According to an anonymous redditor who works for Big Red in “some capacity,” we could see Ice Cream Sandwich updates for both the Motorola XOOM (3G/4G) and HTC Rezound in a matter of days. The source claims that this information came out today and pegs 4/23 as the XOOM ICS date, with the Rezound dropping about two weeks later on May 9. Normally these anonymous posts aren’t much to go by, but the amount of info in his post including size, soak test dates, etc. is enough to at least grab our attention. (more…)
It is a rarity to see these ‘one day deal’ sites selling non-refurbished Android tablets these days, so we just had to give everyone the heads up on this deal. Today only, you can buy the original Motorola XOOM WiFi developer tablet for only $329. This tablet is the definition of vanilla Android and usually receives Android updates long before any other tablet on the market. But buyers beware, as we start seeing newer versions of the Android OS, we don’t know how much longer the XOOM WiFi will be supported by Google and Motorola.
If you have not already manually downloaded and installed the XOOM WiFi update to Android 4.0.4, it is now officially rolling out to everyone. The update includes quicker screen rotation, a new setting to immediately lock the screen, camera improvements and more.
To pull the update: Settings > About tablet > System update
Cheers everyone who sent this in!
Last night, we first reported a new update for the Motorola XOOM WiFi that was scheduled to rollout at any minute. The version of Android is 4.0.4, build IMM76 and includes quicker screen rotation, camera improvements, and the ability to change the lock settings of the power switch. While we have yet to hear of many readers actually receiving the update, the file has already been posted to XDA. So if you have a USB stick and a microUSB host cable, you can update immediately. This file only works in the stock recovery and you have to currently be on Android 4.0.3, build IML77. (more…)
Last week, we received word that Motorola was prepping a “soak test” for the XOOM WiFi, but specific details as to what was included were absent. A message we received in our inbox this evening may change the mystery, as it details a 4.0.4 update that should be here any day. According to this tip, the Android 4.0.4 build number is IMM76 and will include quicker screen rotation, a new setting to immediately lock the screen, camera improvements and more.
We do not have a date of expected release, but with notes like this floating around, we can imagine that it won’t be too much longer. Check out the email after the break. (more…)
Owners of the Motorola XOOM WiFi, you will soon receive yet another update. While Ice Cream Sandwich already arrived back in January, this is likely a bug fixer of sorts. There are rumors of Android 4.0.5 being next in line for the Galaxy Nexus, so there is a chance that the XOOM could see it first. After all, it has proven to be much easier to update all of these stock WiFi-only devices than those with actual cell radios in them.
As always, let us know the minute you see it. (more…)
We thought that Google TV users were the lucky ones, but it appears now as if a variety of Android devices including the Galaxy Nexus and Motorola XOOM are receiving the new Google Play Store. Not much changes as far as functionality goes, but the logo and look certainly have. Check it out after the break. (more…)
Verizon has been silent for the most part when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich updates for their lineup of Android devices. Many of the OEMs that they deal with have informed us in one way or another, but we were waiting for Big Red to make some things official since they sign off on final software. Their list is now public and is as follows.
For HTC devices, we will see Android 4.0 on the Thunderbolt, Incredible 2, Rhyme and Rezound. Sorry original Incredible owners. For Motorola devices we will see it on the XOOM, Bionic, RAZR, RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and XYBOARD tablets. Sorry DROID X, DROID X2, and DROID 3 owners. For Samsung devices it looks like only the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.7 will see it. No DROID Charge. From LG, only the Spectrum will receive ICS.
Sooo, quite a few devices missing including a couple that should have more than enough power under the hood to run Android 4.0.
Update: Yes, I see that it says “4G LTE devices currently scheduled” in the press release which has led many to believe that this is simply a 4G LTE only list and that some 3G devices were specifically left out. I’m having a hard time following that logic since the Incredible 2 and Rhyme were also listed and are 3G-only phones. Also, the DROID Charge which is 4G LTE, is left off. This is an assumption of course, but I would tend to lean towards this list being pretty complete.
No dates were given. (more…)