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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.


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!]

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.

  • Ricky

    What the heck does that mean for the Xoom?!?!

    • Danny Holyoake

      The Xoom is a Google Experience device and, as such, receives updates from Google.

      Google dropped support for the Xoom with Android 4.1.2. It never got 4.2.2.

      • RLJSlick

        The wifi version received updates from Google, we're waiting for the Verizon 4.1.2 update, that appear not to be coming. My 4G Xoom is still on 4.0.4.

        • Danny Holyoake

          Sorry, I misunderstood.

          • RLJSlick

            That's ok, thanks for the help. Time to mode the hell out of my Xoom. LOL

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  • Phil

    Sweet!!! I bought one to play Ingress on it's nice to know they haven't forgotten about this device. I got the 4G LTE version for under 200 so I figured it was worth it, even more so now that they are going to upgrade it.

  • jimmyamazingz

    Hey Cameron since you are basically king of the tablets do you prefer the Nexus 7 or 10?

    I know I'm getting a Nexus tablet but your opinion would be really cool.

    I'd like to wait and see if Google does anything new with all the rumors but I can't wait to much longer.

  • boonesimpson

    funny that even under Google's control, Moto has not lived up to it's "18 month" upgrade pledge.