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Unofficial Android 4.0.3 ICS update hits the Motorola Xoom

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After just a couple of days of the Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich being released by Google, the hardworking folks at xda-developers have already managed to tweak the update and get it to work on the Motorola Xoom.

If you happen to have a Motorola Xoom and have been itching to have your tablet’s operating system get cranked up to Ice Cream Sandwich, this might sound like great news but then there’s a snag here. The unofficial Android 4.0.3 ICS update for the Motorola Xoom is essentially still a work in a progress. This basically means that there are still a handful of things that are not working as properly as expected.

In addition to that, a green overlay becomes apparent on the screen from time to time and more seriously, the Motorola Xoom loses its camera functionality if this unofficial update is flashed onto the tablet. In short, the camera of the Xoom will stop working once you get the update to work on the tablet. This is a small price to pay if you’re really itching to get your tablet to the ICS generation when you come to think of it because the shooter of the Motorola Xoom isn’t of much use anyway to begin with.

We hope the folks at xda-developers get to have this update working perfectly for the Motorola Xoom but while waiting for news on that, let’s give the specs sheet of the Motorola Xoom a quick rundown.

The Motorola Xoom was announced back in February and is considered to be the first tablet to ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It became available in March and the tablet measures 249.1 x 167.8 x 12.9 mm with a catch weight of a hefty 730 grams.

The components lurking under the hood of the Motorola Xoom are very impressive indeed. The tablet makes use of an NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 SoC chipset to keep everything in line in its circuit board. This chipset gives the Motorola Xoom a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with a clock speed of 1GHz along with a dedicated ULP GeForce graphics engine.

The processor of the Motorola Xoom relies on a full gigabyte of RAM to support it in ensuring that the tablet always turns out a snappy performance. In terms of storage capacity, a user has a pick of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB onboard memory. Aside from that, the Motorola Xoom also comes with a dedicated microSD card slot that supports high-capacity media cards of up to 32GB for memory expansion purposes.

The Motorola Xoom has been endowed with a 10.1-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels while its pixel density is pegged at just 149 ppi. The Motorola Xoom also brings to the tablet two shooters in the form of its primary rear-facing 5MP shooter and its secondary front-facing 2MP video call camera.

The Motorola Xoom remains an impressive tablet but is actually fastly losing ground with the arrival of newer and better 10-inchers. An ICS update, even an unofficial one, will definitely put the Motorola Xoom back to the map.

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  1. You’re actually incorrect about the onboard memory for the original Xoom. It only came with 32 GB onboard memory with expansion for a 32 GB microsd card. The Xoom 2 ( or Droid Xyboard in the US) was designed in 16, 32 & 64 GB options with no upgradable memory.

  2. Thanks for letting us know how it works! Hope they will get these sorted out soon, or better yet, release an official update.

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