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T-Mobile has just updated the supports documents for the Springboard tablet, and owners are in for a welcome surprise.  The device might not have attracted much attention when it was launched, but now it's getting some sweet Ice Cream Sandwich action. Users can anticipate an OTA update to start hitting devices on August 15.

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It's understandable that you might have forgotten that the Springboard existed, but it wasn't a bad device before the Nexus 7 arrived in the same niche. The Springboard is actually a branded version of the 7-inch Huawei MediaPad. It has a 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB of storage, and T-Mobile's HSPA+ "4G" data. The Springboard is running a dual-core Snapdragon S3 ARM chip clocked to 1.2GHz per core. That chip is getting a little long in the tooth by today's standards. The Springboard is still selling for $299 on-contract.

The update takes the tablet up to Android 4.0.3 from version 3.2 (Honeycomb). The user interface will obviously be getting a long overdue makeover in the update. Other improvements include a fix for SIM card errors, power and reboot fixes, better Wi-Fi performance, and improved memory management. Users will be able to manually trigger the update in the system settings provided the device has 90MB of local storage free and at least 50% battery life.

[T-Mobile]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Brfield

    We have two of these, so this will be welcome.

  • http://twitter.com/Jose_Grullon Jose_Grullon

    Huawei released ICS several months ago and for the better... The Springboard is quite enjoyable although battery life has always been bad.

  • Ken-NZ

    Thanks to a very good sale (~US$200, no contract) I recently picked up a Huawei Mediapad instead of getting a Google Nexus 7. If it wasn't for the price they normally sell at, the Mediapad would be raining all over the Nexus' parade. The only thing about the Nexus that I would really like on the Mediapad is the longer battery life! I am loving the expandable storage and ability to use the internet without trying to find a free wifi hotspot, besides out of the box support for HDMI and acting as a USB host...

    As pointed out above the Mediapad has had ICS since about July. Heres hoping Huawei change their mind on further updates, but at least one person is working on getting CM9 ported over. From there hopefully it will move on to CM10... (I can dream right?)

    Of course the big advantage to the Nexus 7 is its popularity. The Mediapad/Springboard will always struggle for any kind of love from modders/hackers while the Nexus 7 will attract all sorts of devoted attention...

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