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AT&T Says Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available, at Least for One of Its Android Phones

AT&T said on Thursday that it is ready to start updating owners of one Android phone model to the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the OS.

The update, which AT&T says is the first to be made available by a U.S. carrier, is for owners of the HTC Vivid phone. In the coming months, AT&T said it will also update 10 other phones and tablets, including the LG Nitro, two versions of the Motorola Atrix, Pantech’s Burst and Element, as well as five Samsung devices.

Google released Ice Cream Sandwich some time ago, but few phones — other than its Nexus series of devices — are actually running the software. ICS adds a number of features to Android, including a revamped look, support for phones and tablets with the same operating system and improvements to voice recognition.

Customers can download the update directly to their phone via Wi-Fi, or pull it down to a PC and then install it on their HTC phone. AT&T said it plans to notify users of the update via text message starting on Friday.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik