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Video: Quick Android 3.1 Honeycomb Walk-through

Whether you own a Verizon Motorola XOOM or the WiFi-only version, you should be receiving a notification to update to Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) any day now.  The update introduces a handful of much needed enhancements and more than likely a bundle of bug fixes, but most importantly (at least in my opinion) is starting to turn this into a legitimate and polished tablet OS.

I put together this quick video to show off some of the tweaks that were noticeable here and there including the new widget resizing feature.  For some reason I did forget about the ability to scroll through your recent tasks list and apologize, but I did do a walk-through of the new Movies section in the market.  I would like to point out though, that those of us that have manually updated are not able to watch movies.  That’s right, you will receive licensing and DRM errors, so if movies are your thing, you’ll need to wait and update officially.

If you would like to see the entire list of changes though, be sure to head over to the 3.1 highlights page.

Enjoy!  

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  • Jayson Shene

    In regards to movies, I’m under the impression (from something I read/heard?) that the movie rental app will not work on rooted devices like yours. I believe I heard that during a Google broadcast recently.

  • Jdogg2557

     anyone know the name of the clock widget hes got on his desktop in this video?

  • Ry

    I finally got the update, after waiting what felt like a decade. The web browsing enhancements are interesting and for some reasonthe screen colors seem much more vibrant. Looks like the browser is working again.

  • Tim

     Got the official OTA 3.1 at 2:00 am this morning.  Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  It is a great update.  Killed a lot of the bugs.Got the official OTA 3.1 at 2:00 am this morning.  Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  It is a great update.  Killed a lot of the bugs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheGennaroCalabrese Gennaro Calabrese

     Can you tell me what Widget this is running on your Xoom? http://screencast.com/t/atEypCo6WU0  ThanksGennaro

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    Ok, so I was just pushed the update to my wifi xoom. I went to settings and yes I’m on 3.1, however I have no way to access movies from the market other then going to market.android.com any tips?

  • Frstsaxman

    I just got the 3.1 update and I noticed that when u hit the hone button when in an app it doesn’t take you all the way back to your center home screen anymore, it takes you back to the screen you were o

  • http://profiles.google.com/jmkentington John Kent

    How’s the color range on the HD movies? (Assuming that you have since gotten it to work properly.) My big fear is that it’ll be like a youtube video. Even though youtube supports 1080p video, the compression still limits the color range and you can clearly see the boundaries between similar colors. That’s one thing I like about netflix, their HD video has a great color range.  between similar colors. That’s one thing I like about netflix, their HD video has a great color range. 

  • Marvin

     http://alturl.com/u6pmj

  • viewthis66

    Damnitman! I still haven’t received the update.

  • chris

     when is the og droid ganna get gingerbread!

  • Riverjao

    I got my update on my xoom today. The first time that I looked at it today, at 10:15, it prompted me for the update. I’m running a non rooted, 3G/4G capable but running wifi only device. Also wanted to point out Kellex, that now in the market it actually says ‘open’ to the apps that out have downloaded. Before there was nothing indicating that you already had that app unless you clicked on it once. So annoying. Glad they fixed that.

  • Lakerzz

    Is anyone else having a google account sync error on their Xoom? Just wondering if that can effect getting the recent update on this thing that I keep checking about every 5 minutes or so. :/

  • Marc

     Got the official OTA 3.1 on WiFi XOOM but don’t have movies in the market. Any got’s info on this? 

    • Greg G

       i got the update also and no movies in the market either…

    • Anonymous

      For some reason, movies is only being added to those with wifi&3g Xooms. Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

    • Anonymous

      I have a 3g one and got the movies in my market in a tab but I think you can still access them from the web. Was the movie studio app removed in your update as well on the wifi version?

  • http://profiles.google.com/joewoodward33 Joe Woodward

     hey kellex did they fix the lag when in portrait? and the lag if you flip it upside down?

    • Lakerzz

      I was wondering the same. I only hold it in landscape (with camera on top) just for this reason…

      • http://profiles.google.com/joewoodward33 Joe Woodward

        occassionaly I use portrait but in landscape upside down is so laggy

      • http://profiles.google.com/joewoodward33 Joe Woodward

        occassionaly I use portrait but in landscape upside down is so laggy

    • Tom Kiermaier

       They did not

    • Tom Kiermaier

       They did not

  • Tuna

    Hey just picked up a Xoom last night….anyway to get the 3.1 early without being rooted????

  • Tuna

    Hey just picked up a Xoom last night….anyway to get the 3.1 early without being rooted????

    • Riverjao

      Congrats! You’ll love your Xoom. It doesn’t come with any buyers remorse.

  • Calumnium

     so i have a 3g xoom that’s rooted and oc’d to 1.5 ghz. i don’t have the kernel that allows sd card support and i haven’t recieved an update notification soooooo… what do i do?

  • Anonymous

    Has anyone tested mouse support? Do you actually get a cursor or does it just let you sort of tab through selectable items like ye olde trackball?

    • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

      Well, considering that the mouse cursor was around in at least 2.0 (I saw it plenty of times on my OG Droid when something would crash) and the Asus Transformer has a working trackpad (with a cursor) and isn’t yet on 3.1 (still 3.0.1… grr), I can’t imagine that the mouse cursor would go away in later versions of Honeycomb. 

      • Anonymous

         Ahh. I hadn’t seen the cursor in videos/reviews of the Transformer either. Thanks.

    • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

      Well, considering that the mouse cursor was around in at least 2.0 (I saw it plenty of times on my OG Droid when something would crash) and the Asus Transformer has a working trackpad (with a cursor) and isn’t yet on 3.1 (still 3.0.1… grr), I can’t imagine that the mouse cursor would go away in later versions of Honeycomb. 

  • Azilla

    And people are already at work trying get it working for the NC yay :)

  • John Galt

     Is it just me or did the Samsung tablet look much brighter and sharper than the Xoom? For those that have the Samsung tablet, can you comment on the differences?

    • Anonymous

       It is brighter and sharper.

      • John Galt

        Is there any advantage to the xoom? 

        • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

          Its a Google Experience device and will get all the updates first? 

        • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

          Its a Google Experience device and will get all the updates first? 

  • John Galt

     Is it just me or did the Samsung tablet look much brighter and sharper than the Xoom? For those that have the Samsung tablet, can you comment on the differences?

  • skyyaa

     Maybe one of the most important changes to 3.1: they added a “Check Now” button to updates page – no more changing the date back and forth!

    • Riverjao

      Sweet! Didn’t know that. Glad to hear it.

  • Anonymous

    Ya still sitting here trying to push the update to my XOOM no luck though, even though i was told i would be receiving it before the wifi versions….

    • http://chrismlindsey.com Chris

       And you were told this by whom?

      • Anonymous

         Ummm i think they are called Verizon Wireless?? They sell a 3g version of the XOOM.  And then those other guys called Motorola said that the wifi versions would get it later in the “next couple weeks”.  I mean thats just what i saw and read on this site so…

      • Anonymous

        Droid Life?

  • Tsteege

    I just got my update and noticed that the Movie Editor now is unavailable.  Is this true, or do I just need to reload my machine?

    Thanks,
    Terry

  • Tsteege

    I just got my update and noticed that the Movie Editor now is unavailable.  Is this true, or do I just need to reload my machine?

    Thanks,
    Terry

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Look in your app drawer. I noticed that the home screen icon was just the default Android icon but if you go into the app drawer you can get it back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      Look in your app drawer. I noticed that the home screen icon was just the default Android icon but if you go into the app drawer you can get it back.

    • http://chrismlindsey.com Chris

      So on my wifi Xoom (with the OTA official update), the Movie Studio icon on a home screen went missing, but when I look in the apps, Movie Studio is still there and does work.

    • http://chrismlindsey.com Chris

      So on my wifi Xoom (with the OTA official update), the Movie Studio icon on a home screen went missing, but when I look in the apps, Movie Studio is still there and does work.

    • Tsteege

       Thanks Chris and Michael.  It was very early when I got the update this morning.  You both are right, I just needed to wake up and not just try the home screen icon.  Thanks again!

    • Huttmannb

      I have the exact same issue. No movie studio and no market movie option either.

  • http://chrismlindsey.com Chris

    The official update (OTA) on the wifi Xoom does not include the Google movies capability.

  • Hamholla

     blahhhhh checking for updates on my xoom and droid x is getting annoying =( 

    at least we have updates to enjoy though 

  • IvankaHumpHew

    I want my Droid X Gingerbread Update, not this! 

    • Anonymous

      get liberty man! best decision i ever made

      • Hopethisworks

         My phone is rooted, but I’ve never capitalized on it’s rooted potential. I’m now in the process of getting Liberty. 

  • Tom

    Has 3.1 been rooted yet?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    I thought the movie playing issues have to do with being rooted?

    • Anonymous

       I’m not rooted, but was when I updated.  Similar though.  Basically if you were rooted and manually updated you are screwed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

        Ahh gotcha.