Mar 28 AT 8:55 AM Nick Gray 22 Comments

Android 4.0 update delivers performance boost to AT&T’s HTC Vivid


Android 4.0 is breathing new life into HTC phones across the globe with improvements to the OS and updated version of HTC Sense. We all love the new features packed into Ice Cream Sandwich, but if you own an HTC phone that is scheduled for an Android 4.0 update you might be more thankful for the phone’s performance improvements. A few weeks ago, we reported that the HTC Velocity’s benchmark numbers spiked after receiving the Android 4.0 update. Now we’ve received confirmation that it was not an isolated case.

The Android 4.0 update for the HTC Vivid was pushed out last week by AT&T and delivers significant performance improvements as well. VentureBeat ran the HTC Vivid through a half dozen different benchmarks and found performance improvements across the board. The biggest jump was in the HTC Vivid’s Sunspider 9.1 (Javascript benchmark that processes the coding language as fast as devices can manage). It showed a 66 percent speed increase over Android 2.3.

Since the HTC Vivid is skinned with Sense 3.6, which customizes many of the features and applications, it’s hard to say if the new skin or the updated version of Android should be credited for the increase in handset performance. Either way, we’re hoping that all Android 4.0 updates for all manufacturers show similar improvements.

Source: VentureBeat

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Joel

    Awesome news! cant wait to see this on my Epic 4G Touch.

    • Matthew Reynolds

      You won’t see the graphics improvement being that the 4.0 update for the vivid included new adreno drivers. The evo 3d got the new drivers in January and scores those nenamark2 scores.

      • Joel

        I see, that makes sense – In either case im really looking forward to at least a bump in battery performance. I already love the SG2 battery, but an hour more or so wouldnt hurt :P

      • redraider133

        They could see it since it is a samsung phone and may not have gotten the new drivers since it is a different processor.

        • Matthew Reynolds

          Htc messed up the drivers for 220 and caused all the phones using adreno 220 to suck. Samsung phones already rock at thier full potential so i doubt they will see any gaming difference. Its not an ics driver. Its a driver to fix a crappy driver htc released with thier phones

          • Fulaman

            Well said Matthew, that’s very true. With Samsung, the Galaxy S II phones already were rocking at their full potential. People won’t see much more of a difference with the Android 4.0 upgrade on the Galaxy S II.

    • ZzX44

      Me too buddy, me too =d

      Sprint sure is taking their time lol

  • spazby

    very impressive

  • tmihai20

    It’s only natural that there are improvements. I only want to test them on my phone :) There is not much else to say.

  • fletchtb

    Congrats to all the HTC Vivid owners on AT&T!

  • bellken

    very impressive, there is a good reason, we are all looking forward to getting ICS

  • Marcus

    That’s pretty awesome. My friends both have HTC Vivids. I’ve been trying to convince them to download ICS but they’re not as tech savy. So its really hard to convince them. Haha.

  • thekaz

    Welcome to the ICS family!

  • Richard Yarrell

    I applaud at&t and Vivid owners they deserve this happines. Htc has always taken care of the update business.

    • squiddy20

      “I applaud HTC”, “I applaud Sprint”, “I applaud Vivid owners”, “I applaud Samsung” Is that really all you can come up with? What do you do, copy and paste “I applaud” everywhere and fill in the last bit with whatever you’re commenting on? Seriously, you are the epitome of the phrase “broken record”, especially when all of your “Galaxy Nexus is BOSS (or) pimp/bitch slapping (or) on top” crap, is taken into account. You always insult me about being a “useless nobody” and yet you’re on here more than me spewing your ridiculous comments. Get a f*cking life.

      • curtisas

        Take a chill pill dude.

  • seabass978

    Nice, why is that t-mobile is so slow with updates.

  • Slith

    Great news!

  • pekosROB

    Wow, that’s pretty impressive!!!

    Now it makes me even more irritated that the Droid3 won’t get an official update. grrr

  • Scott Swain

    Does anyone know when the HTC Amaze (T-Mobile) is scheduled to get it? I’m happily rooted with a custom ROM but would consider going back to stock to check out 4.0.

  • rocky

    Does anyone know when this upgrade will be available for the HTC Rhyme?

  • Historyinajewel

    Where do I go to download the new drivers for a vivid on atts network? Thanks for the help.