Verizon confirmed to us on Friday that the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) update for their version of the Motorola XOOM would start to roll out today. Has it yet? No, but it will shortly to testers and another small batch of lucky XOOM owners. Below, we have a note from Motorola that mentions to testers the rollout schedule:
We’re testing final software. A group of some thousands of Xoom owners will receive the software upgrade. But only a portion of that group is made up of owners like you, from the Motorola Feedback Network. It’s your feedback that we rely on in evaluating if our software is ready.
So for the rest of us not in the testing program or the lucky first thousand, it could be a few days. These tests usually run for a couple of days and then all parties involved decide if it’s good to push to everyone. If you do not see the update today, try to hold it together. These things take time.
Cheers J, J, J and S!
Verizon confirmed this afternoon that the Motorola XOOM will receive Ice Cream Sandwich starting June 4. The update should come directly from Google as it is a “lead” device for Android, but Big Red has gone ahead and announced its arrival. To see the full changelog, check out this post.
The soak test invites that went out earlier in the week for owners of the XOOM 4G LTE on Verizon were indeed because of an imminent Ice Cream Sandwich launch. Big Red posted the support docs for the update today which is always a good sign that it will rollout within the next week or so. The build is exactly the same as what the Galaxy Nexus is receiving – Android 4.0.4 IMM76K.
As you can see from the screenshot up top, Verizon wants you to know that ICS adds a bunch of new goodies (Folders, better notification management, etc.) that were not a part of Honeycomb. And not only will the XOOM now enjoy these new ICS features, but it appears as if device stability, network connectivity, and bug squashing were also a major focus with this update. The full changelog is below. (more…)
By now, we all should understand that the original Motorola XOOM that was sold to Verizon customers back in March as the first ever Honeycomb device was a beta product. Google admitted that Honeycomb was rushed and unfinished and the device lacked 4G LTE radios that would need to be added on later. It’s been a rough ride to say the least.
There may be a glimpse of hope on the horizon though, as Motorola Feedback Members who own the device are being invited to test an update in the near future. All we can think is, “This has to be Ice Cream Sandwich.” What else could it possibly be at this point? We have seen the screenshots from Verizon’s internal testing system, showing that Android 4.0 has been in testing and potentially ready for some time now. I’d say the day has finally come. And let’s not forget that Motorola told us “Q2” for a rollout.
According to the info we received, it doesn’t matter if your XOOM has been upgraded with the LTE radio or is still on CDMA, the update should work anyway.
Cheers M, S, T and J!
The popular deals-site Daily Steals, is looking to clear out their inventory of Motorola 32GB XOOM WiFi tablets with their newest “Last Call” sale. The tabs only run $240, but are factory re-certified and come with a 90 day warranty for anyone who is wary of buying “used” tech items. As we always say, the XOOM is the OG Android tablet -being the first pure Google Experience tab on the market, the XOOM has a very healthy developer community and is also kept up quite well by Google themselves. For this price, I don’t think you’re going to see a better deal.
Via: Daily Steals
Recently, the CyanogenMod team released CM9 nightlies for the Motorola XOOM 4G. For owners of the world’s first 4G LTE tablet, this may come as a huge upgrade, seeing as how Verizon is still having troubles pushing the official Ice Cream Sandwich update to your device. CM9 will bring ICS, a ton of customizable options, and the relief that your device will finally receive the updates and developer support it so deserves. (more…)
It seems that the Interwebz has been pumping out deals left and right for Android tablets as of late. The newest to hit our inbox is Groupon’s listing of the XOOM WiFi for only $340. The XOOM will always hold a special place in our hearts, seeing as how it was the first and still remains to be one of the only true vanilla Android tablets ever made. It receives timely updates straight from Google to the newest versions of the Android OS and while being completely unlockable, has a healthy developer community to keep it kicking even after Google drops support.
Cheers Terris, Anthony, and Bladelaire!
If you were looking for information about the next OTA update for a phone on Verizon, a reddit user by the name of DroidTosser has you covered. His latest post that went up within the last hour, gives us details for updates on just about every VZW device currently available. We’ll start first with the screenshot you are seeing above which talks Ice Cream Sandwich, but won’t stop there as the info is plentiful. (more…)