Ice Cream Sandwich Arrives for Verizon’s Motorola Xoom

As expected, Verizon has started rolling out to the Motorola Xoom Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.

We have heard from several Motorola Xoom owners who say that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update has arrived on their tablet bringing a host of features, fixes and enhancements along with it.

The carrier said that it would start rolling out the update yesterday, June 4th and it looks like Verizon has made good on its promise.

The changelog for the update is massive. Here is what Verizon Motorola Xoom owners should expect to see once the software arrives for the device.

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Email, Messaging and Data

+ 4G LTE upgrade issues resolved.
+ Device successfully connects to 4G LTE network immediately after DUAL IMSI switch.
+ Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) policy improvements.
+ EAS security and sync fixed.
+ Optimized EAS setup.
+ Enhanced Client Conversions with EAS.
+ Email search now available.
+ Improved email folder ordering.
+ Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan features.
+ Users have the ability to save pages for offline reading and desktop versions of websites. + Updated “People” application to integrate with Google+ and other social networks.
+ Improved text input and spell-check.
+ Down arrow added in browser navigation bar.

Device Features

+ Improved device stability.

+ Pressing the power button locks the device when you have a pattern, pin or password lock enabled.

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+ App launcher has been redesigned to allow app dragging to do the following:

• Get Information • Uninstall
• Disable

+ Improved imaging capabilities:
• Launch camera from Lockscreen
• Added effects during video recording • Single motion panorama mode

+ Added photo editor to the Gallery application.

+ Updated widget controls to allow expansion and contraction to show more content.

+ New system font (Roboto) for improved readability.
+ Improved screen rotation response time.
+ Optimized widget sizes.
+ Improved device stability limits the number of resets. + Improvements to Mobile Hotspot connectivity.

See, we weren’t lying.

Those who own a Motorola Xoom should go into the device settings to see if the update is available to download. If it is, a prompt will pop up indicating that the software is now available to download and install.

It’s a big update so it could take anywhere from 1o to 15 minutes to install and the device will need to reboot in order to make the changes live.

Enjoy the update Xoom owners, it has been a long time coming.