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Motorola Finally Commits to Updating the DROID XYBOARDs to Jelly Bean, Doesn’t Give a Time Frame

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Late last night, a reader of ours noticed that Motorola had recently changed the status of the DROID XYBOARD tablets to “will be upgraded to Android 4.1.” The last either was mentioned – back in February – all we know was that both 8.2 and 10.1 XYBOARDs were still under review and that there could be a chance that neither would receive the bump from Ice Cream Sandwich. This appears to give the three DROID XYBOARD owners on Earth something to look for. The problem is, Motorola didn’t bother to place a time frame on the update, so it could be months. 

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And keep in mind that the original Motorola XOOM 4G LTE still doesn’t even have Jelly Bean and it’s technically a developer device that runs 100% stock Android. We saw soak test invites go out for it back in early May with no word since.

New Motorola, please get here already. The old is filled with nothing but terrible memories of delayed or broken updates.

Via:  Motorola

Cheers Tom!

  • Bobby

    Looks like you had a bit of a discrepancy on your owner count 🙂 . That’s brand prejudice for you… anyways, another owner here and it’s been great for me as well. It will be nice to have the upgrade once it does finally come out 🙂

  • XboxOne

    Commits but doesn’t give a time frame. Get it together Moto!

  • bigachx

    I’m another Droid Xyboard 10.1 owner here.. I bought it the week it came out from Verizon…and have to say once it got updated to ICS its been a pretty good device….albeit ridiculously overpriced…. but very solid! Glad to see its getting the update!

  • NorCalGuy

    Androids most famous words “in the coming months”

    • Reginald Spence II

      I thought that was Palm with webOS devices?

  • Kyle Cordiano

    They should have done this back in 2012.

  • Adan H.

    It’s so frustrating to see. The Xyboard is basically a tablet version of the Bionic/Razr/D4. How can it be that hard to make JB for it at this point? I don’t even own a Xyboard and I’m annoyed.

  • Paul Christopher

    I love my Xyboard 8.2. (won it in a contest held by verizon last year). Has been a solid tablet and is great when I don’t want to boot up my laptop or use my phone.

  • morpheus282

    Yeah, I’m one of “the three DROID XYBOARD owners on Earth” and I have to say it’s been a great tablet. I bought it on release day and I’ve used it nearly every single day since then. It’s been a solid device and the ICS upgrade made it even better.

    I know that “the original Motorola XOOM 4G LTE still doesn’t even have Jelly Bean and it’s technically a developer device that runs 100% stock Android”. It’s also about two and a half years old. That’s pushing it when (prior to Verizon’s new policy) most people were swapping devices every 20 months. The Xyboard is a year newer and it only makes sense that it would get an update first.

  • Droid Ronin

    Hopefully with the update, they can get rid of some of that Verizon bloatware and include some new add-ons like the circle widget.

  • Droid Ronin

    Sweet! My day has come…finally get to enjoy JB goodness on my Droid Xyboard 10.1! Now I get to take it out of my desk drawer where it’s sitting for the last 6 months. 😛

    • Droid Ronin

      /partial sarcasm

  • Avery Dejuan Herron

    This is why I left moto they have a history of fuk’ing their devices by either update screwing them or releasing a better device less than a month behind the latest and greatest outdating the one u just brought.

  • one of the three xyboard users

    That’s funny because just last night I noticed the status had been updated to “will remain on ICS” this was on the US, UK and French site. Just checked again and its still the same. So I don’t know where your screen shot was taken from.

    • beng8686

      Like your name lol

    • one of the three xyboard users

      OK, so it seems this only applies to the “droid xyboard” whilst the “Motorola xyboard” will remain on ICS!!!

    • morpheus282

      I’m one of the other two Xyboard users. I got the 8.2 from Verizon on release day and it’s been rock solid for the last 18 months.

      • Abhi

        I think I’m the third Xyboard user.

  • Neruda

    I quite like my XYBOARD… just not as much as my XOOM. And once I started finding apps that wouldn’t run on XYBOARD (my god, that NAME – awful) which I assume is due to the lack of TEGRA 2 – it got shelved. But the form factor of that thing is amazing – especially compared to the relative girth of XOOM.

  • Peter Blanco

    Xyboard is actually a really good tablet for the price, Jelly Bean is exactly what it needs to make it a great tablet. Looking forward to it on mine.

  • sonicemerald

    i was actually just dusting off my xoom, thinking about flashing the orca project rom onto it, then using it as a media center/rom center/something useful….does anybody know of an app that allows your phone to be a mouse for the xoom? that’s all i really want, I’ve heard of tablet remote, and it’s nice but there’s no mouse support.

    • guest777

      sixaxis app will allow you you to use ps3 controller and that can also be used to emulate a mouse… although i haven’t tried it with my xoom yet. but does on my samsung tab.

      • sonicemerald

        oh yeah! thanks, I completely forgot about that. I think i have done that before… and having the option to use a ps3 controller will be pretty nice.

  • trophynuts

    Time Frame and Android Updates are two things that don’t know each other at all….like at all.

  • shecalledmejay

    I forgot about this device lol

  • beng8686

    That was nice of you “the three xyboard owners on earth”. I recently bought one for my wife to replace her cheap a$$ built nexus 7 that got the screen broke on a fall. She likes her xyboard wayyy better and so do I. So many more hardware features and smoother running.

  • Mark2134

    Wait….. Motorola made a tablet?

    • trophynuts

      guess you never heard of the Xoom either….

      • Mark2134

        Just partial sarcasm my friend as I cared not for either. 🙂

  • Jeremy Martin

    I am still waiting on the LTE Xoom update that I was promised by Motorola

    • Blue Sun

      I’m still in the queue waiting for my prompt update to my “Nexus” device called the Xoom.

      • David Hayden

        “Google Experience” device. Just like the Motorola Droid and the new GE phones.

        • Matthew Merrick


          There are two defining features of a Nexus.
          -the stock ROM is open source
          -the stock ROM is updated by Google and Google alone

          The WiFi Xoom was a Nexus. The Xoom LTE was not.

    • Joy E. Allen

      what Joel said I am taken by surprise that people able to make $7859 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you read this site


  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    That Motorola is DEAD. We need to see where the new focus (And Google) takes them now. I’m actually excited once again about Motorola.

  • capncoad

    People really need to stop buying Moto products. They drag their feet when it comes to proper device support. Nothing has changed with the Google acquisition.

    • Xious

      Normally I would agree, but Motorola seems to be the only company that understands consumers want accessories when they purchase a new phone. So as far as support like that, they are still one of the best. But I root and load ROMs on all of my phones, so not releasing OTA updates doesn’t bother me as much.

      • capncoad

        I don’t think learning how to root and configure an android device to get the latest features should be something we expect of an average tablet owner. I’m sure you’ll agree with that at least. The average tablet owner will look at a TV ad for an android tablet running Jelly Bean and then wonder why they don’t have those features for a something they bought a little over a year ago. That is the story of Motorola. You loved it when you bought it, but 6 months to a year later you have this pang of regret that eats at you until you just buy an iPad and be done with it. But I guess you could always wash those abandonment tears down with some overpriced accessories.

        • MicroNix

          Naw, I would expect any Android tablet maker, that wants to stay in business, to upgrade their devices with the latest OS until it is deemed unable to be upgraded. Not only are the newer versions of Android more secure, its what they need to do to compete with the fruity company. Otherwise it just makes them look like they are dumping tablets on the market and running.