With the recent announcement of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the recent Google I/O as the latest iteration of the Google mobile operating system, smartphone and tablet manufacturers are already rearranging their respective timelines to accommodate the development of Jelly Bean for the handsets and slates in their lineups. HTC already drew first blood a couple of days ago and confirmed that some of its high-end handsets are already scheduled to receive the Android 4.1 refresh in the future.
In the tablet market, ASUS got the better of the other manufacturers when it recently announced its plans to unleash the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to at least three of its Transformer tablets – the original Transformer, Transformer Prime and Transformer Infinity. So far, these are the only two manufacturers who have come out in the open to announce their Jelly Bean plans. However, word on the street is that Samsung is already underway in the testing of Jelly Bean for its Samsung Galaxy S III but the manufacturer is yet to confirm or deny the rumors.
Going back to the tablet market, ASUS might have taken the first step but not far behind is Motorola who also confirmed that the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi will also get cranked up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The manufacturer released the confirmation after news of the soak test for the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi that it will conduct got leaked to the press. When the news about the supposed soak test surfaced yesterday, there was no confirmation as to what software update is being tested despite the fact that there is a strong possibility that members of the Motorola Feedback Network who signed up for the soak test will be testing the Jelly Bean update on their tablets.
Looking back, when Google announced Jelly Bean at Google I/O, it confirmed that the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi will also get upgraded to Jelly Bean similar to the other Nexus devices. Although we don’t have the information yet as to when the tablet will officially get the update, we managed to get our hands on the changelog of the update to give you an idea as to what goodies and treats Jelly Bean will bring to the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi once it lands.
According to the changelog of the Jelly Bean update for the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi, once the update has been applied to the tablet, it will crank up its platform version to Android 4.1.1 and bring a more responsive and enhanced user interface. Not only that, notifications will become actionable which basically enables a user of the tablet to take action from the tablet’s notification shade. Jelly Bean is also expected to bring a smarter keyboard to the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi with a more accurate and a more relevant dictionary in tow. The refresh will also bring a more improved text-to-speech capability to the tablet which will enable a user to do voice typing on the tablet even without a data connection.
And from this point on, the waiting game for the landing of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi starts.