This Wednesday Motorola announced that owners of Xoom tablet have started receiving the OS upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. However the update is only being rolled out to Wi Fi versions and not the 3G versions.
Those owning the 3G version of Xoom will have to wait a bit longer.
Manufacturers of Android tablets have laid low and have not come out with any bang announcements regarding the update to the latest Android OS, the Ice Cream Sandwich. ICS came out months ago and is the obnly software that can run both a smartphone and a tablet. It has been welcomed in smartphones. Peopler loved the way it worked. Then they started wondering why there are no ICS tablets yet if the software is supposed to wow with its dual dexterity. Even tablet makers did not have anything to say on this. This year some major announcements were expected in the CES, but the announcements of any such sort were conspicuous by their absence.
There were just a couple of mediocre announcements. Lenovo and Asus showed off Android 4.0 tablets that are scheduled to be launched this year.
Now Motorola has proved true to the promise of the early update, but it is also trickling in instead of flooding the users with the awesomeness of ICS. However, analysts are not very worried about those 3G version owners of Xoom who have been denied the upgrade to ICS because they say that 3G tablet owners are very few in number anyway. So the lack of any hint of a time-frame by which Xoom 3G owners can hope to get their upgrade is not so good, but not a disaster either.
Motorola has further stated that the upgrade for the Xoom Wi-Fi tablet will go over-the-air via Wi-Fi to U.S. owners Wednesday.
The Android update to ICS lets US user experience faster browsing and the Data Manager tool. . It also offers typing via voice and boasts a Data Manager tool for monitoring and controlling network data usage. This last tool is considered to be helpful to reviewers of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone running ICS.
It was noticed by many bloggers that though Motorola claims that Xoom is the first tablet to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, Asus Transformer Prime tablet was distributed a week ago with the new ICS working inside it!
The Asus tablet is considered to be more of an Ice Cream Sandwich reference platform by developers and Xoom is taken as a Honeycomb reference tablet. So far, both the tablets are powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb version.