Well I think celebrations are definitely in order. Telstra and WiFi Motorola Xooms started receiving ICS a few months ago and Vodafone’s joined in yesterday. Now, Motorola Australia has stated on their Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update is ready for every Australian Motorola Xoom. Woohoo! Hoorah! Three cheers!
While they certainly took their time, it is definitely welcome that the update is finally here. Moto have stated that you will not be able to revert back to Honeycomb, although that shouldn’t really be an issue.
So, what to do now? Sit back and finally enjoy some ICS goodness on your Xoom!
Source: Motorola Australia Facebook Page
For all your Motorola Xoom 3G users (who got it with Vodafone) this is your lucky day! Vodafone has just announced via their blog that the 3G variant of the OG Motorola Xoom will finally be updated for some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness – and they’ve taken their time too.
The US version of the Xoom was lucky enough to receive the update months ago, while Telstra and the WiFi variants down under were dished up some ICS about a month ago. Now is Vodafone’s turn and the first Android tablet will finally be updated to the (now) second most recent Android version.
The update is scheduled to begin rolling out on July 30th, so we’ll give you all another …
As they have been doing over the last few months, Motorola Australia has assured the public of impending updates. In particular, the Motorola Xoom. However, the expected time appears to just be dragging on and on and on and on…
Now, just one day after Google has announced the next iteration of Android Motorola Australia has come out and apologised that the update is experiencing all these delays. The American version of the Xoom will be receiving the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in mid-July, making the Australian ICS update seem almost worthless.
Let’s hope that Motorola Australia get this update out ASAP as if the American versions gets to Jelly Bean before we get some Ice …
The first devices to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update are somewhat of a shock and somewhat expected. The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S will be updated mid-July via an OTA update. This was the expected part.
What is really quite strange is that the Motorola Xoom (which has received a lot of flack in regards to updating to ICS) will also be receiving the update in mid-July. Perhaps this is why the ICS update has taken so long? We can only hope that Motorola has been working behind the scenes with Google on this one to get the update out worldwide to all the disgruntled Xoom owners. If only it were that simple.
Anywho, if you’ve got yourself …
Motorola has today announced via Facebook that the Xoom WiFi and 3G has hit yet another snag in the ICS update world. After making a few Facebook statuses leading up to this one (which all lead to a Q2 roll-out), it has been confirmed that Q2 is now out the door. This is what Motorola Australia had to say via Facebook:
For all Xoom WiFi and non-Telstra Xoom 3G customers, we have had a delay in the ICS update for these variants, which means that we will not be able to deliver this upgrade in Q2 as planned. We are continuing to work through the issues and will update you when we have further details.
However, it’s not all bad …
Motorola Australia has today informed owners of the original Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom, of the ICS update timeframe. Moto Aus has pretty much let us know that the update is still planned for Q2 2012, however their are still a number of technical reasons remaining until the update can be pushed live.
It certainly is strange that there are “a number” of issues remaining, with the update having been pushed in other areas of the globe – especially to the WiFi only model. We understand that there are unique testing protocols in Australia, but that hasn’t stopped Samsung and local carriers from pushing the Galaxy S II update out in the last week!
Anyway, I guess …
Ladies and gentleman the update for Android 4.0.4 is officially rolling out for the GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S as well as the Motorola Xoom WiFi variant in the US. Seeing as though we solely use the GSM network in Australia we will see the updates to our GSM-enabled Nexus devices arriving sooner rather than later. None of us here at Android Australia have received the update as of yet, however, it is said to be rolling out as we speak. We can’t be sure of how long this will take to reach our shores down under but at least we know the update is ready. If your Nexus is updated by Google you can expect the update …
Motorola have recently updated their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update pages and there is some good news! Motorola have received some flak for their short update list, as well as making consumers wait for updates for their high-end phones and tablets.
However, the unknown is now over and the wait begins!
So if you own a Motorola RAZR or the original Xoom, you can expect the update any time between now and June (Q2).
For Xoom 2 & Xoom 2 Media Edition owners, expect the update to begin starting in July (Q3).
After the original Motorola Xoom was the first Android tablet ever running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Moto have surely taken their time to release its successor to the Australian market. But now that it is here, we couldn’t be happier!
It has a great spec list, making it a slightly more powerful alternative to the successful Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It features:
- 10.1″ High Definition WXGA touch screen
- Scratch resistant and splash-guard coating
- Dual Core 1.2Ghz processor
- 32GB on-board storage
- 5MP front facing / 1.3MP