December 19, 2011
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When I bought my Xoom 5 months ago, I really wanted to wait for a quad-core tablet, but needed it for school. Since the purchase, I have been really disappointed with the performance of Honeycomb running at stock speeds, and even when overclocked I still wasn’t quite satisfied. Last night I installed Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on my Xoom, and I have to say I am very impressed. ICS at stock speeds runs amazing, browsing on the web is more impressive on ICS than it ever was on Honeycomb. As you can see on the hands on video below, everything is absolutely buttery smooth. Check out the video below to see Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich in action.

Also in the video I was confused about video playback and couldn’t recall what was working and what wasn’t at XDA I found this:

Doesn’t work:

  • GPS
  • Camera (missing some Motorola binaries)
  • Video Playback (with some apps like Netflix)
  • YouTube HD playback

Works:

  • Basics
  • Google Apps (via google apps package)
  • Root (via root package below)

So basic playback in YouTube works, but HD does not. Thanks to Razerbladex401 in the XDA forum’s for this ROM! A fully functioning ROM is just around the corner folks!

Brandon Sobotta
Brandon has been into Android since the G1, and has played with devices such as the Hero, Moment, Evo, Epic, Incredible 2, and his current favorite the Droid 3. His passions with Android lay with rooting and ROM's, while at the same time learning all the new tricks he can do with his Droid 3.
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