Back in October came the word that users of the Motorola Xoom
tablet were going to get updated to Android 4.0
. Now, owners of the Google Experience version of the Motorola XOOM tablet (which is basically the Wi-Fi only variant) have received some word from Motorola that their tablet will be involved in a project. Sure, this could be a heads-up for a minor bug-fix, or perhaps it could be something more. Consider that out of all XOOM owners, only those with the Wi-Fi only model get their updates directly from Google
instead of from a carrier. This could be a way for Google to test an Ice Cream Sandwich update on the tablet, and if everything goes as planned, widen the distribution so that the other Motorola XOOM owners get the Android 4.0 update.
The Wi-Fi only Motorola XOOM
Meanwhile, the letter from Motorola asks members of the Motorola Feedback Network to take part in a project for the "Google Experience" Wi-Fi only version of the Motorola XOOM (in the U.S. only). All details of the project are to remain confidential
and Motorola says that it could be some time before those who sign up are contacted by the manufacturer.
Motorola has been known to send out these notices before conducted a "soak test" which this sounds like exactly. If everything goes smoothly, and the "project" is successful, all Motorola XOOM users will get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich. On the other hand, maybe the project is just a bugfix which in that case would make the confidential requirement seem strange.