Ice Cream Sandwich rolls out to WiFi Xoom tablets

The Motorola Xoom was the first Honeycomb-based tablet on the market. It was heavily hyped and was even advertised during last year's Super Bowl. Although sales of the device have not been very good, owners of the tablet will still receive an update to Android 4, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. It appears that the download is available to all users via the WiFi connection and you will be prompted to update the next time you power on the tablet.

According to the system information, the version of ICS is 4.0.3, build number is IML77, and the kernel version is 2.6.39.4-gf03a679. After the upgrade, the first change you'll notice is the boot screen looks different. Instead of random honeycombs flashing around on the screen, we see random colored squares. Once the system boots, you'll notice that the font is a little different (for the better), some icons (such as the buttons in the lower left of the screen), have changed, and the old "Contacts" icon has been replaced with a "People" icon. Scrolling between screens also seems smoother with less lag, and users can now bring up the task manager and swipe the processes to the right in order to remove them, similar to how WebOS works.

While this update will probably not help improve the sales of the Xoom, especially with the Xoom 2 on the horizon, it's good to see a major update provided to tablet owners. It remains to be seen whether ICS will help "unify" Android and whether that will help developers make apps that are more portable across platforms.

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Great. So some tablets gets ICS before Google even manages to push it out to all their Nexus S devices. And they don't have problem with fragmentation or differentiation or whatever they wanna call it? Right.

cypherboy said,
No sign of ICS here in Australia, at least on my Xoom which still shows Android 3.1 and 'No updates available'.

Because you are not in the U.S. Only U.S. devices are getting the update right now.

UndergroundWire said,

Because you are not in the U.S. Only U.S. devices are getting the update right now.


Would have been nice if that article had mentioned that...

Xoom 2 on the horizon? It's been out here for months in the UK

However I am not getting an option to upgrade/update to ICS on my Xoom 1

BeLGaRaTh said,
Xoom 2 on the horizon? It's been out here for months in the UK

However I am not getting an option to upgrade/update to ICS on my Xoom 1

Because you are not in the U.S. Only U.S. devices are getting the update right now.

Am I the only one who noticed the typo in the title?

Ice Cream Sandiwch rolls out to WiFi Xoom tablets

I have no idea what a Sandiwch is....

techbeck said,
Am I the only one who noticed the typo in the title?
Funny, I'm reading it and I got it after the 5th read. Funny how the minds works.


I have no idea what a Sandiwch is....

SharpGreen said,
Late much?

I'm sorry, how many ICS tablets are currently on the market? While you're at it, how about listing all of the tablets currently available within the last 2 years that have officially been upgraded to ICS. Even if you could name 1 or 2, it STILL wouldn't make this "late".

nekkidtruth said,

I'm sorry, how many ICS tablets are currently on the market? While you're at it, how about listing all of the tablets currently available within the last 2 years that have officially been upgraded to ICS. Even if you could name 1 or 2, it STILL wouldn't make this "late".


are we talking about how many ICS tablet are there in the market or about how this news is late? late news is late news no matter the no of tablets in the market...

SharpGreen said,
Late much?

Good for you, it's news to me. I'm still hoping Acer release ICS for the Iconia Tab A500 (which is looking doubtful considering they only announced the A200 is getting it next month).

still1 said,

are we talking about how many ICS tablet are there in the market or about how this news is late? late news is late news no matter the no of tablets in the market...

I meant the post.

Xerxes said,

Good for you, it's news to me. I'm still hoping Acer release ICS for the Iconia Tab A500 (which is looking doubtful considering they only announced the A200 is getting it next month).


Acer is next in line for ICS A100/500 will have ICS in the next 2 week