G LTE network. I’ve got the service here in New York for my tablet and it helps my graphics design work tremendously when it comes to sending large files quickly.