Android 4.0.4 allegedly bound for Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi

In an attempt to rescue its year-old Xoom tablet from obscurity, Motorola may soon push out an over-the-air OS update to Android 4.

Motorola Xoom WiFi
Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Motorola

Let's face it, Xoom owners could use some good news right now. Since the introduction of the then-groundbreaking original Xoom tablet in February 2011, the furious pace of Android competition knocked it from CNET's Best 5 tablets list before the year was out.

And before you Xoom owners get too excited, please note that the rumored Android 4.0.4 update is targeting Xoom Wi-Fi models only. Those of you who bought this tablet on-contract with Verizon will have to continue suffering the indignity of paying a monthly fee for another year, with no promised update in sight. Burns, doesn't it?

It makes you wonder if carrier contracts on Android tablets are a good idea at all, doesn't it? Seriously folks, you have to hate Apple a whole lot to subject yourself to a two-year contract with a not-quite-iPad, that neither the carrier nor manufacturer will care about after a year's time (*cough*Xyboard*cough*)?

For those of you who'd rather run Ice Cream Sandwich on a tablet that isn't overpriced, overweight, and under-spec'd, check out the Asus Transformer Prime or wait for the Acer Iconia Tab A510 , due out soon.

(Via DroidLife)

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Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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