As promised late last year, Motorola has issued its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the original Motorola Xoom tablet. But it’s only available to those in the U.S. with the Wi-Fi-only device. Those who have the pleasure of built-in 3G connectivity will have to wait a little while longer.
A statement issued via the company’s website this morning announces the release, and advises Xoom users to “Install today for peak performance”:
We are pleased to announce the new software update for the Motorola XOOM (Wi-Fi). Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, delivers a refined user interface and introduces innovative features for tablet users. The software update includes numerous enhancements as well as providing additional features, and will roll out to XOOM. Install today for peak performance.
So what about those with a 3G-equipped device, or those who aren’t living in the United States? Well, unfortunately Motorola’s statement provides no indication of when the Ice Cream Sandwich update will reach these users, but if previous Motorola updates are anything to go by, there will be a lengthy wait.
Pocket-lint notes that the last major update for the Xoom, from Android 3.1 to Android 3.2, first landed for Wi-Fi-only devices in the U.S. last July, but it didn’t make it to 3G-equipped devices until approximately one month later. Those in the U.K. had to wait even longer for the updates, which didn’t arrive there until November.
We’re hoping the rollout process will be a little quicker this time around, however.
If you’re a Xoom Wi-Fi user in the U.S. and you want to get your hands on the Ice Cream Sandwich update (which I’m sure you do), all you need to do is wait until you get your update notification and then proceed to download the software over Wi-Fi.
Have you got your Ice Cream Sandwich update yet?