If you are getting weary of waiting for that Android 4.0 ICS update on your HTC Vivid phone from AT&T, you can force the ICS update manually by typing *#*#682#*#* in your phone dialer. But you’d better get a move on, since AT&T didn’t officially acknowledge the update to the newest version of Android for the phone, and the carrier may prematurely put an end to your Android dessert binge.
Once you type in the code, a notification should appear on your HTC Vivid phone, and you will be prompted to download the 314.09MB update that leads you to the ICS door. Similar to the ICS update on the HTC Sensation and HTC Velocity a couple of days back, the Sense UI will receive a facelift as well to version 3.6.
Those who have applied the ICS update on their HTC Vivid reported an improved performance of their phones. Everything you expect to see from ICS is there, including the Roboto font, made specifically for the new OS, and the Face Unlock functionality. Apparently, you can now remove AT&T’s bloatware from the home screen, though uninstalling still isn’t an option. Check out the hands-on video that The Verge has uploaded here.
Note that the trick may not work with an unlocked model of the phone, since this particular dialer code is specifically used for AT&T network. With this unofficial official ICS update for the HTC Vivid, the waiting list is shrinking ever slowly – but surely. All that’s left is but a dozen or so HTC phones. Oh.
To HTC Vivid owners out there — do share with us if the code still works on your phone. Those that have done the deed, are you digging the Roboto look on your phone?