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Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced, Headed to Verizon XOOM Starting Today

Google announced during the day 1 keynote at I/O that Honeycomb (Android 3.1) is ready and should start rolling out to the Verizon Motorola XOOM some time today or at least in the next couple of days.  This is clearly the update that was pulled back at the end of April and also the same one we caught Adobe referencing in the latest Flash update.

The odd thing is that Verizon hasn’t updated their support page to show that the XOOM update is coming.  And as far as I know, we don’t have any reports of anyone receiving the update.  We should know more very soon.

So what should we expect in this new version?  We’ll see resizable widgets and probably some other bug fixes, but the big news is that your tablet will have the ability to act as a USB host which means you can pair gaming controllers, mice, keyboards, etc. with it.  And we also can’t forget that you’ll be able to take advantage of the new Movie section in the market.

For more on the day 1 keynote, check out our live blog.

  • Cferrell3

     Got my update today! Its awesome and from Verizon!

  • Vito

    Don’t worry wifi users. I just bought the XOOM wifi version yesterday and today it prompted me and updated to 3.1. BUT no netflix.I’m thinking about canceling my subscription. They are dead ducks and don’t realize what they are missing out on. I think the owner is on Steve Jobs 00′s LOL. For now I will learn to love Crackle.com till they figure out who the important customers are. I rather give my money to someone who gives a sh*t.  what they are missing out on. I think the owner is on Steve Jobs 00′s LOL. For now I will learn to love Crackle.com till they figure out who the important customers are. I rather give my money to someone who gives a sh*t. 

    • Vitos

      Don’t know why it posted a half duplicate. 

  • Benjamin_lpz

    I have xoom whit wifi, I don’t have any contract whit verizon and I got the 3.1 update today and makes my xoom very very fast on everything I love it, but sucks that the micro SD still not working

  • Anonymous

    goo.gl/trxgK

  • Anonymous

    Verizon updates are like ghosts. Everyone talks about them but few have actually seen one.

  • Anonymous

    goo.gl/trxgK

  • http://profiles.google.com/925chris Chris Ryan

    I have a 3G Xoom, am going into SETTINGS>ABOUT TABLET>SYSTEM UPDATES. Says:

    Your system is currently up to date
    Last checked for update at 9:01am.

    There is not a button to “check now” and I tried the reset by pressing POWER+VOL-UP, it rebooted, still has the 9:01am update check.

    Anyone know another way to get it to check?

  • Anonymous

    Someone received the update!

    https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/50400?start=30&tstart=0

    Makes me feel better. Now we just need an XDAer to get their update so we don’t have to wait!

  • Deezus

    This is bull$#!? !

    I love how in one conference call that updates will come sooner across all plarfomrs but 3.1 will only be available to Verizon xooms. I’m slowly getting tired of this lameass $#!? !!

    Stop promising things that your not able to produce. Roll out update to all xooms follow through with your promises. Google/Android/ honeycomb seem even more fractured today with all these half baked promises. We got movies for rent in market but no Netflix. We have an update to Xoom but only Verizon xooms. We have a music service but only by invite to special customers.

    Godamn it!!!!! Enough is enough!

    Maybe Microsoft will surpass android in 2013 or whenever. I am seriously considering the move, I mean the Zune music service is awsome, they have netflix, xbox and copy and paste.

    I go out and buy their beta product and they can’t even update it????

    Wtf

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      3.1 isn’t only available to verison xooms, that is just the first device to get it

      Netflix isn’t google’s fault. It’s netflix’s fault. Also, it is coming

      This is the price that you pay for using an open operating system.

      Google cares about its customers

      • Deezus

        Please, that’s a weak excuse for not rolling out the update to everyone. Google may care about its customers but in order:

        1-google
        2-OEM,s
        3-advertisers
        4-end user

      • Deezus

        Please, that’s a weak excuse for not rolling out the update to everyone. Google may care about its customers but in order:

        1-google
        2-OEM,s
        3-advertisers
        4-end user

  • Dj

    I think Google wanted to hold off on Motorola Xoom getting 3.1 so they told Verizon and Motorola to wait till this event so they could do another big announcement for it I do not think it was Motorola that wanted to hold off or Verizon I think it was Google that wanted to unvale it at there event it all makes sense to me

  • Matt

    Any other WIFI Xoom owners starting to feel like second-class citizens?

    • Anonymous

      Wi-fi xooms are getting updates too, have seen many on XDA saying they got it.

  • Tech

    Dont worry it will get held up by Verizon for months and then released when irrevelant….

  • Finire

    “Last checked for update at 3:47 pm”

    Nope, nothing on the wi-fi version yet.

  • http://twitter.com/TriadX1 TriadX1

    Don’t get me wrong, I am a die hard Android Fanatic, bit this is one of the few things that really bugs me about Android. Nobody can ever get dates (or other facts) down. And if someone slips and says it is coming out today, neither VZW or Motorola have the balls to come out and say that it was a mistake and will be released in the next few days or whatever. They just let people get excited, wait, and then get pissed off.

  • Eric

    By today they mean a small test group and then in a week or so we all will see it (Read between lines people).

  • Anonymous

    *Ahem* http://developer.android.com/sdk/android-3.1-highlights.html

    And we still don’t know if it’s actually today. The dude said “Today” but then there’s this: http://www.google.com/events/io/2011/announcements-archive.html#

    So someone at Google needs to tell us what’s going on for real.

    • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

      Starting today….will be rolling out for the next few weeks.

      • Anonymous

        I’m giving it until midnight before I get officially pissed. I get the goof up last week where someone let the cat out of the bag early. Mistakes happen, I know, but if I have to wait another week for an update (meaning someone actually reports getting the update pushed, pulled, and uploaded for flashing), I’m going to throw my XOOM at the wall!

        Not really, but I’ll certainly feel like doing that. :-/

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1501095082 Chris Hughes

          Simmer down yo… It’s a minor update to your tablet that he clearly says “We start rolling out today and you should see it over the next few weeks”

          • Anonymous

            This is where a PR over takes common sense. Had they said “coming in the next couple weeks” and left off “starting today” they would have avoided the perception of typical update chaos. Assuming there aren’t any significant number of units updated in the next 12 hours this is just them fueling the fire that the process is broken and lends less credibility to their quick update pledge.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “The odd thing is that Verizon hasn’t updated their support page to show that the XOOM update is coming.”

    that is easy to explain, that is because no one in these camps are on the same fu***** page

  • Pmagent2013

    What about the wifi edition. I want resizeable widgets.

    • Anonymous

      exactly, I dont understand why 3G/4G Verizon Xoom gets first class treatment. I could understand when they first hit retail shelves but now it should be both. There both Google experience devices.

      • Anonymous

        Verizon 3G version gets first class treatment because it generates $$$ every month. Simple economics.