Motorola Xoom gets updated to Android 4.0.4

The Motorola Xoom was the world’s first dual-core tablet with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and whilst it lasted a full year with very little revisions, it definitely needed one and Motorola realised this early and has begun pushing Android 4.0.4 (Ice-cream Sandwich) to the Xoom's WiFi models via an over-the-air update. The update comes three months after the 4.0.2 revision was released in January.

Ice-cream Sandwich, for those who have been living under a rock for the past six months is Google’s latest Android revision which really improves on functionality and appeal. The user-interface more refined and emphasises the ability to customise and organise user-space among the home screen by incorporating portals – which is Google’s fancy word for folders.

Specifically for the Xoom, this update update improves the camera and a few other minor features of the tablet since the last revision. The update from what we can understand allows quicker screen rotation, general responsiveness, as well as an improved auto-lock feature.

This is sure to bring some relevance to the Xoom and hopefully still makes the tablet more appealing for a cheaper purchase for those wanting an Ice-cream Sandwich tablet.

Eager to get it yourself? Head to Settings > About tablet > System update, and be sure to let us know how it goes in comments below.

Update: Me and my friends' Xoom's aren't showing the OTA update for neither the 4.0.2 or the new 4.0.4 revision in the UK - we're both still stuck on Android 3.2.1. 

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I'm glad that we are seeing lots of updates for this model.

My only gripe about this tablet is that they decided to go with an odd ball power charger instead of using the standard mini USB for power... strange.... everything else was great.

boogie_monster posted this on the Droid life thread and people have confirmed it on their Xooms and I got my GNex to update last night (4th try!) this way.

"well I received my Xoom update last week, just one day after they announced it but I've been waiting for the same update on my GSM GNEX and nothing happened till I found this tutorial, so I thought I might as well share it with you, I can't confirm that this works on Xoom WI-FI as well but if you have a GSM GNEX and haven't got the update yet try this, it might take few attempt to work tho:

1 go to settings/apps then hit the all button at the top

2 Scroll down to Google service framework then open it

3 Hit the clear button

4 go to settings/about phone/System updates the date will be 1969 or 1970 this is OK

5 Hit the check button

6 Nexus should now show update to 4.0.4 is Available

7 hit install and enjoy!"

Damn! That didnt work for me
I dont have an option 5, no check button appears for me.
Just says "Your system is currently up to date" with no other option but to go back.

"Update: Me and my friends' Xoom's aren't showing the OTA for the 4.0.2 or the new 4.0.4 revisions from 3.2.1 here in the UK." Did my sister write this...? ICS HAS NOT ROLLED OUT OUTSIDE THE USA, IF YOU WANT ICS YOU NEED GOOGLE EXPERIENCE DEVICE ROM. *facepalm*

zikalify said,
"Update: Me and my friends' Xoom's aren't showing the OTA for the 4.0.2 or the new 4.0.4 revisions from 3.2.1 here in the UK." Did my sister write this...? ICS HAS NOT ROLLED OUT OUTSIDE THE USA, IF YOU WANT ICS YOU NEED GOOGLE EXPERIENCE DEVICE ROM. *facepalm*

Agreed, perfectly understandable for a software update. I'm sure those UK iDevices will be getting iOS 5.1 any day now.

zikalify said,
IF YOU WANT ICS YOU NEED GOOGLE EXPERIENCE DEVICE ROM. *facepalm*

You do know that the Xoom WiFi is a Google Experience Device, right? http://code.google.com/android/nexus/images.html

In case you didn't know here is a bit of clarification for the uninitiated. First and foremost all Nexus devices are Google Experience devices (Yes even the CDMA ones). However because CDMA is not as "open" as GSM, the carriers have to add some extra binaries (sign it with their platform key) to the Google released source code. Basically, if you are GSM, Google's code will work 100%, if you are not the source code is 99.9% complete.

Next, the Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience device, however the "true" experience device is the US WiFi model. Again the CDMA version needs something a little extra. Quite frankly I don't know what the Non-US WiFi models excuse is. But they are different models for sure and they are indeed an experience device. All this is explained in here: https://groups.google.com/foru...android-contrib/phz3S5ZdveU

I should charge mine. Shame the 3G model isn't included yet. We pay them more money, and still have to wait longer. Doesn't seem right to me.

Just to elaborate, I'm talking official OTA - not leaks or custom builds. I've had a Xoom which even now; is on 3.2.1 and refuses to update - not sure what gives for me but my friends all have the same issue right now too - we're all UK based so it's possible that 4.0 is only available in certain countries.

Zeikku said,
Just to elaborate, I'm talking official OTA - not leaks or custom builds. I've had a Xoom which even now; is on 3.2.1 and refuses to update - not sure what gives for me but my friends all have the same issue right now too - we're all UK based so it's possible that 4.0 is only available in certain countries.

Perhaps you should revise the title to say "UK Motorola Xooms" because at least the US Wifi Xooms have already had ICS OTA for a while (4.0.2 I think).

jeston said,

Perhaps you should revise the title to say "UK Motorola Xooms" because at least the US Wifi Xooms have already had ICS OTA for a while (4.0.2 I think).

Might just do that. Cheers for the heads up!

Raa said,
Source?

Apple's release announcement when iOS 5 was released in October and supported the 3GS, 4, 4S, iPod touch 3 and 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 on launch day :-p

To be fair Windows Phone is a much better comparison to how Android updates really should be. It's pretty close to iOS's update rollout while supporting hardware from multiple manufacturers.

Hasn't ICS been out for months? I certainly have had it on my Motorola Xoom for a few months, the 4.0.4 update was last week but previous 4.0 versions definitely since January at least.

Been running ICS on my Aussie Xoom for months thanks to xda-developer roms. That is what I love about Android, open source means maximum contributions and customizations.