How to Update Motorola Xoom tablet with ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware

Motorola Xoom LogoA huge sigh of relief as for all the Rooted Motorola Xoom users as in the due course of the article we will talk about on how you can easily apply the latest release of Cyanogen Mod 9 release which has just freshly rolled out. Please note that in the process of applying this update, you will be required to root the device in which the warranty will get void. The only way with which you can revoke the rooting access is by applying the stock / default firmware again. There are no updates on by when an Official Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 will be arriving for this tablet but its being promise made by Motorola that very soon an ICS build will be rolled out for Motorola Xoom.

This version of firmware should not be applied for the users of Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi version. Please note that the firmware which is in the form of custom ROM is nothing but the latest version of ICS Android 4.0.3 in the form of Cyanogen Mod 9. There may be some issues with this firmware as this is still the beta firmware and in the coming next few days there will be a stable build which we will be covering on AndroidAdvices.

Last time we already saw on how you can install the ICS Android 4.0 firmware version in the Motorola Xoom Wi Fi only version. Also, before proceeding, if possible then you need to note down your current firmware of your Motorola XOOM as it will help you to restore back to your factory firmware.

We will also check out on what are the features which work fully in this build followed by the things / bugs which are there in this version of firmware.


  • Fully Working Camera / HDMI / Video Acceleration Support,
  • Rogue XM kernel, which features an overclocked CPU and GPU,
  • Apps are allowed to write the SD Card,
  • Disabled the Lock Screen rotation,
  • Rogue XM kernel 2.0.1,
  • Tweaked ICS Boot animation,
  • Best battery backup compared to the stock firmware (observation),
  • Smoother than all other custom ROM firmwares (observation),
  • Battery life of 7 hours approximate,
  • New added features in the Cyanogen MOD,
  • Added launcher of CM9 can be installed separately.

Known Issues:

  • Face Unlock feature still doesn’t work,
  • Google Apps needs to be installed separately

Motorola Xoom

Disclaimer: At Android Advices, we have made sure in all respects that all the information regarding the firmware update is mentioned correctly in this article. We hold no responsibility in any manner just in case if any damage happens to your Motorola Xoom Tablet which is a very unlikely event if you follow the instructions carefully.

Before you proceed, you need to back up the data because there is a possibility that the data in the device may get lost. Also, most importantly you need to ensure that the device is left with the minimum of 60% battery charge so as to ensure that it doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

So now let’s head to the procedure to update this ICS build in your Motorola XOOM.

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