XYBOARD WiFi 10.1 and 8.2

If you're a Motorola XYBOARD WiFi 10.1 or 8.2 owner, you have some reason to get excited today. Motorola have gone ahead and started the rollout of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the XYBOARD WiFi 10.1 and 8.2. The changelog is packed with the typical ICS changes but in case you're wondering in detail, we've outlined them below for you all.

In other related news, Verizon has gone ahead and approved Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Motorola XYBOARD 10.1. Sadly, it looks as though the 8.2 is still waiting for its update but we imagine it can't be that far off.

Enhancements:

  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan: Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications and recent apps: You can now dismiss individual notifications and apps from the Recent Apps list with a simple swipe of a finger.
  • Redesigned app launcher: In All Apps launcher, you can now simply drag an app to get information about it, immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.
  • New System Font for Improved Readability: An entirely new typeface (called Roboto) optimized for high resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished feel to the user interface.
  • Updated “People” Application: Replaces contacts and integrates seamlessly with Google+ and other social networks.
  • Improved text input and spell-checking: The keyboard now features improved accuracy to make text input faster. It also now includes an in-line spell checker to make corrections easier.
  • Type with your voice: Now you can simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and start talking to write emails, or any other text—more than 20 languages supported. Text appears in real time, so there’s no waiting for server processing.
  • Richer and versatile imaging capabilities: For new flexibility and convenience while shooting video, you can now take snapshots at full video resolution just by tapping the screen as video continues to record. For capturing larger scenes, the camera introduces a single motion panorama mode. You can also launch camera directly from the Lockscreen. When you shoot videos, you can now choose from a number of silly faces and other fun effects which recognize individual facial features so you can give your friends big eyes, squeeze heads, make noses bigger, or change the scenery with background replacement.
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor: To help pictures look their best, the Gallery now offers a powerful photo editor so you can crop and rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects, and much more.
  • Richer, resizable widgets: You can expand widgets to show more content, or shrink them to save space.
  • Quicker screen rotation
  • A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not: shows up only when you have a pattern, PIN or password lock, it then lets you set a timer for how long it takes to lock after pressing the sleep button.
  • Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
  • Improved stability
  • Face Unlock: Face Unlock is a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your face. It takes advantage of the device front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your device in front of your face to unlock, or use back up PIN or pattern.

You'll need to get yourself connected to Wi-Fi in order to take the update but that's easy enough. If you've already done the update, drop by the Android Central forums and let us and others know how everything went.

Source: Verizon, Motorola

 

Reader comments

Motorola rolls out Android 4.0 to the XYBOARD WiFi 10.1, 8.2 while Verizon prepares XYBOARD 10.1 update

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Typo? Why would Verizon have ANYTHING to do with the wi-fi version of those tablets?!? Those wi-fi Xyboards are very limited release devices, sold only through Moto direct.

agreed. This has nothing to do with Verizon. Currently no Verizon tablet has been updated this year and all of their tablets minus new Tab 2 7 are stuck at Honeycomb two releases behind. Be very careful buying Verizon tablets.

Spot on; I was in Verizon changing our data plan over (it was actually better for us and I didn't have unlimited anyways) and was browsing their tablets. With the ability to use hotspot I have not reason not to buy WiFi tablets only. They get upgraded way faster than VZW. I was really sad to see that all the tablets in the store were on Honeycomb but my WiFi Xoom already had 4.1 on it.

Now waiting on 4.1 from my GNex...

So, if these were Wifi tablets, meaning that there was no carrier involvement in releasing them, why did it take so long to update them??? Why release any phone or tablet that you're going to drag your feet at updating??? I realize that every phone or tablet can't be updated to the latest software, because that would bite into future sales of future products... fine. But, why even release a product that is only an incremental upgrade to the Xoom, only to have it lag behind in updates??? I realize that the average person doesn't care about updates as much as we do, but that's still no excuse to release junk, promise an update, and then drag your feet. And why even release a product that is behind in software?? It seems like it would be less work to just send a finished product out with the latest software so you don't have to waste time having to test updates. Just saying...

The article should probably say that the Xyboard 8.1 and 10.1 models are WiFi only, while the DROID Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 models have Verizon-compatible cellular radios in them.

" In other related news, Verizon has gone ahead and approved Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1. Sadly, it looks as though the DROID XYBOARD 8.2 is still waiting for its update but we imagine it can't be that far off."

I had a conversation directly with Motorola support and the ICS 4.0.4 update is only available for the 10.1 XYBOARD WiFi model and not the 8.2.