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Motorola XOOM Will Probably Receive Ice Cream Sandwich First, Because It’s A Developer Device

File this one under the “obvious” tab. Reports are out that Motorola’s XOOM will be the first tablet to receive Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s next update to their Android operating system. There is no definitive ETA on this update, since ICS itself will not be announced until tomorrow, but this seems to be a pretty safe bet.

You could attribute this to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, or you could remember that Android 3.0 Honeycomb was developed on the XOOM as their flagship tablet. It only seems logical that Google would use the XOOM for their next operating system that involved any kind of tablet, which ICS is supposed to do. Some XOOM users are just getting theirs back, newly upgraded with 4G LTE on board, how nice would it be if you could upgrade to ICS pretty soon?

Via: Fudzilla

  • unonice

    One of the key reasons I purchased a Motorola Xoom .. it gets all the new Android Software updates FIRST ..EVERYTIME .. i’ve been running 3.2.1 for a while , and I know Ice Cream 4.0 is coming for the holidays 2011 ..YESSS SIRRR .. if you don’t believe me, just watch ..

  • Anon

    Xoom already has the ics build ready to go. Don’t know about transformer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

    … and the Transformer will get it a week or two after the Xoom. Wooo!

  • http://twitter.com/willyBbridge a.d.AM

    Im going to blow you all away with my speculation.  The first tab to have ICS will be Asus Transformer 2.  It will be the first ICS Tab with quad core Kal El power.  Booyakasha.

  • Anonymous

    It’ll be the first to get the OS provided by google engineers maybe but I’ll bet we see it on the ASUS Transformer first.

  • http://twitter.com/chlrbwls Kyu Choi (최규진)

    Then What about GOOGLE IO Edition Galaxy Tabs… is that not a pure google experience tab..?

  • Anonymous

    STFU ALREADY XOOM IS FIRST TRANSFORMER IS RIGHT BEHIND AND BOTH ARE FREAKIN GETING ICS 

  • Baloogs

    You can swipe to delete notifications now!

  • Anonymous

    tiny.cc/qcfnd

  • Anonymous

    Moto is getting the updates pretty fast to their lineup :)

  • Anonymous

    It’s not going to be *that* different than Honeycomb… But my Xoom and I are excited nonetheless.

    • Booboolala2000

      Except the app market will grow more rapidly.

  • Sneakyj420

    I got a question for one who got the xoom 3g and when for the upgrade for 4g do they upgrade it to 3.2 when you get it and do you have to buy an sd card for it or you get one when you send it in

    • Scott Salazar

      I got it back with 3.2.2. And you have to buy an SD card if you want removable memory. Only thing you get is a charger dock.

  • Anonymous

    If true, only by days. ICS will be launched on all devices within weeks. This explains the big announcement.as well as the silence from many of the devices no even on Gingerbread yet. Fragmentation will become a thing of the past. Out of respect for jobs, they skipped the announcement because this is the true bomb to drop on Apple.

  • Naruto123 Sg

    Whhhhhy do it matter what tablet gets it first the android community should simply be happy that we are getting to experience this. I’m exciting that there will be “one os everywhere “.

  • Anonymous

    Got my XOOM and loving the 4G LTE Upgrade…… :)

    Still the most solid Honeycomb Tablet out there IMO and I’ve played with them all…..

    • Anonymous

      I could not agree more. Even though, i do not own a Xoom my friend does and it is so nice with the lte update.

  • jbonics

    So a heavy device, crappy screen, weak support. No that’s not a Google experience i would like to experience. Asus TF rains supreme I would be pissed too if I had the xoom. So I understand

    • Matt

      Don’t make me laugh (too late)! The Toshiba Thrive “reigns” supreme! Where ya been?

    • Tony Allen

      The Xoom isn’t that heavy you limp-wristed twat. The screen is actually pretty gorgeous, and weak support? I don’t even know where you’re coming from on that one, if anything, greater support than any other tablet out there. Since its a developer device with the intention of being conformed to and taken care of by Google engineer’s and the dev community. Please remove your head from your ass next time.

  • engineerGA

    What about the Xoom Family Edition (which has a plastic back and is like half price)?  If I buy one of those, will I still probably get ICS first?  I was seriously considering one even before this news.

  • Joe

    And yet the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was the tablet of choice to be handed out to developers at Google I/O, so to me while the XOOM was the first device, the 10.1 seems to be more the one that Google has adopted as its featured tab for Honeycomb.  Otherwise, they obviously would have handed out XOOMS to the masses as the conference.

    • Tony Allen

      The Galaxy Tab was handed out because it was being released very soon after Google I/O last year, the Xoom is still the dev tablet for Honeycomb. If anything they’ll receive it at the same time. Only time will tell but you can be guaranteed that The Tab 10.1, Xoom, Transformer, and likely all the tablets of that nature will be getting ICS in the coming weeks.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, a real benefit to being a Xoom owner.  Hopefully Google eventually puts the real Chrome browser on ICS devices – the stock HC browser is just too limiting.

  • Anonymous

    Xoom will be the first tablet to get ICS just like they were the first tablet to get LTE.

  • Anonymous

    has any one else been getting bug reports on their xoom since getting it back? it seems like every couple hours what ever i am doing the screen will go black and it says bug report and a few other things but it lists the device name as stingray. any one else getting this?

  • Frenchy

    you guys think it would be a good idea to return my xoom back to unrooted/stock for the ICS update? 

    • Anonymous

      When the time comes….yes. But it may be a few days before they release it at the earliest.

  • Brian Lippman

    i would expect the Transformer to get ICS fairly quickly after its released to companies. Asus always seems to be on top of that stuff

  • Anonymous

    2011. The year of the xoom.

  • Billy Jenkins

    Why doesnt Google just update their phones like Apple does? Why don’t they just have a link on gmail.com that when you connect your phone to your computer and  click the link u can update your phone to the newest version? but since there are different carriers and different types of phones like HTC and Motorola there should be a dropdown box where you select what type of phone you have. I hate Apple and Iphones but the way they update their iphone is the only thing I like about the phone. 

    • Anonymous

      Or we could try the less barbaric method where Google pushes the update over the air to each device. They get a pop up letting them know when an update is available.

      Oh wait… They already do that

      • Billy Jenkins

        Or how about they do it your way where Google pushes the update over the air to each update so then maybe Thunderbolt will receive Gingerbread before they go through the entire alphabet. Because phones are already being released with Ice Cream Sandwich and the Thunderbolt still hasn’t received Gingerbread. Dont think I’m an Apple fan because I hate every single device Apple ever released but their logic with updates before Ios5 is the only thing that seemed like a good idea

        • Billy Jenkins

          And I mean how about they dont do it that way. I have Gingerbread 2.3.4 and HTC Sense 3.0 on my rooted thunderbolt so I personally dont care but the support that HTC has given to the Thunderbolt has went from being pathetic to being embarrassing and dissappointing

          • KevinC

            First of all, Google already does this with their phones (Nexus One, Nexus S).  The software on your Thunderbolt is a version of Android that has been heavily modified with HTC Sense deeply integrated into the source code.

            How would you imagine Google update HTC’s software for Gingerbread?  They can’t possibly do this for all Android phones on the market.  It’s the responsibility of the phone manufacturer to update their phones.  If you don’t like it, bash HTC, not Google.

    • Anonymous

      Apple doesn’t do that anymore ios5 brought over air updates

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    $600 wifi only version, get android 4 first, totally worth it.

  • Geo

    I hope the WIFI Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets this update.  As soon I as I updated it with that TouchWiz UI it lags and freezes up quite a bit.  I don’t even have a lot of apps on it and I keep on top of the RAM usage.  I don’t mind the TouchWiz but I’m hoping ICS will bring better optimization.  This is the last tablet I’ll own until tablets have gone high end.

    • Joe

      Just hang around XDA long enough (which really wouldn’t have to be too long at all once ICS is released) and you’ll see how quickly the new OS gets brought into the 10.1 ;)

  • Koosh808

    Just got the XOOM Family Edition yesterday from Best Buy.  Hopefully, we XFE users will get the ICS update too.

  • RW-1

    And it will be the very first 4G tablet as well.

    ‘Nuff said here !

  • RW-1

    And it will be the very first 4G tablet as well.

    ‘Nuff said here !

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    with the current track record, i would say transformer is first

  • FortitudineVincimus

    if they have the same timeline as they had for SD card support and LTE it is going to be a looooooooong wait

  • Booboolala2000

    Super sweet. Except it’ll be a month after the wifi gets it. For VZW testing. Can’t wait for the Nexus, if it actually comes.

    • kurttrail

      Yep. WIFI Xoom owners will get ICS first. And I bet that VZW’s “Nexus” will have the VZW delay when the OS after ICS is released.

      • Booboolala2000

        I don’t think if it is an actual nexus that vzw would have anything to do with it. Those are my hopes though.

        Last time around didn’t the wifi xoom get the update about three weeks earlier than the now lte xoom?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariafe.c.oneill Maria Fe Camaya O’Neill

    I can’t wait to get this on my Xoom and my phone(Nexus S) hopefully won’t be to far behind it. I chose these two devices because i wanted to get my hands on ICS sooner rather then later with out the need to root. Google needs to get this update right and get it out to it’s GED devices fast if it wants to make a statement about the pro’s of getting one of their gadgets.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505789860 Deric Brown

      Root users got Gingerbread first on Nexus One because of root. Samsung had it for a few months. Having that device does not mean first dips. Your best advice is buy a ICS device or root. At least then you have more chances of getting it right away.

  • Anonymous

    LOL @ “probably”.  Yeah Xoom will be the first to have ICS right after the Transformer, G-Tab and Flyer..

    • Jaymonster

      Do many drugs? Transformer always behind the Zoom, G-Tab and it’s half-baked UX was optimized for 3.1 so in typical Samsung Fashion will remain woefully behind the curve… if it EVER gets updated. They Flyer isn’t even a real tablet, it is a cute by-product.

    • Anonymous

      LOL @ you.

  • jd092

    It would be sweet for the Transformer 2 to release as the first ICS tablet.

    • Anonymous

      not going to happen :) Moto will be the first one.

  • Sylense

    so….what happened to all of the talk about honeycomb being a tablet OS and keeping the OS between smartphones and tablets separate? Basically we’re now taking the *phone approach is what I’m understanding. #FAIL

    • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

      ICS is a merger between the Honeycomb and Gingerbread. It easily “transforms” from a phone OS to a Tablet OS. In other words they will function slightly different on tablets as opposed to phones but they will be compatible with the same applications and try to curve fragmentation. 

      • http://twitter.com/jordanlong20 Jordan Long

        I think you meant “curb” fragmentation. 

    • Anonymous

      Have you been living under a rock?

  • Terrance Steiner

    I would put odds down that Transformer owners will see it before Xoom owner.  I have received updates from Asus within 2-weeks of the announcement of every update.  Including small patch updates, I have received seven updates since I bought the Transformer.  Motorola’s record on the Xoom has been far less stellar.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Are drunk or high?

      • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

        transformer was first to 3.2

        • Booboolala2000

          3.2.2? Or 3.2.1?

          • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

            3.2. just plain 3.2

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

          hes talking about 3.2.2 their is a difference 

        • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

          WiFi only Motorola XOOM got Android 3.2 on 7/12. Transformer didn’t get it until 7/28. The WiFi XOOM also got 3.1, 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 before the Transformer.

          Then there is the Verizon XOOM. It got 3.1 and 3.2.2 before the Transformer. And the Transformer only get 3.2, 6 days before the Verizon XOOM.

    • Booboolala2000

      Oh, your running 3.2.2 also on the transformer?

      • Anonymous

        no because 3.2.2 is made for 4g devices….

        • Anonymous

          Transformer had a hacked implementation of SD card support.

          • Anonymous

            Hacked or not… IT WORKS.

  • http://twitter.com/_Averix Derin

    If it’s true, I’ll be a bit torqued.  I sold mine after the 4G debacle took forever to come to fruition.

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Timmy

    So will the Nexus S, and hopefully the Nexus One. Whats new? lol

  • EC8CH

    You mean no Nexus Tablet tomorrow???

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    For the love of god Sammy please update the 10.1 I swear if i dont have ICS by late December I will sale my 10.1 and never buy a Sammy product again. Touch UX adds some great functionality to Honeycomb but if it slows down the update… NEVER AGAIN!

    • Anonymous

      lol you are stuck with sammy brother :) No updates for you till march 2012 lol

  • Anonymous

    wouldn’t be surprised if the transformer gets the first update. Asus seems to be quick with the updates, even quicker then motorola.

    • Stapler88

      you ignoring the article? the xoom is a google experience device aka STOCK

      • Anonymous

        have you used the transformer??? it is STOCK as well

        • Anonymous

          Xoom =og droid before Google made nexus

          • Anonymous

            you are correct. The difference is that the moto droid just have 256 of ram shame on moto :)

        • Anonymous

          Yes, but it is not a Google experience device.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not understanding how it isn’t a “Google experience device” Let’s break it down:

            1. Running Android? Yes
            2. Stock Android? Yes

            Guess all criteria are met.

          • Anonymous

            Google has certain “developer” devices that they call Google experience devices. The transformer does run stock but if Asus wanted to make a UI for it they could. By running stock, they can update quickly, but Google will still make the xoom wifi and Verizon up to date first.

          • Thatguy

            Um no, try this:

            1. Running Android? Yes.
            2. With no skins? Yes.
            3. With no added carrier or manufacturer or other third-party apps/userspace stuff except AOSP apps and Google apps? NO.
            4. With no patches, hacks, or under-the-hood tweaks by the manufacturer? NO.
            5. With a bootloader unlockable through fastboot? (Idk personally)
            6. With all updates coming straight from Google? NO.

            2 or 3 outta 6, I guess.

          • Anonymous

            ok, guess i was wrong. as long as both get the upgrade, don’t care either way.

        • Thatguy

          The SD Card support was hacked in by Asus, along with some bug fixes, exclusive widgets and live wallpapers. It may not be skinned but it certainly isn’t a Google Experience device by any means. You yourself point out you guys didn’t get or need the 3.2.2 update; that’s because Asus’s mods to the OS prevented the need for it. It should also be the most obvious sign the Transformer is not a Google Experience device; it’s not receiving Google’s updates!

        • Jaymonster

          No, actually it isn’t. The transformer is one of the devices that used a hack to get the ad card working before Honeycomb had support for it… so there is at least one under the hood piece that is not stock.

        • Anonymous

          No, it isn’t.

    • Anonymous

      Wrong. Xoom first 3.0. First 3.1. First 3.2.

    • angermeans

      What are you talking about the Xoom has been first to all 3 (3.0, 3.1, and 3.2) this doesn’t even include the fact that it now has 3.2.2 which I can tell a pretty bid difference in how the overall OS runs.

    • Anonymous

      you failed

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    would be sweet if there was a way to have your phone running ICS and your tablet running ICS auto synch up everything! im talking apps saved games and all!

    • Matt

      That’s already possible between gingerbread / honeycomb devices via Google’s cloud backup.

  • Guest

    what about the galaxy s 2??? I really want ice cream sandwich on my phone…

    • Anonymous

      Xoom, bionic, photon, atrix and the upcoming razor will have ics pretty soon :)

  • Mannysaurus

    *Take a time machine to when the XOOM was days away from being released*

    Motorola Xoom will probably receive 4G first.

    • Anonymous

      Dude I totally just sold my first born because Xoom will get 4G 2 weeks after its released. Moto said so.

  • palomosan

    I bet my Transformer get it first.

    • Jaymonster

      I’ll take that bet.

  • Adam Wells

    I really hope this is true.

  • Anonymous

    I bet the Xoom 2 will be the first, just because Moto hates all early adopters of the original.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      No Xoom 2 will have Blur :s

    • Anonymous

      Gonna get the obligatory “you mad bro?” out of the way now

      • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

        You obligatory bro?

    • Anonymous

      you introspective bro, props.

      • http://twitter.com/Bradgog Brad Gogats

        You guys are not understanding, the WIFI Xoom gets updates from the google servers, it is the only Honeycomb tablet that does so.  It does not receive updates from Moto or Verizon, only Google.

    • Anonymous

      If the xoom 2 is available wed at best buy I’ll pick it up. Otherwise, Since there is only 3.4 supposed honeycomb users worldwide they are going to get it out to all tablets running honeycomb now eventually (probably within the next few weeks). They need us We are their testers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Knew the Xoom would be good for something.

    • Joe

      Yeah too bad most XOOMers have since sold their XOOMs and purchased GTab 10.1’s (like I did – VASTLY superior device, in every way).

      • Anonymous

        HA!  How’s the microSD slot and HDMI port?  Vastly superior my ass.  Have fun waiting for Samsung to figure out how to incorporate TouchWiz into ICS.

        • Joe

          Both ports working out JUST FINE, given that…well do the majority of people really need the extra memory space?  After all, its  a tablet, not a laptop, so I (and I trust most people) don’t need to have a massive music library, a massive photo library, and a massive movie library on that device all at one time.  Even you’d have to admit that would have to be the minority of users.  I’ve got well over 100 apps on mine, and honestly if you have many more than that..well…I’m doubting you’re ever using them all.  32GB = plenty of space, and don’t take my word for it, do a g-damn poll.

          And the HDMI port? Seriously???  I always thought that the overall consensus was that that particular feature was a “bells & whistles” addition at best, far from a necessity.  And I think if you ask any 10.1 user, (esp. one who has come from a XOOM) you’d GLADLY trade the uber ports for a much lighter, appropriately sized tablet experience.  Oh, and I guess you’d rather conveniently choose to leave out the fact that Sammy has since released adapters for the HDMI port, as well as others.  But whatever.

          And as for waiting for Samsung and its updates…pardon me but I have yet to accept a single update from Sammy – if you’re an Android user that is worth half a crap then you’re XDA all the way, rooted and running custom roms…and unless you’ve ever tried any of them, you’re missing out on an experience that far surpasses that of the Motorola Brick.

          Oh, and how’s that AWESOME Xoom screen workin’ out for ya?  LMFAO.  Done.

          • Anonymous

            You are being a sheep.

          • Joe

            Not sure what you mean by that…

          • Anonymous

            You know unless you are a turd.

      • Anonymous

        which one do you like the most? xoom or gs tab?

        • Matt

          Neither. Toshiba Thrive all the way!