Motorola Xoom owners were greeted with a nice surprise today in the form of an update that included the latest version of the Android Market.
Similar to the Market already available on most phones, the latest tablet-optimized version of the Android Market features a tile layout that easily organizes new apps, games, books and more. From the homescreen in the Market, you can swipe left or right to browse apps and/or look up content by category. If you take a look at the video below, you may recognize the layout when browsing by category. That’s because it’s nearly identical to what Google suggested developers use when updating their apps for use with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Other than the new Market, nothing spectacular has changed. Which may actually be a good thing. Traditionally, right before a major firmware release, Google will send out a maintenance update to handsets in preparation. Just yesterday, the GSM version of the Nexus S was updated to 2.3.6, with no visible changes in store. Today, it’s the Xoom’s turn. Both updates may be a good sign that Google will not only reveal Ice Cream Sandwich on October 11, but begin rolling it out as well. Just under two weeks to go until we officially find out.