Owners of the Motorola Xyboard tablet will soon be tasting Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) goodness. This had been announced by Motorola and later confirmed by Verizon. Verizon will be rolling out the update called 11.11.27.MZ617.Verizon.en.US.
Despite the fact that this is not one of the more common tablets out there, Motorola has still decided to update the device. Granted, it is not Android 4.1 Jelly Bean yet that the users of the tablet will be getting, but still the update will introduce many features that will bring the tablet closer to the capabilities of competing tablets that already have the OS.
Among the features that ICS will be bringing to the Motorola Xyboard are an enhanced user interface, new lock screen actions, better spellcheck and text input, visual voicemail, new gallery app with photo editing capabilities, Live Effects that work with video, faster web browsing and e-mail, Android Beam, Face Unlocking, enhanced connectivity, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth HDP.
Moreover, the update includes additional features like a Direct Access Lock Screen, an easier method of creating folders, an all apps screen, an improved notifications bar, a USB driver, and a data usage monitor.
The Motorola Xyboard comes in two sizes, one measuring 10.1 inches and another spanning 8.2 inches. These tablets will be getting the upgrade through an over the air (OTA) update.
On their website, Verizon gives comprehensive information on the benefits of upgrading. They likewise provide detailed instructions on how to obtain the software update.
The download, according to Verizon, should take only 20 to 40 minutes while installation itself can be done in 10 minutes, during which users will be unable to use the device. The upgrade has an approximate size of 336.4 MB.
Users may expect the update to be available in 24 to 48 hours.