Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Now Live

More than 10 months after Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP, Motorola is ready with the update for two of its tablets – the XYBOARD 8.2 and 10.1. While Samsung has updated nearly all of its tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has been struggling to update its tablets and handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, forget Jelly Bean.

The company has only released the Ice Cream Sandwich for its RAZR handsets and Atrix 2, with owners of DROID Bionic still in the dark as to when their handset will get the ICS update and if it will ever be updated to Jelly Bean or not. Verizon is equally responsible for the delay in the ICS update roll-out for the XYBOARDs, all thanks to its “internal testing”.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the XYBOARDs will bring with it an updated UI, a magazine like swipe UI, Holo theme for apps, updated Google Apps, and much more. The updated browser should bring about a nice improvement in page loading times while the new kernel should also bring about a general speed boost. Other features introduced by Ice Cream Sandwich include face recognition, an inbuilt data usage tool, updated Voice Actions, and an enhanced keyboard.

The update is being rolled out via OTA by Verizon and Motorola, and users will be automatically notified when the update hits their tablet.

Motorola Droid Xyboard’s Getting Software Updates; Enables Global Roaming!

The awkwardly named Droid Xyboard(s) tablets – 8.2 and 10.1 – from Motorola are receiving software updates, which adds quite a lot of new features to the tablets.

Below is the official change-log from Motorola and Verizon -:

  • Enhanced browser performance to improve scrolling.
  • Improved touch response.
  • Maintain data connection when switching between Wi-Fi and the Verizon 3G and 4G LTE networks.
  • Successfully connect to 4G LTE network and see the 4G LTE indicator.
  • The Daily application now comes preloaded.
  • Device is now capable of Global Roaming.
  • Email & Messaging
  • Successfully open links in email without device needing to reboot.
  • Accessories
  • Keyboard function supported in docking station.

The software update enables global roaming on both the tablets, which make the Xyboard’s first device on Verizon’s network to be capable of this feat. The update also enhances Stylus support on the 10.1-inch Xyboard.┬áThe update is being rolled out via OTA, and Xyboard owners, if any, should get it within the next couple of weeks.

Motorola still has not mentioned anything as to when it plans to update the Xyboard to Ice Cream Sandwich. Both the tablets are also known as the XOOM 2 in some regions of the world, and come with Honeycomb pre-installed.