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Motorola Prepping Update for the XOOM “Google Experience Device” – Is That a Hint at Ice Cream Sandwich?

Motorola XOOM WiFi owners, something potentially very interesting is on the horizon. A new “project” is in the works from Moto, and they are asking for participants who have the “Google Experience” version of the WiFi-only model. What exactly does that mean? Since the XOOM was released as the first with stock Honeycomb, as a “developer” device and also as one that receives updates directly from Google, that means it gets to carry the “experience” tag. The good news for “experience” devices, is that they tend to see updates before anyone else in their segment. Just ask the Nexus S.

Now, never in the past have we seen Moto call out for “Google Experience” versions specifically which has made this one in particular grab our attention. Could this be the update to Ice Cream Sandwich? It’s possible. The folks at NVIDIA were able to boot up Android 4.0 on their Transformer Prime and it’s not even an “experience” device. The move from Honeycomb to ICS should not be that difficult, especially when you are talking about a stock device like the WiFi XOOM. 

Here is the email invite that Motorola is sending out:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project for owners of the “Google Experience Device” version of the WiFi-only Motorola Xoom. (This is the U.S. version only.) If you own this particular model, we would like to invite you to participate.

Click this link to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to take part. We have recently moved our forums communities to a new site, and YOU MUST RE-REGISTER to be considered a member. Please visit our new site and complete your registration update if you have not done so already. Be sure to fill out the MFN opt-in information on the new site.

This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that project start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

– Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

What are we looking at as far as a time frame goes? It could be a month or 2 still before the public sees anything. These “projects” are for testing purposes for the most part. If there are no issues during testing phases, then the updates are prepared for mass consumption.

Then again, this could just be another bug fixer.

Cheers J and cssc!

  • http://www.motoask.com motorola droid

    Hmmm, I use it and love it.  Just needs an update to make the software a bit more stable.  Otherwise, it’s a great on the coach or travel companion

  • Joseph Ferreira

    The US Xoom wifi = wingray
    the US Xoom 3g/4g = stingray
    They are both google devices like the nexus and can compile your own AOSP build of ICS for the xoom.

    AOSP
    http://source.android.com/community/index.html 

    Using the binaries from here
    http://code.google.com/android/nexus/drivers.html#wingray

    or use a Team EOS build
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1400958

    these are both options until you get a Offical OTA release.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    As a first-day-Xoom-released buyer, thanks for screwing us again, Moto. You insist on releasing the carrier version first, but always give update priority to the WiFi version.

  • http://twitter.com/Bazar6 B Azar

    I hope it’s ICS. Give us WiFi’s a fully functional ICS build! Could even help put the 4G Xoom just shy of a complete build because we’d have to wait for the radio info to be released. Both versions are GED’s, 4G’ers will just have to wait for VZW to approve it. You’ll get it not long after.

  • Anonymous

    MOTO employee seen buying a box of ice cream sandwiches for his family. Could this mean ICS on all moto devices?

  • http://profiles.google.com/fengzhe77 Joe Feng

    I wonder if this includes the wifi “Family Edition”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BYJGBCNJCKC6VZWZBLGUBHJ6NM Denoir

    @Timotato:disqus ………my neighbor’s half-sister makes $67/hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for 8 months but last month her paycheck was $8990 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site http://nutshellurl.com/22i5

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    Why does the damn WiFi always get the updates first.  So glad I am building AOSP now for my LTE XOOM.

  • Anonymous

    We need more “Google Experience Devices”, less with skins and bloatware.

  • Wnagatani

    How can you tell if a XOOM is a “Google Experience” version?

    • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

      All US XOOMs, excluding the Family Edition are Google Experience Devices.

      • Firewrench

        Will the FE get the 4.?

        • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

          According to the XOOM FE product page, yes. http://bit.ly/rroPXv

  • jbonics

     sweetness so that means my asus tf will be getting it 48 hours before you loosers. ohkkk. i would be so pissed if i was holding onto heavy ass brick every day. ics deez. V’s

    • Anonymous

      If i had any idea what you were even trying to say, i may or may not be offended right now.

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking the same thing, I had to return my Transformer back in august because the version of the Transformer I had wasnt rooted yet :/ got the Xoom and have never looked back.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone post the actual link?

  • Anonymous

    Bah, not sure if I was registered before the email again. I tried re-registering, but not sure if I’ll get the message now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.robarge George Robarge

    I’d be PO’ed if it’s only the “Google Experience” versions. I have a Verizon one I pay for monthly. I would like the update as well without having to root it and pushing the new update. Probably won’t happen though.

    • Anonymous

      You’ll get your update, it just needs to go through Verizon’s testing after Google’s.

    • Anonymous

      The wifi one will get the update first because moto has to make a different build for the 4g radio and then Verizon needs to look at it for “network compatibility” before Google/moto releases to the Verizon version.

    • angermeans

      The verizon version is a google experience device they are just testing it and we shpuld get it after verizon looks it over to make sure everything is ok. There is no differencr between the two bu the radios. This is the reason i think that the xoom is still the best tablet on the market as its googles launch device and will never see a skin like samsung did woth the tab 10.1

  • Will

    The TeamEOS build of ICS over on the XDA forums is actually pretty damned stable for WiFi Xooms.  Camera’s not working and a few other small issues, but on the whole, if you’re eager for ICS, go that route for now.

  • Anonymous

    I see you guys make these post all the time. How exactly do you sign up for this stuff?

    • http://whitemarket.freeforums.org/ Avery Dejuan Herron

      Sign up for the moto feed back network

  • Anonymous

    Not sure how to take this.  Remember Moto put out a “Family” addition to.  Could be their way to seperate the builds with calling this a Google device .  I can see how the Wifi version is getting the release so they don’t have to test 3g/4g radios.  Look at everyone that is having some issues building ICS roms for the XOOM. No data.

    • Anonymous

      The Family Edition Xoom, which I actually prefer hardware-wise (thinner, charges over microUSB, IPS screen )would be a great ICS device but Moto has seen fit to junk it up with their software customizations. 

      I would honestly not count on the Family Edition getting ICS at this point, seeing as how it’s only sold in BB and hasn’t seemed to gain much traction so far.  They should slash the price down to $299, make a firm ICS announcement, and sell the FE everywhere. 

  • Anonymous

    I think they’re calling for Goigle Experience devices because they released The Xoom Family device in Q4 that had an overlay/skin. That was a WiFi device and they are trying to exclude the skinned device from the project.

  • Kkinderen

    This would leave 3G/4G Xooms out? For now or forever? I use my Xoom a lot but always wi-fi. I have rarely used VzW services and sorry I went that route. Maybe even sorrier now.

    • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

      Verizon model will take a little bit longer to get updated, due to VZW testing. Nothing extreme though, just a few weeks.

  • faber

    F moto.

  • Anonymous

    How about unlock the “f”ing bootloader on the Bionic dcksucker motorola.

    • Anonymous

      You mad at Motorola bro?

      • Bewara2009

        he sure is mad bro!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Fischer/1167131542 Nick Fischer

          y he mad tho?

          • Anonymous

            He no unlocky fo sho

    • Stelv81’s Mother

      how about stop fcking complaining.

    • Dangerous

      U knew the Bionic was gonna have a locked bootloader when u got it

    • angermeans

      Why would you buy a device you knew had a locked bootloader that would never be unlocked and then curse motorola for not unlocking it? This is just as bad as folks that buy skinned phones and scream and hollar ehen they dont get timely updates. Android has grown enough there is no excuse anymore especially if you dont do your homeowork before making a 2 year purchase

    • http://goo.gl/A0BQg http://goo.gl/A0BQg

      @readers:disqus my buddy’s step-sister makes $85 every hour on the internet. last month her pay was $7783 just working on the internet for a few hours.read about it and Follow the instructions at Home Income System and set up your account.. http://goo.gl/A0BQg

    • Ravillao

      Keep the homophobic comments in the south inbred.

      • Trolldaddy

        You a gay bro?

    • Alexander Garcia

      You blew a gasket bro!?

  • Anonymous

    Sweet – nice to see Moto still loves (some) devs

    • Bewara2009

      u sure that’s sweet bro? 

  • Anonymous

    WiFi version because Verizon sucks at everything update related, even on a Google Experience device. 

  • NotRelevent.

    “This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites.”
    Miss this part didja?

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

      Has that ever stopped us before? :P

      • Mack

        Of course not, but some genius always has to make a comment about it.  

        • NotRelevent.

          Oh come on I wasn’t serious. Perhaps should have indicated such.