Just when you thought that the Xoom tablet may be coming to the end of its official support life from Verizon, Google made a surprise announcement at their I/O event confirming that the tablet would be getting an official update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
That was only last month, but there are now early signs that Motorola may already be making the first preparations to get the latest version of Android on the device. An email is now doing the rounds on the Motorola Feedback Network, inviting all owners of the WiFi Xoom US model to test out a forthcoming software update.
Considering that Motorola are requiring all interested parties to fill out an application form, we would assume that this is for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and not some minor bug fixing update. To reiterate, this is the WiFi version only so those of you with the 3G version and a non-US model will have to wait a little longer for the same good news.
If Motorola are planning to update the Xoom with Jelly Bean so soon, you have to say that is pretty good going for a device that was released over a year ago in February 2011. Also, don’t forget that it took over a year for Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive officially, so perhaps Google has seen that and is looking to rollout Jelly Bean to supported devices a lot quicker this time around.
If you do have the WiFi Xoom in the US, let us know if you have received this email from Motorola or not. For those of you missing out, we would predict that an unofficial version of Jelly Bean will soon be available anyway – or Android 4.1 for the WiFi Xoom will get ported either way.
This is great news for the WiFi Xoom – let’s hope that we hear of many more Android devices getting the Jelly Bean update soon.