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Ice cream sandwich update rolling out for WiFi Motorola Xoom

Posted on 1/19/2012 by A.A.I

The Ice Cream Sandwich update (4.0.3) for the WiFi  Motorola Xoom is currently rolling out.  The update is the usual OTA process. And things seems to be snappier and a bit more responsive.  Initially I had a bit of problem with my gmail account auto syncing everything to my Xoom, like chrome bookmarks and google plus photos. I had this same issue when when I first signed into Honeycomb.  This isn't a problem in it's self, if you want those things synced. The issue was getting rid of them if you didn't want them there. Took me a while but i was able to fix that.   I haven't had a lot of time to play around with all the apps but I'm seeing reports from most user stating that all apps are working just fine with I.C.S.

ChangeLog via Motorola

  • Updated Browser with faster rendering, zoom and pan   Users can also now save pages for offline reading and request desktop versions of websites.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs   You can now dismiss individual notifications, apps from the Recent Apps list, and browser tabs with a simple swipe of a finger.
  • Redesigned app launcher   In All Apps launcher, you can now simply drag an app to get information about it, immediately uninstall it, or disable a pre-installed app.
  • New System Font for Improved Readability   An entirely new typeface (called Roboto) optimized for high resolution screens improves readability and brings a polished feel to the user interface.
  • Updated “People” Application   Replaces contacts and integrates seamlessly with Google+ and other social networks.
  • Improved text input and spell-checking The keyboard now features improved accuracy to make text input faster. It also now includes an in-line spell checker to make corrections easier.
  • Type with your voice Now you can simply touch the microphone on the keyboard and start talking to write emails, SMS, or any other text—more than 20 languages supported. Text appears in real time, so there’s no waiting for server processing.
  • Richer and versatile imaging capabilities   For capturing larger scenes, the camera introduces a single motion panorama mode.  Also, you can now take still shots while shooting video just by tapping the screen as video continues to record. You can also launch camera directly from the Lockscreen. When you shoot videos, you can now choose from a number of silly faces and other fun effects which recognize individual facial features so you can give your friends big eyes, squeeze heads, make noses bigger, or change the scenery with background replacement.
  • Redesigned Gallery app with photo editor   To help pictures look their best, the Gallery now offers a powerful photo editor so you can crop and rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects, and much more.
  • Richer, resizable widgets   You can expand widgets to show more content, or shrink them to save space.

Checkout the new Xoom Boot Animation.

[via Motorola]

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