Saturday, January 21, 2012

Motorola Releases Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 to Xoom Tablets

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On January 19th, much to my surprise, my Motorola Xoom tablet received the Android 4.0 update.  Affectionately called "Ice Cream Sandwich" (don't' ask me why) the update contains some noticeable enhancements.  Since installing the update, I've noticed a more responsive and faster performing Xoom and I have yet to experience any problems or drawbacks to the OS update.
Here is a listing of what you can expect:
  • Resizeable Widgets - If you want or need more info, you can expand them.  If they are occupying too much screen real estate, you can shrink them
  • Better Spell Checking - The device now has a true in-line spell checker which is pretty handy
  • No More Contacts but People Instead - The Contacts app is now "People" and features tighter integration with social networks, especially (as  you'd expect) Google+
  • Better App Launcher - Now allows for disabling of apps, immediate uninstalling, and dragging for more info on a particular app
  • Swipe to Remove Notifications - Gone is the tapping of the "X", now simply slide the notification to the right and it slides off the screen

There are some other nice features such as the clock and task bar are formatted differently and are now in an easy to read color.  Also my default clock app is much prettier.  Overall I've been quite pleased with the update and what it delivers.  If I find more or have problems… you'll be the first to know!

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