Attention all owners of Verizon branded Motorola XOOM‘s and RIM BlackBerry PlayBook‘s., new software updates are available or on the way shortly. For the Android powered Motorola XOOM Verizon Wireless announced it will be offering it’s XOOM customers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for free starting June 4th. The Canadian powerhouse that is RIM announced recently released the latest version of BlackBerry PlayBook OS, 2.1, in beta form for developers.
Although both the XOOM and PlayBook are receiving updates the magnitude of the updates differ completely. For the Motorola XOOM updating from Android 3.2 up to Android 4.0 is a big change that offers new UI design and new OS features. On the other-hand the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 beta update only offers a few minor updates to the OS 2.0 PlayBook owners received earlier this year.
Here are some of the new things Verizon XOOM owners can expect from their Android 4.0 updates:
- Home screen folders and favorites tray
- Resizable widgets
- New lock screen actions
- Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks, and browser tabs
- Improved text input and spell-checking
- Powerful voice input engine – Users can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences.
- Control over network data (the G9 tablets have 3G capabilities)
- Improved accessibility for blind or visually impaired users
- Unified calendar, visual voice-mail
- Rich and versatile camera capabilities
Here’s everything the things BlackBerry Tablet OS 2.1 beta provides:
- 3 major enhancements to the Android Runtime in 2.1.0:
- Each Android app will now run in its own window.
- Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps
- In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK
- Full device encryption is now supported
- Screenshots are now saved in PNG format
- Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
- Improved folder support including IMAP folder support