The Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 are scheduled to come in early Q3, so we should be hearing something official from Moto soon. But if you’re not one to be bound by words and promises, there’s always the unofficial way of putting ICS on your tablet.
A working ICS firmware for the two tablets is now available to download and install – thanks to mattlgrof from XDA-developers, who has found the leaked files. To be more specific, the leaked files will work on the Wi-Fi model of Droid Xyboard 8.2 and Xyboard 10.1, as well as the LTE model of the Droid Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1. So basically the whole Xyboard family is invited to the unofficial ICS party!
In order to install the leaked firmware, you’ll have to be on stock Honeycomb. And for those who have made the jump, note it won’t be possible to go back to Honeycomb. But why would you want to? According to those who have tried it out , the ROM seems to run without a glitch. Everything you’d expect to see from ICS is there; the smoothness, face unlock, and a whole lot more.
Understandably, there’s always some risk when you flash unofficial ROMs to your tablets. So please make sure you read the instructions carefully. If you do decide to give it a go, the necessary files and full guide can be found there.
As for those who want to wait it out, the leaked ICS ROMs for the Xyboard 8.2 and 10.1 are a good indicator that the real thing will be released soon.