Ice Cream Sandwich officially comes to the Verizon Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2
When both the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 were released by Verizon ten months ago, they came running Android Honeycomb. Even though that was good enough at that time, most newer tablets released since then came running Ice Cream Sandwich.
For whatever reason, only the larger DROID XYBOARD 10.1 received its update to ICS back in August, and left people wondering when the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 would receive the update.
We're now pleased to report that Ice Cream Sandwich has finally come to the Verizon Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2. Included in the 299MB update are features such as direct access lock screen, better multitasking, the ability to create folders, and data usage monitor. Also included are updated USB drivers for better PC file transfer support, updated corporate email client, faster web browsing, and improved network connectivity.
Chances are this may be the last update for the DROID XYBOARD series on Verizon, as Motorola is not expected to update them to Android Jelly Bean.
source: Verizon Wireless
1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
VZW isn't exactly what i would call great with updates
4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Motorola isn't any better when it comes to updates. I saw the article about them not updating the Atrix phones. I don't think it's really fair.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7068; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Overall Motorola's update track record is good. The Atrix/Photon/Electrify fiasco is an unwelcome blemish on that record. If they offered a good technical reason for the decision then I can forgive them, but thus far one has not been offered other than "the update wouldn't run well on the phones." I suspect that it has to do with the Tegra 2 processor. Still, it was a pretty brutal blow that would have hurt less if they hadn't promised the update for months.
8. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3563; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
This isn't the first time Motorola has screwed their customers over. I don't believe the technical limitations excuse. If older Android phones can run ICS ROMs then there's no excuse for these phones to not be able to do ice cream sandwich.
They promised it for months which is unfortunate because the next Android update will be around the corner sooner than you think. What's to stop Motorola from doing this to other phones like the Razr line?
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7068; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The trouble with the ROM argument is that ROMS are also developed over the course of several months and likely remain incomplete by the time the next version of Android rolls around. The other problem with ROMS is that they often have little to do with how the manufacturer wants the update to look like. The third is that I've read that there is certain problems with the Tegra 2 architecture and ICS, which results in certain features not working well. I am not tech savvy enough to know how true it is, but I would like Motorola to at least attempt to explain the reasoning behind their decision.
And really, how many times can you name where Motorola actually "screwed over" customers? The closest you've ever come was the Droid 3/X2 decision, which was at least announced pretty much up front. Otherwise, I recall a thread where I went over Motorola's major update history and illustrated that in general they've done very well with updates. You even said "for once I don't have a comeback." And the Razr line will get Jelly Bean at least because it at least has identical processor architecture to what the Galaxy Nexus has, and therefore can run the update. There is literally no reason why Motorola or Verizon can't do the update.
10. Malique001 (Posts: 58; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The Samsung Captivate Glide uses a Tegra 2 CPU and it was updated to ICS last week. The Photon 4G has 1GB of ram as well, so it should run ICS fine. The Nexus S ran ICS and currently runs Jelly Bean well and it only has 512mb of ram. Motorola is playing games IMO.
11. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Motorola (preics) phones also use the heavy Moto blur interface compared to the glides lighter touchwiz. which in turn uses more ram. Aso, the Nexus S is stock android no interfaces included.
12. Malique001 (Posts: 58; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Motorola Applications Platform (MAP) hasnt been heavy since motoblur. The last device running on blur was in 2010. Touchwiz runs smoothly because it is optimized to run on top of android very well.
6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5599; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i've had ICS on my Wi-Fi Xyboard since the beginning of Summer. it's a great Tablet especially with ICS but i'm in the process of selling it so i can get a Nexus 7.
7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Finally the users will enjoy Android better now.