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XDA Provides Working Ice Cream Sandwich On Your WiFi XOOM, Ready To Flash At Your Leisure

The Motorola XOOM may not be the best tablet on the market, but it is Google’s developer tablet, that means that it was the likely candidate for getting the bump to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich first. While nothing official has been released yet, the Android developer community jumped when they saw that the source for 4.0.3 included support for the XOOM’s kernel. What you see is an almost fully working compilation of ICS for the XOOM. And let me tell you, it is like a whole new tablet.

Installation is pretty easy provided that you have a rooted/unlocked XOOM already. There are two files that need to be downloaded, the AOSP ROM itself and then the Google Apps file that will work with ICS. Once you have both of those loaded on your SDcard it’s as easy as booting into recovery, making a backup, wiping your system and then flashing the two files. The XDA link below has the download for both of those files you need.

The ROM is not fully complete, but the few things that do not work are small ones. Netflix will load but video playback will give a blackscreen while audio plays in the background. The camera is broken (not surprised by that), calendars don’t seem to want to sync, and there have been reports of the gyroscope being off by 90 degrees when playing games. But if you want to get a taste of Google’s latest on the tablet, I would highly suggest checking it out. The XOOM runs like it never has before after ICS. If you would like to wait for a more stable ROM though, Team Tiamat has just put out links for their WiFi XOOM ICS nightly builds. Within a few weeks there should be a complete update for the XOOM if not an official one. Happy flashing folks.

Via: XDA

Tiamat Nightlies

  • Raf

    That is an awesome deal. I paid that for mine, but I won it at an EBay auction.

  • Raf

    The Xoom can read and write to the SD card now. No need to Root or anything. Just download SDCardXD from the Market. That takes care of that. Yes, it was not present at release, but it is there now.
    The ICS Alpha version made available at XDA allows for full use of the SD card and grants full USB  Host capabilities without rooting. That means we are getting all of that from the stock version as soon as the OTA update is provided by Googlerola.

  • xxdesmus

    Hopefully this will be coming to the TouchPad soon also. Looking great.

  • Anonymous

    This is awesome to see.  I’ll probably wait for the official Goog update, but it’s good to know that the community is demonstrating how easy a port this should be.

    I’m really liking ICS on my Nexus, and want my Xoom to match!  It is a bit painful to go back to a relatively low PPI screen.  When they have quad core tablets running 300 PPI, I’ll know it’s time for an upgrade.

  • Can’t wait to get this on my 4G Xoom!

  • DWM

    So stoked to have ICS on my WiFi Xoomie

  • Brandon

    This thing runs smoother at 1ghz then honeycomb overclocked to 1.5

  • I have been in love with my Xoom almost since the first day.  It is with me all day, every day.  I now take notes on it at work instead of carrying my laptop to meetings.  I play movies when I travel or stream TV and movies while I am at home or on a wifi connection.  The upgrade to ICS will only make the device that much more fun for me to use.  I can’t wait.

  • Jmtanzo

    will this work on the Acer Iconia Tab A500?

    • Keith Sumner

      No, this particular build is for the Xoom, each device requires it’s own build, there is not a universal version that you could flash onto any device.

      • Jmtanzo

        Thanks Keith for the info. Greatly appreciated. I love the Acer Tab because of the full size USB port and removable SD… Just want to customize it…

  • Anybody watch the ICS demo at Le Web 2 weeks ago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t02iJn5Ypio).  Around the 11:45 mark they had a XOOM running ICS and they used the camera to show off panorama mode.  Google/Motorola has it working!  I just hope they share with us soon.

  • Anonymous

    “The Motorola XOOM may not be the best tablet on the market…” Couldn’t disagree with you more now that I have Ice Cream Sandwich. 😀

  • Anonymous

    transformer prime or gtfo.
    just kidding!
    (not really)
    look left ———————————————————–> YOU FAIL

  • just got a xoom a few weeks ago and its good.  No complaints here, but i want to see it running ICS ASAP.

    • Anonymous

      It will be updated to ICS eventually. Hopefully stock.

  • Anonymous

    ICS for Tablets looks great. Makes me wish I had one.

  • ksat

    Question – when we think of a tablet, we typically think of a single-user.  Well, we have a Xoom that is shared among family members…   Would love to see some multi-user interfacing built into ICS or JellyBean.  

    Anyone know of a third-party app that allows multiuser accessibility?  

    • don’t know of one for android yet. I have been wanting profiles for tablets since the first ipad, a jailbreak app for iPad, iUsers, is perfect and hope that an android profile manager comes out soon.

  • Djenvy

    but from what i understood, HoneyComb was supposed to be a tablet OS and not have the same OS as our Phones..   Yes…. Confused!

    • Keith Sumner

      You’re right, but that has nothing to do with ICS, ICS was meant to bridge the gap between tablet and phone.

  • aunt_jamihmah

    the xoom is the nexus tab, all you fools are just jealous. ICS should come down officially very soon

  • Jednc

    I don’t understand why people think the Xoom sucks. I’ve had mine since it was released and love it. I’m not sure what else it could have that it doesn’t. Sure, it is a little heavier than the iPad, but I’ve never found that to be a problem. I’m glad to know I’ll be first in line for an ICS tablet. My tablet was first to 4G too. I couldn’t be happier.

    • chihova

      Agreed. I have had no problems with it and it runs like a champ.  I have not even thought about another tablet.  Cant wait to see ICS running on it!

    • Anonymous

      Screen could have been a bit better.

      Hopefully Google will turn the write capability on for the Xoom SD card with ICS.  Sucks to not be able to move files up and down at whim without a computer.

    • Anonymous

      People hate it because its not made by samsung, doesnt have “Nexus” in the name and its made by Motorola……therefor it must have a encrypted bootloader and Blur just like the Cliq did. 

      Thats all.

    • Tmmy Holland

      I agree

    • Withrowrc

      I definitely don’t think the XOOM sucks.  I have it and the Gtab 10.1 with verizon.  The battery gets chewed up too quick on the Gtab, so when I am at home on the wifi I just use the XOOM.  It is a long story on why I have 2 tablets, and I would prefer not having to spend that money, but it is what it is…

    • Anonymous

      I think most people just remember all the bad stuff and drama around it.. no SD, send in for 4G etc.. I don’t have one but I’d totally still get a Xoom at this point, if the price was right.

      • Matt Judkins

        Target, 400 bucks for a 32gb Xoom Wifi if your Target has any left. I just bought mine 2 weeks ago and love it, but I’m a bit bias ’cause I’m a Moto guy.

        • Anonymous

          I love my Xoom, but I would still get one of the newer thinner models if I hadn’t gotten my Xoom when the wifi version came out. The newer ones are lighter and zippier in my opinion. It’s still good for e-books and entertainment on a plane. But overall its simply a toy. I’ve yet to find a practical professional use for it.
          If devs could develop more apps for the medical field, I think it would be perfect for doing patient assessments, documenting med distributions, and overall charting. Someone needs to jump on that before Apple does and takes over with their tablets.

  • Anonymous

    im still kind of confused on this. i thought honeycomb was specifically made for tablets, no? so why  flash ics onto tablets? 

    • Anonymous

      ICS is made for tablets and phones. ICS is a lot more polished than Honeycomb will ever be. It’s something you have to play with on the tablet to see how much better it runs.

      • Anonymous

        ahhh, i see i see. thank you sir(s)

        • mikejs78

          Actually, ICS is built so that it has all the features of tablet and phone (and eventually Google TV) built in – so if you are running a tablet, you get tablet-optimized features, if you run a phone, you get phone-optimized features, but they all share a common codebase and common unifying UI-structure, making it a cohesive OS for multiple types of devices.

    • Where have you been? (Sorry, I’ll stop being mean now.) ICS is both for tablets and phones. It acts differently depending on screen size.

    • ICS is Honeycomb. But for phones. And a whole lot more.

  • jbonics

    what a brick that zoom is. good 4 u

  • Joe

    to bad the xoom sucks

    • Cool story bro.

    • Ass

      Compared to?
      Same hardware as the others, plus removable SD.

      Fail much bro??