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Soak Test for Motorola XOOM 3G to Begin this Week, Must be Android 3.2 (Updated)

With the Motorola XOOM 3G (yes, we refuse to attach 4G to it) still running Android 3.1, while most of the rest of the tablet world has already been bumped to 3.2, we were starting to wonder if we’d ever see an update.  It looks now like the update is upon us.  Moto is prepping a “software test project for the Verizon-branded Motorola Xoom” that we’ll just assume is Android 3.2.

Update:  We’ve been told that the update may start to roll out on 8/3.  Tomorrow.

Here are the changes that should come with the update:

  • Optimizations for a wider range of tabletsAndroid 3.2 includes a variety of optimizations across the system to ensure a great user experience on a wider range of tablet devices.
  • Compatibility zoom for fixed-sized appsAndroid 3.2 introduces a new compatibility zoom mode that gives users a new way to view fixed-sized apps on larger devices. The new mode provides a pixel-scaled alternative to the standard UI stretching for apps that are not designed to run on larger screen sizes, such as on tablets. The new mode is accessible to users from a menu icon in the system bar, for apps that need compatibility support.
  • Media sync from SD cardOn devices that support an SD card, users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that use them. A system facility makes the files accessible to apps from the system media store.

We’ll be on the lookout for any additional details.

Cheers C and R!

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  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    I don’t care were just getting 3.2 what did we have to wait all of 2 weeks to see it not a biggie

  • John Hill

    I don’t like that last bullet at all “users can now load media files directly from the SD card to apps that
    use them”.  The keyword being “load”… initials reports of 3.2 spoke of read-only SD support.  Can anyone confirm?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Its not read only you need a file manager that is updated

  • Anonymous

    Don’t blame Moto for this. I bought a WiFi Xoom at Staples last weekend. Booted it up and as soon as I connected to WiFi it immediately updated itself to 3.2. Go blame big red (VZW) instead for dragging their feet on passing on updates just like they have with every other Android device they’ve offered.

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    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2 (64GB) and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • Anonymous

    Don’t blame Moto for this. I bought a WiFi Xoom at Staples last weekend. Booted it up and as soon as I connected to WiFi it immediately updated itself to 3.2. Go blame big red (VZW) instead for dragging their feet on passing on updates just like they have with every other Android device they’ve offered.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t blame Moto for this. I bought a WiFi Xoom at Staples last weekend. Booted it up and as soon as I connected to WiFi it immediately updated itself to 3.2. Go blame big red (VZW) instead for dragging their feet on passing on updates just like they have with every other Android device they’ve offered.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet. Now I have a reason to own this over the Tab 10.1

    I have to wonder if this might be the last update the Xoom gets. Moto and Verizon have been treating it like garbage every since it came out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kittygetwet James Sorensen

      Kinda stretching for reasons heh

      • Anonymous

        lol. No but I couldn’t use the fact that I can use an sd card slot before 3.2. If I had to choose between a Xoom and Tab 10.1 today I would still pick the Xoom.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.  Not only does the 10.1 not have a microSD slot at all, but Touchwiz will only delay updates in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know how to apply/sign up for the soak test?  I wouldn’t mind getting my updates first and providing feedback, I’m really over waiting for software after the rest of the world / wifi xoom users….*GRUMBLE GRUMBLE*

  • Guest

    I thought when I bought a Xoom that it’d be the reference device like the Droid1 was. Motorola just gives their early adopters the shaft now. 

  • Anonymous

    I know like a week ago P3Droid has said he was hearing rumors that Verizon may be cooking something up for Xoom owners since it was such a fail with LTE upgrade. P3 has been an amazing source for inside info and updates so no reason to not believe this won’t happen.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Swype can finally get their stuff fixed.

    • Anonymous

      I honestly can’t imagine using Swype on a device with this much screen real estate.  Still waiting for BlindType though.  Google did buy them afterall.

      • Anonymous

        When it was working, it was awesome!  Especially with the option to shrink the keyboard down.

  • Xoomsux

    3.2 breaks the Swype beta also because Google changed the reporting of the screen size.  Swype is waiting for 3.2 to be released on the Xoom before they will fix it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/mpaa.hasta.love.me I Pirate Movies

    People complain that their device isn’t getting updated or that the XOOM still doesn’t have LTE.  I don’t get it.  When carriers/manufacturers promise something by a certain date I treat it just like a promise from a car dealer.

    If the device doesn’t have what you want when you get it, it likely isn’t going to get it later.  Why would Moto/Verizon really want to use the resources to update the XOOM like they “promised” when they can just release a newer, more highly featured device down the road that people will inevitably buy?

  • brandon brower

    when is the galaxy tab 10.1 gonna get 3.2?

  • Anonymous

    You mean it might be coming ” sometime this week…maybe, probably not though, just wait for xda to release it”

  • http://www.facebook.com/cush2push Geoff Wightman

    man am i glad i didnt buy one of these “4g” xooms at launch  i sure would feel stupid right now 

    • http://twitter.com/UndergroundWire Andrew G.

      Why would anyone feel stupid. I bought it knowing that it doesn’t have SD Card Access and 4G LTE. Other than that, it’s a great device. I can care less for the 4G LTE chip but it would be nice to have an SD Card. But I know it’s coming so this device keeps getting better.

    • Tomd

      not stupid, swindled.  

    • Anonymous

      No doubt about it, in the 5 months I’ve had my XOOM, so many other tablets with 3G, expandable storage, non-propietary ports, and vanilla honeycomb have been released.

      Nevermind, XOOM is still the only one.

  • Hays Phillips

    I bought it with the expectation I’d get 4g by May, at August, I’m only getting 1/2 the features I purchased.  FTF

    • http://twitter.com/UndergroundWire Andrew G.

      I didn’t have those expectations.  I figured it would be a good 9 months before we will see the promised features. So by October I will be bitching for sure.

  • Mr Josh Zombie

    I’m running 3.2 on my Xoom right now (thank you, Tiamat Devs <3)

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to soak test the Moto devs.

  • Jason

    I’m just about over my Zoom! Motorola if you were wanting to pave the way for tablets you have done a horrible job! The Xoom might have hurt the whole market with people seeing how this went. Turds!!

  • Jago

    It is about time, even though Motorola has been a colossal failure with this product!  So much for being an early adopter!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll call it my Xoom LTE when it has the chip, but I go out of my way to not use the term “4G” since it basically means nothing thanks to overuse (already!) and it meaning completely different things on each carrier

  • Anonymous

    I had just emailed them yesterday about this and they gave the famous non-answer. Hoping this comes soon!