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Incoming Motorola XOOM Update is “Very Limited” and Most Definitely Not Ice Cream Sandwich

As expected, the “project” that Motorola has prepared for the XOOM is nothing more than a minor tweak here or there. In fact, it’s an “invisible” update that adds improved support for pay-as-you-go customers and nothing more. So if you receive notification to update tomorrow (yes tomorrow), you can relax, as there will be no Ice Cream Sandwich goodness for quite some time.  

Here is the blurb from an MFN email:

Hi again.

Thanks very much for signing up to give feedback about your Motorola Xoom on Verizon. You will be testing final software for your LTE Xoom. Despite the wild rumors about ICS, this is a very limited update providing improved support for pay-as-you-go customers on Verizon. It should be essentially “invisible” in terms of device operation.

Because of this, we will be looking for feedback on two primary questions:
Did you update successfully?
If yes, did the update alter your device in any unexpected way?
We feel this software is safe and ready, but your input will provide the data we need to make a go/no-go decision. Here are key points to know:
I will send out another email with a survey where you can provide your answers to these two questions.
It will come within a few hours of when the software begins to be pushed to your phones.
That push is expected around mid-day tomorrow.
Please do not post comments on public sites about this update; instead provide your input through the survey I will provide.
Please do respond to the survey by Friday morning. We expect to make our decision to release this update later that day
Do not send emails to this account or PM me unless I ask you to do so. General questions sent to either place will go unanswered — put your questions and comments in the survey please.

Thanks again for your confidentiality and participation. Your help with updates like this certainly counts in your favor when other test opportunities arise.


– Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Cheers D and C!

  • Exellent review. It is good imformation to know more. Thanks for share!

  • @94da1460196067c241f08a2536797a98:disqus  I made the decision.. my co-worker’s sister-in-law made $198862 so far just working on the laptop for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more…http://nipp.me/25u

    • Jason

      I’m guessing you look more like this…..

  • Jak_341

    Why is Moto even trying anymore? They haven’t had anything successful since the OG Droid. And with the release of the GNex 2 weeks away, I can’t see them even being solvent in the marketplace anymore. Perhaps they should drop Android and make their own system. It couldn’t be any worse for them.

    • Anonymous

      I bought the Razr yesterday as my OG bit the dust… I’m using it like a rental car until I can pick up the GNEX but its not a bad phone. While people like us who stalk this blog know the GNex is clearly the phone to get the vast majority has no idea it even exists, and this includes Verizon store employees. So for the vast public the Razr is the phone to beat on Verizon and its not bad. But it will be nothing compared to the GNex. 

    • Anonymous

      “They haven’t had anything successful since the OG Droid”

      Are you high or something? They’ve had plenty of successful devices since the OG. What is your definition of “successful”? Total sales? Well The Atrix, DX, D2(to include it’s sub models R2-D2/D2G) and Bionic have sold more than the OG did. The RAZR is close but it’s still new. Those are the only ones I bothered to look up.

      So please, define “successful”.

      • He version of successful means unlocked bootloader, or stock I guess….

  • internet marketing belgium

    ohhh my god it looks gorgeous really amazing

  • LinuxLover

    What an absolute bust! This was supposed to be “the tablet” that really put iPad in its place? Motorola hasn’t done much to help itself since the first Droid. Now, Samsung on the other hand… Motorola needs to get with it or get out. It’s sort of like Novell – it once has purpose in the market, but has lost its way and can’t find its way back.

  • Billy Jenkins

    could it be the very well known Ice Cream puddle? Notice what I did there?

  • Android 3.0. Clock on that Xoom says 3:00. Coincidence? I think not.

  • WTF.. This must be terrible Tuesday.. No gingerbread for my Droid Charge, No Nexus pre-order, and the poor Xoom owners get shafted on this secret update.. Wonder what tomorrow will bring???

  • Anonymous

    why do they bother to even announce lame updates this? remember that “project” moto had planned awhile ago for the OG droid that turned out to only be bug fixes? how about next time they have special “project” they just make it a surprise.

    • They didn’t announce it. It’s actually under Non-Disclosure Agreement. Anyone who posts or sends details about a Motorola project risks losing their eligibility for participation.

  • jbonics

    from a transformer owner i was hopeing someone got it that way i  knew it was possible in what like 2 weeks and some change. the race continues….. asus tf developer tablet muahhhhaaahh.

  • Anonymous

    Knew it wasn’t ICS because my Asus hasn’t gotten it yet.

    • Anonymous

      HAHA, +1 for this.

    • jack kramer

      best device out there!!!

      • Anonymous

        So glad I made the decision on this one. It seems like the silent but deadly device out there. Very stable, excellent update support, and it runs like a champ. I feel sorry for the XOOM guys with all of their problems. Especially when I know how much some of these guys paid for them.

  • Anonymous

    It’s time for another poll…

    Who’s your least favorite Motorola hack?
    a. Sanjay
    b. Matt
    c. The leader of the Bootlocker brigade
    d. The chief Blur “developer”

    …you must pick only one.

    • Billy Jenkins

      I think it would be easier to just not vote then it would be to pick only one

    • antipode

      I don’t think Matt belongs on that list.  He is a forum moderator — did you actually think that he sets Motorola policy on software update disclosures and estimated time-frames?

      I have a number of issues with my Bionic and Xoom, but the fact that Motorola forums are so open is commendable.

      • Anonymous

        +1 to antipode.  
        Matt represents communication on a company forum and you wanna bash HIM?  
        I say props to Moto for keeping the line of communication open and putting a “face” to it.  It would be all too easy to hide behind twitter or fb for random useless updates like some others do.  It’s unfortunate that he is the scapegoat (as perceived by some).

        • Cmandd

          But he either doesn’t know much or holds back. Gives alot of misinformation about updates, bugs, etc.

  • Anonymous


  • Dominick DeVito

    It would be unfair to Motorola to expect ICS so soon. It will be ready in due time.

  • David Parrella

    Relax…RELAX!?….It’s ok….by the 19th, everyone will have an ICS before the Xoom ever gets upgraded…

  • Anonymous

    “Thanks again for your confidentiality” haha

  • hamholla

    this is a bummer =/ was really banking on ics