Motorola Xoom (WI-FI) ICS Update Released

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The users of Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi edition may rejoice because now they can update their Xoom to the latest android 4.0 ICS. This is only possible due to the developers at XDA. Some users have also reported that this update also works for the 3G version of the tablet. So those of you who are brave enough to try the update in their 3G version then make sure to make a Nandroid backup of your current installation.

This article will provide you with a guide for upgrading your Motorola xoom to ICS so be sure to follow the different steps in this guide.

Before you proceed with the upgrading process make sure:

  • your device battery is charged atleast 60%. It is advisable to do the upgrading process with a complete 100% charged battery.
  • Backup your data to your computer and also create a nandroid backup
  • Enable USB debugging from application development options in your settings. Make sure the box is checked

Procedure for Flashing:

  1. Make sure that your xoom is rooted so that you are able to make an nandroid backup and also your able to access the custom recovery.
  2. Download ICS AOSP Xoom WI-FI and Google Apps into your PC.
  3. Connect your xoom and transfer these two files to the SD card.
  4. Disconnect the device from your PC and turn it off.
  5. Go to recovery mode by turning on your xoom and when the Motorola dual core boot screen shows up that time tap the volume down button repeatedly until android recovery is displayed. Then press volume up to enter the recovery.
  6. Create a nandroid backup before you start flashing. To do this select backup and restore and then backup in the recovery mode
  7. Then return to main recovery menu and then select “Wipe data/factory reset” and “Wipe cache partition”
  8. Go back to the main menu then select “Install zip from SD card and choose the file to start updating your xoom to ICS.
  9. Then go back and select install zip from SD card again for installing Google Apps.
  10. Once done then select reboot from main menu and wait for the tablet to reboot.

After the device reboots  don’t worry it will take almost 10min to 15min before ICS is loaded. After the booting is complete enter your google account and your done.

Now you can enjoy the android 4.0 ICS goodness on  your tablet. The firmware is fully functional and is good for daily use. The developer has promised that he will be checking the firmware and will be releasing various updates for the bugs that may arise from the usage of the custom firmware.

Owners of Motorola Xoom 3G can also enjoy the ICS goodness. They can follow the same procedure for flashing their tablet. Don’t be worried because other users of 3G version have reported that this firmware works fine.

Before you flash or root your tablet be aware that you will be voiding your warranty.

About Sarvesh Darak

Sarvesh Darak is a blogger, an online marketer, a social media specialist and an Android Lover. At Best Android Blog, he writes Android news & tutorials for Android Rooting. He is the tech head and ensures that the blog keeps running at good pace. He also looks after all the SEO and promotion work. He’s from Surat, India and keep contributing regularly at the blog.

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