So here's a new one: a carrier-branded device is going to get an Android version bump while its Wi-Fi only counterparts are stuck on an older version. This is against everything we've seen in the Android world since the dawn of time, where Wi-Fi devices normally surpass their cellular-connect brethren on a regular basis. To make the situation even more interesting, we're talking about Verizon devices here.

Here's the skinny: Motorola recently updated its upgrade page for the Verizon Xyboard twins, stating that they would each get updated to Android 4.1.

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All other versions of the Xyboard – including the Wi-Fi-only variant – will stay on 4.0.4 according to the update page.

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Shocker, no? We reached out to our Verizon contacts and confirmed that 4.1 is indeed coming to both the 8.2 and 10.1, though there's no specific date for the OTA just yet. We'll let you know when that time comes.

Of course, there's always a chance that Moto could change its mind a bring 4.1 to the Wi-Fi Xyboards, but at this point, I wouldn't count on it.

[Motorola; Thanks, Lucas!]