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Android 4.0.4 OTA coming to (some) Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S models, plus the Xoom

March 29, 2012

Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Motorola Xoom users have all been waiting for Android 4.0.4 updates for a while, but now they can finally (prepare to) rejoice. Yes, I said prepare to rejoice, because, for the time being, only a handful of these devices have receive the update to the latest flavor of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The OTA (0ver-the-air) updates reportedly started yesterday, but for some reason, they have only hit select models until now, as far as we know. The UMTS/GSM Nexus S and the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus should have been all updated by now, so if you haven’t checked your handheld lately, it might have a very pleasant surprise in store for you.

If, however, the update hasn’t yet graced your device, you can either wait, which is what I would recommend you to do, or try to manually prompt it, if you just can’t live without Android 4.0.4 for a couple more days.

As for the Motorola Xoom tablet, its Wi-Fi version should be getting ICS 4.0.4 soon enough, according to Google’s official statements, but it’s unclear what exactly “soon” means. To clarify the situation a bit, we would be very grateful if those of you who own a Wi-Fi Xoom could hit us with a comment below and tell us if there has been any software “movement” on their gadgets over the past few hours.

The Android 4.0.4 update brings a bunch of improvements and changes, including better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, and overall higher speed. On the other hand, you should be careful and report any bugs you might notice, as some Galaxy Nexus models had problems with the 4.0.3 build.

Other devices are expected to be updated to Android 4.0.4 in the coming weeks, according to an Android official announcement on Google Plus, but unfortunately we don’t have a list of any sort or an updating schedule.

Hoping that you are already enjoying Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich scoop on your gadget of choice, we would like to remind you to stay tuned on our website for all of the story’s further developments, brought to you as soon as something noteworthy happens.