Motorola XOOM gets an unofficial Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich port

Motorola XOOM gets an unofficial Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich port
First the good news: there is a way of getting Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich running on a Motorola XOOM. And now the bad news: it is just an unofficial port and it does not work quite as one would expect. In particular, the GPS and the camera on the tablet are not usable. It is also said that some videos will not play, such as HD footage from YouTube and Netflix streams.

Still, judging by the comments that the XDA Developers members have posted in the thread, the custom ROM is quite usable and should run smoother than the Honeycomb that the Motorola XOOM comes with. And since this is a work in progress, its future releases are likely to take care of the aforementioned issues.

On the other hand, if you do not have the patience and you want to experience Ice Cream Sandwich on your old-school XOOM today, just follow the source link below for instructions. And be aware that flashing custom ROMs is risky, so proceed only if you know what you are doing. Those who manage to get it running are free to brag about it in the comments.



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  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC

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6 Comments

1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Hurry up and get that s**t on the GT10.1!!

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1346; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Tried it out and it works well but another missing feature, as far as I saw, was the Android market. However, ICS will breath additional life into the Xoom and make it a good contender. especially the LTE upgraded models. I removed it off my xoom since the camera, GPS and Netflix are not yet functional. Having the former two option working on my xoom are must have since I enjoytaking a seat in a conner and watching movies when I go shopping with my wife and daughter.

3. Nick_T

Posts: 184; Member since: May 27, 2011

Thanks for letting us know how it works! Hope they will get these sorted out soon, or better yet, release an official update.

4. bohannibal

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2009

Thanks for the info I think I will wait for the real one I don't want to give up any features I use my camera alot but I also have the Samsung galaxy nexus 4G LTE so i got my ICS fix already :-)

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1346; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The latest built is very solid. I decided to give it another try as realized that I really don't use the. XOOM's camera all that often. I must say ICS is absolutely phenomena on the device. It really makes the Zoom feel like a new tablet. In fact he display of the Zoom seems to have vastly improved and the overall speed is just as fluid as the Ipad2. The Google apps are all operational and most third party apps that have been optimized for ICS work exceptionally well. The predictive typing, spelling, auto correction, suggestive word replacement and ICS keybord are impeccable. Google nailed this features. All in all I am really happy with the current built and can't. Wait for Motorola to release the binary drivers for the camera and GPS.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1346; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The latest built is very solid. I decided to give it another try as I realized that I really don't use the. XOOM's camera all that often. I must say ICS is absolutely phenomena on the device. 1. It really makes the Zoom feel like a new tablet. In fact the display of the Zoom seems to have vastly improved and the overall speed is just as fluid as the Ipad2.(to give a fair comparison) 2.The Google apps are all operational and most third party apps that have been optimized for ICS work exceptionally well. 3. The predictive typing, spelling, auto correction, suggestive word replacement and ICS keybord are impeccable. Google nailed these features. All in all I am really happy with the current built and can't wait for Motorola to release the binary drivers for the camera and GPS.

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