We have some great news for Motorola Xoom owners now, as it has been somewhat confirmed that the device is in line to be the first tablet in the world to be given an update to Google’s brand new Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 software.
Considering Google’s close ties with the Xoom tablet and the fact that it was the first device to launch with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, you could have guessed that this scenario would happen after Google’s announcement.
However, it’s always nice to see it in black and white, and some comments from the Motorola forums manager has given Xoom owners reason to start getting excited about Ice Cream Sandwich. Here is what he said recently, as reported from Droid-Life:
”I don’t know anything about if it will be first or not – have no insight into how other manufacturers do updates – but XOOM will get ICS. I just don’t have any timing to share.”
So Xoom is definitely getting Ice Cream Sandwich, but the important thing to note here is that there is still no official word on when this will be happening unfortunately. Will Google manage to rollout the first wave of Ice Cream Sandwich updates to handsets and the Xoom before the end of 2011, or are we looking at updates happening towards the first months of 2012?
We recently told you that so far, the Nexus S is the only handset confirmed so far officially, to get the update to ICS – but again no set date. Then we had news of a working ICS port for the Nexus S 4G on Sprint, while Sony Ericsson’s 2011 Xperia lineup is also expected to get updates to ICS at some point as well.
Will other tablets follow the Xoom in getting an update, or will Google keep things exclusive to the Xoom for a few months? If you own a Motorola Xoom or a different Android tablet, give us your thoughts on the news.