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Verizon XOOM LTE Gets Ice Cream Sandwich


Earlier last week, soak test invites were sent out to Motorola Feedback Members. The test was for those who have a Motorola XOOM 4G LTE on Verizon, whether they have received the LTE ratio upgrade or remain on CDMA. The test strongly suggested that Android Ice Cream Sandwich was on the way for the phone, as it had been on other handsets lately. Originally, the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE had Android Honeycomb onboard which did not carry support for LTE. LTE connectivity had to be added later on, which caused some problems for users.

Recently, the impending upgrade on the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE to Ice Cream Sandwich was confirmed by Big Red who posted support docs. According to the support docs, users of the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE will be having the Android 4.0.4 IMM76K build, the exact same one that is available on the Galaxy Nexus. Verizon explains that the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade adds several enhancements to Honeycomb’s features. There will also be fixes for some bugs that might have been bothering users. Among those listed by Verizon is the 4G LTE upgrade issue resolution, optimization of EAS setup, updated People application, and successful connection to 4G network after switching to DUAL IMSI. Ice Cream Sandwich also adds device features such as a new app launcher, better imaging functions, new photo editor, faster response time for screen rotation, and overall better device stability.

On their official website, Verizon details the installation process for the update, which has a file size of 107.9 MB. Downloading and installation is estimated to be around twenty-five to thirty minutes. There is an explanation for the Over the Air OTA initiation, and added instructions should the installation fail. There is also a note saying that Verizon and Motorola are both in strong support for the update.