Dec 08 AT 11:57 AM Taylor Wimberly 68 Comments

Google teases Android 4.0 on the Motorola Xoom


Want a quick sneak peek of Android 4.0 running on Verizon’s Motorola Xoom? Google just released a new carousel view for browsing image results on a tablet and we can clearly see the Verizon Xoom running a test build of Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola already confirmed that the Xoom would receive a software update to Android 4.0, but they have yet to release the timing.

We are still waiting to see which device will be the first to receive an update to Android 4.0, but the Xoom should be at the top of the short list since it was a Google Experience Device. Samsung’s Nexus S is the other device that we think could be one of the first, but Google has not released a target date for that update either.

As Motorola detailed yesterday there are many steps a manufacture must go through before they can finally release the software upgrade to customers. However, since the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Nexus S lack any of the custom UI skins of most Android devices, we expect them to be upgraded a couple months earlier than the competition.

Via: Google Mobile Blog

Source: YouTube

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  • YellowDucati

    Now we just wait 12 months for it actually to come out.

    • pekosROB

      12 years if this was Samsung pre-2011. Remember when people avoided them because they took forever to upgrade their devices (or never)? Samsung Fascinate, anyone? I was surprised to see it got Gingerbread the other day! lol

      And the Epic 4G’s update process to Froyo was horrible.

      • Sean the Electrofreak

        As an Epic 4G owner I +1 your post completely.

  • Futureboy

    I think we’ve had enough teasing. Bring on the goods!

    • faun

      Is ICS even all that big an upgrade over Honeycomb? I mean over Gingerbread, yes, but it doesn’t seem to me like there are that many new features if you’re already running 3.x

  • Fabio Rojas

    I hope the nexus S wins the race :)

    But in the last months i have seen carriers more eager to release more quickly updates.
    they already understood that it affects their image allot

  • james bricknell

    Worst tablet ever. Worst oem ever. Fact.

    • joe23521

      I don’t know. I have a Xoom Family Edition and the whole family enjoys it quite a lot.

    • james bricknell

      i of course have tried the tablet. thats kind of my job…

      let me clarify then Worst tablet ever. worst OEM ever. if you live anywhere but the USA. they have 0 customer service 0 update and 0 maintenance.

      they are as awful a company as i have ever seen.

      • Tetea

        “0 update?”

        Really? I can understand the bit about customer service being bad or non existent, but updates not available? Come on!

        P.S., I’m from India and have never encountered a problem at all.

    • supercaliber64

      I actually prefer Motorola. Much rather have moto UI, blot, and google search versus Samsung UI, blot and Bing search.


    Just sold my Xoom in efforts to raise the funds necessary to but the prime… im a few hundred short.. Put hoping to get the wife and mom on board to add rest for christmas.. lol

    • BiGMERF

      damm my typing is

      • YellowDucati

        You only have to have good typing if you are over 200 on the ratings so we should be safe.

    • Jamie

      I’m doing the same! Xoom was a nice first step into the tab market, now I’m expecting the Prime to step it up a notch!!

  • ArticulateFool

    I don’t like being teased! I want my ice cream!

  • Wayne Winkler

    Does anyone else feel like they need a vacation after all the stringing around by Verizon, Google and Samsung. The teasing make it stop…I’ve already pulled my hair out twice and kicked my waffle iron for something that wasn’t it’s fault.

    • Dylan Andersen

      Haha, I’m not even a VZW customer, and I have felt the pain of all the Android enthusiasts over the past few weeks. It’s really embarrassing.

  • stenzor

    This is the tablet that Hugo used to show off ICS at LeWeb yesterday right?

    • Dylan Andersen

      Yeah, he was using a Xoom.

      • stenzor

        Ok that’s what I thought, thanks

  • mikeyDroid

    I disliked my Xoom, but 4.0 on anything would be nice to actually get in our hands.

    • Alex

      Haha its been so long since we first saw it! Can’t something just come out already!?

  • eioous

    Android 4.0 is Greatness…..bring it to all devices!!!!

  • osc707

    it would be nice for this tablet to get updated, since Motorola still chooses to make sub par over priced tablets…

  • James Woods

    Apparently the Xoom at LeWeb was running ICS too… Better flash that US ROM! Damn European versions is so slow to get updated

  • btelks

    Looks awesome. Can’t wait for upgrades to ICS

  • zyphbear

    Xoom or any other tablets, lets see which company is the first to actually update to ICS. Whichever is the first will be the one I will want to make sure I buy from now on!

  • btelks

    Can’t wait for ICS!

  • heller @11:55 they show off ICS too

    • heller

      on the xoom

  • goncalossilva

    I hope they were re able to improve the “easiness” of updating devices to newer Android versions in ICS! Great to see the Xoom riding 4.0.

  • Thomas Biard

    The teasing that is done is borderline cruel and unusual punishment. If you want to punish a nerd in the penal system, show him/her Apple’s and Google’s products that will be released while holding them in solitary as all the new tech gets released.

  • superboriqua

    6 months after the Google experience devices get the update is when everyone else will start seeing theirs

  • AndroidJunkie

    the image swiping starting at 0:24 varies in smoothness. first one’s a little jumpy. maybe showing a bit of the UI priority lag?

  • HoLfElDeR

    So so amazing, lov it

  • coyotejbob

    I feel this being another bionic launch… For android sake I hope not. The sooner its out hopefully the sooner my sensation can get some love.

  • chuksy

    Sorry but Xoom is not for me

  • Matic Krmec

    Can’t wait to get it on my SGS2 and can’t wait to win some tab or to buy the Asus Transformer Prime… addicted!

  • jamal

    Looks good, hopefully ICS doesn’t melt by the time they update the Xoom.

  • Alex Pena

    Ehh,not much useful to me but still pretty neat!

  • donger

    nice that they already have a test build for the Xoom. Excited.

  • Kenneth Ohonba

    Pointless commercial……..Really a waist of time. Try making something that actually matters.

  • cristian donose

    GOd how much i want a tablet !

  • Gone

    They also showed ICS on the Nexus S yesterday too!!

    • Gone

      Sorry starting at 14:00

  • Hall Lo

    Looks pretty sweet and tasty ;)

  • Leo Young

    Lots of impatience in the Android world. Seems to me that anything that is moving so fast as to need a site like this is just rocketing along. I am amazed at the pace of development.
    Dual cores now. Four cores next year. Image stabalized, 12 MP, 1080p cameras smaller than a dime. GPUs powering high frame rate FPS at HD resolution. Amazing battery life given what the device is doing. Accelerating development. True competition. Leap frogging suppliers . . .
    Aurthur C. Clarke stated that “Any sufficiently advanced technology will appear to be magic”. I am seeing magic every day on this site. :)

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Stop teasing and give it to us already!

  • sylar

    Man I can wait for ICS to become standard on all android devices. (I bet the next version will be out by then though.)

  • omar

    Just read on fox news that a dinki 7 inch is already shipping with 4.0. Now the teasing is getting rediculous considering that i am reading this onmy xoom as I waitfor it.

  • Louis Atu

    May be this can make the almighty xoom look a little bit attractive for a short while.

  • Ilyse Rose

    All I can say is “want”

  • humidity

    It’s nice to see devices getting the ICS treatment!

  • eliander mendoza

    lagggg at 24 seconds but thats ok i still love this :)


  • KatSelezneva

    Looks good. Can’t help admiring Android developers more and more. A dessert for developers: Some Ice Cream Sandwich, please!

  • smisa27

    Not one of my favorite tablets, but I am liking 4.0 on there!

  • ramenchef

    I can’t wait for ICS to be widespread, but I have a feeling it’ll be a while.

  • Rob Vermeij

    I’m soooo looking forward to ICS. I really hope this fixes all the “sluggish performanc” issues.

  • Adam Jones

    The XOOM is. Developers tablet. That’s what they called it aat release and Motorola hasn’t changed that. I have the WIFI XOOM. it always gets updates before Verizon’s XOOM does. Got my fingers cross”d on this update. As far as who gets it first. Makes sense that wifi xoom would since ICS is Google’s baby and Google sucked up Motorola Mobility.

  • calihawki

    Wow I watched that video the other day and didn’t even realize it was ICS. Duh! I can’t wait!!!

  • Samar

    Looks good.

    • Samar

      & Interesting, If I may add.

  • Robert Whittaker

    Isn’t ICS a minor step for tablets (as opposed to mobile) as most of the features are already in Honeycomb?

    So I think the big thing is how the developers use the o/s not the o/s it self. It needs to converge so I get a consistant experience and data on every device.

    Good start to bring it all together though.