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Motorola XOOM Hack Provides Permanent Desktop Browser Fix, Voice Calls and SMS

Your Motorola XOOM is about to get awesome-er.  Thanks to XDA member sangreal06, XOOM owners can now enjoy the CRT screen-off animation (in portrait), enjoy desktop versions of websites without having to re-do the “about:debug” trick over and over, send SMS messages (fees apply), and even attempt to make calls (no working mic though).  It was only a matter of time, right?  And if you want to get around the SMS fee part of this, just activate Google Voice and your texts are free.  

I should point out that this hack makes the Contacts app a little odd looking since it enables calling and the dialer.  The CRT screen-off only works in portrait or when the device is upside down.  The browser fix is key though, and there is a special .apk below that will fix just that if you don’t want to mess with the other stuff.

Download (all fixes):  framework-res-040611.apk

Download (website fix only):  framework-res-uastring.apk

Instructions:

*3G XOOM ONLY.  No support for WiFi version yet.

*Your accounts and wallpaper may disappear after doing this.

*Rooted XOOMs only.

1.  Please read all of the notes from above before proceeding.
2.  Make a backup of your current framework-res.apk

/system/framework – Copy it and save it in a safe place.

3.  Download whichever file you want from above and rename to framework-res.apk.
4a.  In Root Explorer, move the framework-res.apk file into /system/framework.

*You’ll need to hit the Mount R/W button first.

4b.  You can also move the file in adb using the following set of commands:

adb remount
adb pull /system/framework/framework-res.apk
adb push framework-res.apk /system/framework
reboot

5.  If it asks you to replace, just say yes.
6.  Your phone will reboot immediately after it replaces it.
7.  You may need to reboot a couple of times afterwards.

*Note* – This process worked just fine for me, but I’m sure using adb is the much safer route.  If anyone knows the set of commands for that, please drop them in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.

Full support and the most current files can be found at this XDA thread.

  • Siva

    not working on my mz601.the system does not starting up.

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  • Jais0n

    With the uastring fixed, can I netflix now…and if not what’s the point?

  • Anonymous

    is there a video for this? im pretty new to this, i just rooted my xoom and i did it through xda but with help from youtube, i want to do this hack but i dont know where to start, any help will be appreciated, thanks

  • Curran Gehring

    Moved framework-res.apk to a new folder on the xoom becuase I couldn’t e-mail it and when you plug it into the computer you can’t see the system folder to make a copy. Then I was ready to replace it with the new framework-res.apk but everything forced closed and now it bootloops. adb won’t recognise the device anymore. Anyone know how to fix this? I appreciate any and all help. Thank you.

  • Jake

    I knew that the Xoom didn’t have telephony support, but this article says it has “no working mic”. Does that mean it can’t do voice search or other non-telephony voice functions (record, etc.)? That can’t be right, or else videos recorded by the Xoom camera would have no audio.

    • Anonymous

      Voice search works fine… I do it all the time.

  • Austin9000

    may be a stupid question but does the uastring only fix work on wifi xoom?

  • Anonymous

    Does this allow you to receive SMS messages to the Xoom’s 3G “phone number”?

    • Anonymous

      Yep.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks. I guess I now have a reason to root.

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    Excelent!!

  • Booboolala2000

    .no working mic in the hack, or on the XOOM? I haven’t been able to use any video chat apps yet, only because of haven’t tried and don’t know too many people that use those apps. I assume it has a mic on it that works though.

    • MK17

      Good question. I was thinking something similar

    • Jeremy Gentry

      yes the mic works. ive used google video chat :) i have the wifi version.

      • Anonymous

        Can you make and receive calls over GTalk, like you can on your computer?

        • Jeremy Gentry

          that would be correct!

  • S Jose923

    Can you use an app like heywire to send sms?

  • DroidzFX

    Great now they are going to start tracking our Xooms.

  • DroidzFX

    Great now they are going to start tracking our Xooms.

    • Carlito Pr787

      Yeah like they can’t track it anyways…

      • DroidzFX

        You obviously missed the point of that comment.

  • Mth2134

    And then moto says,” haha! Now we will track you thru internet use, GV texts, and we require 3 blood draws and 2 hair follicle tests a month. ” pppssshhhhh. Hack the plant! :)

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    And then moto says,” haha! Now we will track you thru internet use, GV texts, and we require 3 blood draws and 2 hair follicle tests a month. ” pppssshhhhh. Hack the plant! :)

    • Anonymous

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  • http://twitter.com/BiGGiE_Q Biggie Quan

    Has a Google Voice for Xoom been released yet or we still using the hacked apk?

    • Anonymous

      Still using the hacked version.

  • http://twitter.com/bizdady Bizdady

    Those are the commands I use to push my framework to my phone so Idk if its different on the xoom but I dont see why its any different. I dont have a xoom to try it on :(

  • Jeremy Gentry

    Free sms on a xoom, what is this “a baller on a budget”? LOL

  • Jeremy Gentry

    Free sms on a xoom, what is this “a baller on a budget”? LOL

  • http://twitter.com/bizdady Bizdady

    adb remount
    adb pull /system/framework/framework-res.apk
    adb push framework-res.apk /system/framework
    reboot

    • Anonymous

      Oh…that simple eh? I thought there was another command to mount system. :P

      • http://twitter.com/bizdady Bizdady

        Those are the commands I use to push my framework to my phone so Idk if its different on the xoom but I dont see why it would be. I dont have a xoom to try it on :(

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    • Anonymous

      Oh…that simple eh? I thought there was another command to mount system. :P

  • Anonymous

    A hack to enable SMS & Google Voice to make it free. I sense a disturbance in the Force. That being VZW increasing the cost of my SMS package.

    • Anonymous

      This doesn’t make sms messages free….you will be charged if you send an sms….unless you send it through GV which you can do anyway without this hack.

      • Anonymous

        The hack enables SMS on the XOOM, GV makes it free and VZW always wants more money. That is what I was getting at.