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Motorola XOOM to get ICS, but no definite timeline for update

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Motorola XOOM to get ICS, but no definite timeline for update
It's one of the more annoying aspects of the Android ecosystem, but one we must live with. Even if a device is less than a year old, we don't feel comfortable that it will get the newest update unless the manufacturer explicitly says so. Recently, HTC has confirmed that it will bring ICS to "as many" devices as possible, but that isn't much solace. On the other hand, Motorola has confirmed the update will come to the Bionic and RAZR at the very least. Now, it's looking more likely the XOOM will get the update, but we can't say when. 

A source from the Motorola support message boards, which Engadget claims is a very reliable source, has confirmed that the Motorola XOOM will be getting the ICS update, but there is no available timetable for the update. We would hope that a software update would be faster than the ridiculously delayed LTE upgrades that Motorola promised for the XOOM, because the tablet was designed in tandem with Google, and doesn't have any extra skin like the TouchWiz UI on Samsung's Galaxy Tab line. The XOOM was relatively quick to get the updates for Android 3.1 and 3.2, so we're hoping that trend can continue with Android 4.0.

Announcements that fairly new Android devices are getting the update to Ice Cream Sandwich shouldn't be surprising, but they definitely give a sense of relief to owners of those devices. And, with the new terms of guaranteed updates within 18 months just recently kicking in for members of the Open Handset Alliance, we're hoping that means we won't have to always look out for these news stories.

source: Motorola support forums via Engadget

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posted on 24 Oct 2011, 19:18

1. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I'd imagine there would be an ICS launch device (maybe the new Transformer) then not long after the Xoom will get it. Just like how Nexus devices (or the Droid) got device upgrade of the next gen really early.

On that note I don't think ICS will be that huge for the Xoom at launch, a lot fo the new ICS features are already on the Xoom and Honeycomb, what will be the big gain (aside from better development due to a more streamlined approach) iss down the road when more ICS Apps are out there. Which will certainly happen as I imagine Google TV 2.5 will be ICS as well so everyone and their grandmother will develop for ICS.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 20:40

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5491; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the XOOM really is the closest thing we have to a Honeycomb Nexus. i expect this to be true. i just want to see it come to the Droid 3, Bionic, Charge & Incredible 2 in that order!

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 21:07 1

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


considering that the droid 2 global was just announced to "soon" be getting gingerbread. [it hasnt gotten it officially yet]. i would bet that the xoom gets honeycomb about 6 months from now.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 22:31

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5491; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


correction: the D2G is getting Gingerbread right now and considering that the Droid X was the first phone other than a Nexus to be updated to Gingerbread i would bet ICS is coming exactly when they say it is.

posted on 24 Oct 2011, 21:08 1

4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


i meant ics not honeycomb

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