Today, Motorola started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich ‘soak test’ update for the Wi-Fi variant of the XOOM for the people who had signed up for it. For the unknown, a ‘soak test’ by Motorola is like beta testing a new software update before it rolls out to the general users. Users who are interested in beta testing software updates from Motorola, can sign up for it from their website.
Now, one of the beta testers of Ice Cream Sandwich ‘soak test’ has uploaded the installation zip file for all other XOOM owners to install on their tablet.
Since the update is an incremental one, and not a full one, users will need to make sure they are running the stock Honeycomb build with the latest software update installed, without any root access or other modifications. XOOM owners will also need a USB Host/OTG cable and a FAT32 formatted Pen drive to install this update. Also, you will need access to a Windows PC with adb installed on it.
Before proceeding, please be noted that this update.zip will only work for the Wi-Fi variant of the XOOM.Here are the steps on how to install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on your XOOM manually -:
Step 1: First and foremost, download the Ice Cream Sandwich update zip file from here. Once downloaded, transfer the zip file to your FAT32 formatted pen drive.
Step 2: Enable USB Debugging (Settings->Applications>Development) on your XOOM and then connect it to your PC. Start adb and reboot your tablet in recovery mode by entering ‘adb reboot recovery’.
If the command fails for some reason, make sure adb is detecting your Android device by entering ‘adb devices’.
Step 3: While your XOOM restarts, connect the USB Host cable and the Pen Drive to it.
Once your XOOM boots into Recovery mode use the Volume buttons to navigate to the ‘Apply update from USB drive’ option and select it by pressing the Power key. Now, select the Ice Cream Sandwich update.zip file from the your pen drive
Step 4: After the update is installed, restart your XOOM. You have now successfully managed to install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on your XOOM!