Motorola XOOM Finally Gets Android 4.0.4 ICS Update, How to Trick Force Update

Motorola XOOM Finally Gets Android 4.0.4 ICS Update, How to Trick Force Update verizon motorola xoom 300x203Motorola XOOM users on Verizon are now finally getting Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA update on their mobiles. The update was rolled out to beta testers a while ago and it finally seems to have found its way out of the gallows.

The update will be sent over the air and since it is an OTA, some users might get it immediately but some might have to wait for a week or so. For those getting the Xoom upgrade, there are a few cautions to keep in mind.

Netflix and Kindle apps should be uninstalled before installing  the update, otherwise they might hang/lock-up in between use. Additionally, the CoPilot 8 app also locks up and needs to be replaced with CoPilot Standard or Premium (paid apps). However, it might be a money saver to wait for offline maps ability coming to Google Maps soon.

If you decide to dock your Motorola XOOM, the tablet will show an option to start the clock or some other docking app if it is installed on your system.

There also seems to be some problem with the backspace button on Swiftkey Tablet X and on Swype, as a user commented on AndroidCentral: “Swype occasionally copies the last several characters or word instead of acting as a backspace. Switching to the standard keyboard, finishing the backspace action and switching back usually solves it for a while.

If you have decided to go ahead with updating your Motorola XOOM but have not got the update yet, then follow the force update trick below:

  1. Go to System Settings -> Apps -> All.
  2. Find “Google Services Framework” application.
  3. Now tap the ‘force stop’ button and tap ‘clear data’.
  4. Go back to Settings. Then go to About phone -> System update.
  5. tap “Check now.”

With the above trick, most probably you’ll be able to update your Motorola XOOM to the latest release. You might have to try the above trick a few times if it does not work for you. Enjoy the Ice Cream Sandwich update and do comment if you find something different in this update.

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