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XOOM 3.2 Update Supposedly Supports SD Cards, But From The Looks Of It – It Only Semi-Supports Them

The Android 3.2 update started to roll out to XOOM Wi-Fi only models last week, and brought with it the XOOM’s support of SD cards. The only problem is that the XOOM is treating the SD Cards as read-only, which definitely defeats the purpose. Can’t rename files, can’t move apps to SD, and can’t move files on the SD to internal.

Very frustrating. Hopefully they’re planning on fixing this before the drop of Ice Cream Sandwich. Or maybe, we can now expect a 3.3 update? Only time will tell. Is anyone here experiencing this issue or is everything working fine on yours?

Via: Moto Forums

Cheers Todd!

  • Jamesp713

    File Manager app does all that stuff on my Xoom…

  • Colosusc

    I got a file management ap for android,…..duhhh. xoom works great and does all I need it to do, and I run my biz from it. it is a platform, and thus you build upon it.

  • My xoom recognize the sd card, but it’s not letting me put anything on it, so what is the purpose of enabling it

  • Matt Hughes

    im copying files off of the sd card (external1) to the xoom right now….

  • SoCal Dave

    Of course everyone realizes that the “SD Card Slot” is only MIcro SD right???  You are not just going to plug in an SD card.  You will need to use the USB port to connect a card reader which means you would be as easily able to view files on SD as CF.  From the description of things being potentially a one way data move I remain hopeful that file viewing will work once the 3G upgrade rolls out…

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  • Jack Sanchez

    I heard from a reliable source that the Xoom 2 will be released in 2012 with 1 hdmi port and 1 charging port. but the hdmi support and the charging capabilities will not be released until sometime in 2015.

  • Anonymous

    It’s better than nothing.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll tell you what’s F’n Frustrating, paying all that Damn money for a XOOM 3G, a $20 a month Data Plan for a device that can’t even get the 3 month promised SD software update and the 3 month supposedly hardware update to 4G. That is F’n frustrating as well as hearing the promising companies Motorola and Verizon more concerned with the WIFI Version and or the Launch of the Samsung 10.1 or design factor of the XOOM 2/LTE. WTF this Sh** is getting old – FIX MY SH**!!!!

  • Abc

    Moto just keeps screwing up their devices.  But hey…they sure promise some good stuff.

    • Anonymous

      Believe me, I’m all about dumping on Motorola after the galling disgrace of the Droid X GB update -but in this case, the 3.2 update is all on Google’s shoulders.

  • Anonymous

    I still think it’s VERY useful. For example, taking pictures with a DSLR (especially if you are a professional photographer) and being able to pop the SD Card into the tablet, you can copy the pictures off to the tablet’s internal storage, do some basic editing and upload the photos. IMO, that is how a lot of people will use the SD Card slot, as opposed to the SD Card slot being for more permanent storage.

    • Djflan

      not sure about you…but I wont be editing any 30mb JPEG or raw files on my Xoom any time soon.

      • Anonymous

        in cases like sports photography, where submitting FAST is more important than the editing, it could be useful. Also, if you’re on the road, and you just want to quickly tweet out one of your photos it would be. I agree that you wouldn’t do any in-depth editing though.

    • SoCal Dave

      If you get the Motorola Camera Connector – available on Amazon right now – even without the 3.2 update you can connect the camera directly and dowload photos to the Xoom for editing and sharing as you decscribe.  While this is good, it is not what I expected – namely to be able to use it as a file viewer.  I wanted to be able to attach the camera and view the photos on the Xoom without having to download them first.  I will overload the Xoom’s 26GB available memory rather quickly!

      • Anonymous

        hmmm, it’s odd that you can’t even view the files that are on external storage. Shitty for sure.

    • Jake

      My professional DSLRs all use CF cards, not SD.

      • Anonymous

        ok? not all use CF cards

  • Anonymous

    … come on boys, thisandthe hole non supporting of SD cards have been a security decision of google …

  • I am not getting an error using Root Explorer but it’s not moving or copying the files.  

  • Anonymous

    Odd that they cant get this right on the Xoom, because my Transformer has had a working SD slot since i got 3.1 installed the day i bought it. Why didnt the Xoom get it in 3.1? And why doesnt it work the same way it does on the Transformer?

    • Anonymous

      The Transformer support is a hack, since the Xoom is a Google Experience device, they cannot use it.

      Don’t blame Motorola, they did being it to their non-US, non-GE device. This is solely on Google.

      Granted this has already been said… on this very thread,but it seems the desire to bash Motorola outweighs facts or sense at times, so I guess restating it was kinda pointless. Oh well.

      • Anonymous

        Where do you see that i blamed Motorola? I didnt. And I didnt know the Transformers SD implementation was a “hack.” And i also dont understand why the Xoom cant use the hack. Maybe I just dont get the significance of it being a google experience device. 

        • Anonymous

          I probably should have separated out the Motorola bashing comment (sorry about that).  

          But yes, both the Asus Transformer and the Acer Iconia both use a kernel hack (I have no idea if the Thrive also uses it).  Honeycomb (prior to 3.2) did not have removable media support.  Google had stated they were working on it at Google IO, but never gave an official ETA (at the time).  Support for SD cards only first came officially to Honeycomb in 3.2

          The Xoom (like the G1, MyTouch, OG Droid, NexusOne and Nexus S) is a “reference device” meaning it runs “pure” (without custom modifications).  As such, they (Motorola) are not free to make changes on their own to this device.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully moto can fix this issue in the “coming weeks” for all those of us who paid the most and got the tablet first and seem to be getting it last. 

    • Dj

      Correction Hello it is Google that needs to fix it because there the ones that create the software they are the ones that redo it Moto Only tweaks it Asus hacked the software is it that hard to understand that they didn’t really get the software to do what they wanted to get it to do they just did a work around and Moto is waiting for Google to actually fix it where Asus only hacked it there is a difference between the two if Motorola was to go through and actually fix the problem that would be a big big undertaking for them to do on there own and maybe Google has told them they want to be the ones to solve this problem which they should be the ones to solve this problem when they are the ones that promised that this would be something you could do with 3.2 So I don’t understand what is so hard to understand that Google can’t hit the mark yet for this is it really that hard to understand ???

      • J RIDD


        • Dj

          oh so all it takes to confuse you is put no punctuation in a comment and your totally confused ..lol no wonder why your confused about this problem if your that easily confused ..lol

      • Democrat

        Does your iPhone not allow punctuation?!? You write like my ex-wife talks . . .

        • Stucoe72

          Why is everyone so bloody rude on here? Have some manners people, please.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    bwaa haa haa more Moto Xoom FAIL!!! suckas!

    • Dj

      Correction Google failed again you mean

  • WTF happened with Motorola? They release the DROID OG, start the “DROID” revolution, everyone loves the device and the company. Then, Sanjay Jha gets cocky and starts pushing out buggy devices with locked bootloaders. Sanjay needs to get his shit together and stay on top of his development teams.

    Yes, we have the great Android devs from the XDA community but that shouldn’t excuse device manufacturers and wireless carriers to start slacking with QA on products before shipping – that is not acceptable.

  • Kenny

    i moved files from my sd card to the internal memory just fine

    • Anonymous

      Did you try moving files the other way?  That’s where the problem is…

  • Anonymous

    I am not happy with the 3.2 update and not because of the SD Card issues. i don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but there are issues now with Swype because Android now reports the screen resolution to be 1280 x 752 instead of 1280 x 800 (showing the usable area w/o the softkey area). I made the mistake by uninstalling Swype in hopes of re-installing, but I can’t do that because Swype doesn’t recoginize the screen area. There are some other quirky things that happen with the screen not timing out sometimes as well as the power button sometimes not responding. SD Card would be great with full functionality but these other issues are way more important to me. If anyone knows a way to go back to 3.1, I’d love to know how.

    • DroidzFX

      Sounds like a problem with swype needing an update not 3.2

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Swype needs to fix it, but it stems from the dev community not being made aware by Android that the change would be in effect for the update.

  • Knightcrusader

    Maybe they can call up ASUS and ask them nicely how they got it working on their Transformer with 3.0.1 when the Xoom can’t do it even on 3.2…

    • Anonymous

      Actually, on the European Xooms, they already did (did you forget that whining session a bit back?)  It simply is the fact that as the reference device, the US Xoom is obliged to await “official” support from the OS rather than the hack that Asus and Acer used.

  • SD card working great on my Thrive.  (I’m not having that SOD issue either).  Also, thumb drive is working great too 🙂  Love it!

    • Dj

      So for the Thrive they hacked it to just like Asus did with the Transformer but Motorola is waiting for Google to take care of there problem yes there problem

  • G8orDroid

    I don’t have 3.2 yet so I can’t really test it, but I’m pretty sure you cannot “move” between two different mount points (ie. internal storage  & external storage).  Moving between folders on the same mount point should work though.  As someone else said, this is a software issue, not a hardware one.  Kinda hard to blame it on Moto.

    • Anonymous

      I would be pissed if my Transformer wouldnt let me copy paste from internal to external and vice versa. Unless i misinterpreted what you meant by “move,” youre wrong about it not being capable of that.

      • G8orDroid

        By “move” I meant “move”. Yes, you can copy & paste between mount points, but moving requires that the original file be erased and I don’t believe that Android supports that when moving between mount points. Different file managers may use diffrent methods to move files and may work differently, but I believe if you were to try it from a command line in terminal you wouldn’t get the result you wanted.

  • Good job Moto

  • Feeling better about my Galaxy Tab 10.1 purchase now.

    • Because you have no SD card?

      • Because he doesnt have to deal with the disappointment 

        • Anonymous

          Ohhhh… iPad logic… promise nothing,deliver on that promise and everybody is happy.

    • Xoomnation

      Why sould you feel anyway at all about buying a Samsung Ifad 10.1, it doesn’t even have a media expansion slot to talk about. Get one that does then come back…

    • Dj

      So you feeling better because there is no where to go with your device look don’t worry you can’t go anywhere with a Galaxy Tab so feel good about that it is limited I never knew that something limited was something to be happy about ..lol

  • Epyon9283

    From the android 3.2 release notes: “Applications that use the platform’s media provider (MediaStore) can now read media data directly from the
    removeable SD card, where supported by the device. Applications can also
    interact with the SD card files directly, using the MTP API.”

    Does that file manager use the platform’s media provider or the MTP API?

    • It almost definitely doesn’t use MediaStore, and I doubt it used MTP API, since that is new to 3.1. The dev of ASTRO said he would stop supporting it back at 2.2, and was last updated over a year ago (July 12, 2010 to be exact). No disrespect, it is still a great file manager, but it is outdated for tablets.

      Kellex: maybe try a different file browser.

    • It almost definitely doesn’t use MediaStore, and I doubt it used MTP API, since that is new to 3.1. The dev of ASTRO said he would stop supporting it back at 2.2, and was last updated over a year ago (July 12, 2010 to be exact). No disrespect, it is still a great file manager, but it is outdated for tablets.

      Kellex: maybe try a different file browser.

      • Anonymous

        He can try File Manager HD (honeycomb). It’s decent.

  • JL

    Works perfectly for me.

  • Frat-tastic

    I am rooted and I have not had this problem at all. 

    • Frat-tastic

      Try Root Explorer. 

  • “can’t move files on the SD to internal” 
    If the cards are read only then you can still read them… Did you mean to say the opposite of this sentence?

  • DroidzFX

    It was the same with the kernal hack. Just copy to whatever location and be happy you even have a tablet.

  • Crazydog

    Motorola doesn’t make the software, Google does….

    • Anonymous

      Motorola certainly does. Google provides the base software and Moto customizes it for their devices.

      As the post below say, Asus has figured it out.

      Moto = fail!

      • Anonymous

        Asus used a kernel hack to get the SD Card to work.  As a reference device, Motorola is obliged to wait for the official support from Google.

      • Anonymous

        You clearly have no business posting here if you don’t already know that the XOOM is a Google Experience Device, and that the Motorola hasn’t touched the “software”.

        • Hey, how about a little politeness here? Surely you would not speak to someone if they knew your ID or you were speaking in person. Your tone is provoking. Just because we are anonymous does not give us reason to pick sonline fight. It is combersome, Ckeegan, to wade through your spatj.

        • Lofang

          They haven’t customized or skinned the software, but they do have to compile to support their hardware.

  • jj12

    I love Android phones, hate tablets, bought an iPad 2 today

    • DroidzFX

      So you hate tablets so much you did not actually buy one. How you enjoying the over sized IPOD?

      • Xoomnation

        Hahahahahahaha, that’s too funny…iPod, hahahahaha.

  • palomosan

    Oh! Moto, you just keep disappointing people, when you gonna learn.

  • And Motorola wonders why their stocks are falling…

  • Sakaduski

    How about getting the update out to the rest of us already????

    • search this site, they already put it out.