I just received my HTC vivid from Amazon. The phone is looking great, 4″ display, dual core 1.2Ghz cpu, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera and support for 2G 3G and 4G networks!
Htc Vivid comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, which is pretty nice, but you know what is better? HTC Vivid was one of the first phones of its series to receive the official Android ICS, which comes bundled with the latest version of HTC sense.
One of the first things that I’ve done once I got the phone was to look for how to update it ICS, I read many many pages talking about rooting, bootloader stats, and some very long and complicated update guides. the good news is: you dont really need that! if you just got the phone (not previously used) and have never unlocked its bootloader and messed with its ROM, then updating to ICS can be as easy as this:
1. wake sure you have a working Wifi.
2. go to dialer and dial *#*#682#*#* wait for a few seconds, and a prompt will tell you that an update is being downloaded. wait for it to finish, then click update now when prompted to. the screen can go off during download, dont worry, just make sure you have more than 50 of the battery to continue.
3. Sit back, relax, watch some TV series, the update process will take more than 5 minutes. The screen will go off at times and come back on to the update prompt, dont worry, just focus on the TV series and dont touch nothing.
4. when the phone reboots, you’ll have a fully working ICS.
Now to some questions that I had before I updated my HTC vivid and to which I didn’t find an answer online:
Does HTC vivid ICS support arabic texts? Yes, while 2.3.4 has broken letters, ICS displays arabic perfectly. just get any free arabic keyboard and you’re good to go. The menues language however is latin only.
I have an unlocked sim HTC vivid will it get locked if I update to ICS? No it won’t, if your phone is unlocked out of the box then you’re good to go.