The first tablet to be launched with Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box, Huawei MediaPad has just become an Ice Cream Sandwich slate.The tablet was launched on the market last year, but Huawei announced a few months ago that it would launch several additional colors.
Moreover, Huawei MediaPad will be retailed with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system onboard starting Q2 2012.
Although we’re not sure if customers can already purchase the MediaPad with Android 4.0 ICS out of the box yet, we have just been informed that the tablet can now be manually upgraded to the latest version of Google’s mobile platform.
Even though the update is not pushed OTA (over the air), the Chinese company provides a pretty consistent installation guide in the .zip file.
Android enthusiasts who own the 7-inch MediaPad tablet can head over to Huawei’s support site and download the 330MB file that contains the Android 4.0 ICS update, along with the self- explanatory installation guide.
Keep in mind that the update must be installed manually, so users will need a microSD memory card. Simply copy the download file to SD card root directory and then insert it onto the slot.
Boot up the tablet by holding the Volume+ button, and then pressing the Power key for about two seconds. The slate should start the upgrade as soon as the Huawei logo disappears on the screen.
Make sure the MediaPad’s battery is at least 50% charged to avoid any interruptions during the update process. It is also recommended to back up all personal data stored on the tablet.
The folks at TabletBlog.de claim that after the update, the Huawei MediaPad is noticeably faster. Transitions between home screens and apps are now much smoother and lag-free. Any issues with the keyboard being too slow have been addressed as well.