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Motorola XOOM the First Tablet to get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich?

The Motorola XOOM could be the first tablet which will receive Google's next generation mobile platform, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That's according to Fuad Abazovic, from Fudzilla (opens in new tab), who says he had heard the rumour "repeatedly".

It does make sense given that Motorola Mobility is now owned by Google and Ice Cream Sandwich is likely to have been developed on Motorola XOOM tablets. It's worth noting that the XOOM was also the first tablet back in January to get Honeycomb.

Similarly, we expect the XOOM with the ICS upgrade to come without Motoblur, Motorola's proprietary user interface, which cuts down development time. Other Android Honeycomb tablets like the Asus Transformer, the Galaxy Tab, the HTC Flyer and a few others will almost certainly get Ice Cream Sandwich after the XOOM.

Amongst the questions that remain are: What will the minimum screen resolution and the minimum hardware configuration for Ice Cream Sandwich be? Will Ice Cream Sandwich mean that tablets start to offer voice features (like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab)? How will Ice Cream Sandwich deal with the different screen ratio? And perhaps most importantly, when will it merge with Chrome OS.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.