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T-Mobile SpringBoard gets Android 4.0 this week, three months after international variant

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Users of T-Mobile's SpringBoard tablet will receive automatic over-the-air updates to Android 4.0.3 starting from Wednesday, with the package also available to download manually.

T-Mobile SpringBoard hands-on
T-Mobile SpringBoard hands-on

T-Mobile's SpringBoard tablet, a rebranded version of the Huawei MediaPad, is finally receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, more than three months after its vanilla sibling. According to a message on the T-Mobile site, the update will be available over the air on Wednesday — eager users will be able to download it manually by tapping the "System updates (Google)" label in the "About tablet" section of the device's settings menu.

The package will include the 4.0.3 build of Ice Cream Sandwich — not 4.0.4, the latest build of ICS — as well as a number of bug fixes, including a patch for a common "Unrecognized SIM Card" error and improvements to the tablet's handling of Wi-Fi connections. Intriguingly, it also delivers improved memory allocation, which T-Mobile describes as a "critical update to allow device to receive future OS updates," raising the possibility of a boost to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean further down the line.