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Last Updated: August 20th, 2012

Hot on the heels of ASUS pushing out Jelly Bean to the TF300, Motorola has announced that ICS is now available for the Wi-Fi Xyboard 10.1 and 8.2.

The update should be rolling out OTA-style now, and brings a host of new features:

  • 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.

The update should be available on all U.S. Wi-Fi Xyboards now. Get it!

[Motorola; Thanks, Lucas!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I really can't help but LOL at Motorola.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Captain0Awesome Alan Shorty Swanson

      Why?

      • fixxmyhead

        Cuz only idiots bought this thing when they could of gotten a transformer prime. Some idiots will buy anything with a droid label *le sigh*

        • http://www.facebook.com/jdirry Johann Dirry

          Not only idiots. The Xyboard/Xoom2 is water splash proof and works perfectly after it got a shower. You can't do that to a transformer, which was the reason i took the Xoom2.

          • fixxmyhead

            ur that clumsy? wow
            also I think the transformer was even alittle bit cheaper too.
            I'll take waaaay better specs anyday

          • fixxmyhead

            Also to add injury the transfer pad 300 is getting JB today. Hurts doesn't it. Not ICS but JB.

          • jonathan3579

            You're kinda a douche. No, not kinda a douche but wholly a douche.

          • fixxmyhead

            I know :( but I'm a real nice guy in real life. I always give money to bums and donate to several charities

  • http://www.facebook.com/Captain0Awesome Alan Shorty Swanson

    So when will my 4g tablet get the update? :D

  • Russ Thacher

    Still waiting to get it on mine. Can't wait though

  • JoaoVr

    Hope they dont take too much time for the XOOM 2 (European Version)

  • Asphyx

    Considering the fact that ICS is so close to JB as far as hardware and drivers are concerned you kind of have to wonder why just push ICS now when it should take no longer than a week or two more to push JB to these units.
    I just don't get these manufacturers when they push year old OS' considering they know how many are sold and how many actually accept the OTAs by the time they go out.
    Don't they see that the majority of the units pass on the OTA because they have been running that version of Android for over a year already despite thier best efforts to lock down the device?

  • Matti

    ISn't this considered the Xoom2? Supposedly an "official" Google tablet (despite not having the Nexus moniker), if I'm not mistaken. If so, then shouldn't these things be on Jelly Bean already?

    • btod

      not necessarily. The G1 and og droid were kind of like nexi in that they were supported by google and provided a vanilla os much like the Xoom did. But that doesn't mean the subsequent phone in the line are going to get the same treatment. The Droid 2 was plastered with Blur and well, the G2...

    • Luke

      No the Xoom 2 is completely different from the Original Xoom. And the Xoom 2 is not supported by Google. Only the original Xoom.