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XOOM 4G LTE Soak Test Apparently Rolling Out This Morning

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Any XOOM 4G LTE owners recall signing up for a Jelly Bean soak test from Motorola back in early May? Well, according to emails that arrived in inboxes last night, the first phase of rollouts should begin sometime this morning. The update will bring your well-aged tablet up to Android 4.1+, allowing XOOM owners to finally get off of Ice Cream Sandwich. 

In the email, Moto’s forum manager apologizes for the wait, but mentions that Moto had to go back to the drawing board for this one. Whatever that could mean.

Are there any XOOM owners left on Verizon that are looking to download this update once it’s available?

Hello,

Thanks for signing up for the Verizon XOOM LTE software test. I’m so sorry there was such a long break between registration and the test. Sometimes we have to go back to the drawing board — this was one of them.

The software should be pushed to your phone early tomorrow. We’re counting on your participation in the private community — so please take part!

Your input is very important to us. To ensure we hear you, please follow these guidelines:

Please post all your feedback in our private community (link below). This also where you’ll find help during the soak.
Please do not call or contact Motorola or Verizon support for help during the soak. Those teams are not yet ready to support this software.
I’m not able to check private messages on the forums during soaks, so if you need immediate help that’s not a good route to take. Use the private area instead.
If you have any problems accessing the private community, please click here for help. I know some of you indicated problems logging in when registering and I’m sorry we didn’t get to you ahead of the soak. One tip — your log-in email is the one where you are receiving this email.
Please start your visit to the private community here. You’ll find additional important information in the Welcome message as soon as you sign in.

Thanks so much for your participation! We really appreciate your time and insights.

Regards,

Matt
Motorola Feedback Network
Motorola Owners’ Forum

Cheers J and R!

  • http://www.coolmathgamerun2.com/ Cool Math Games

    Feel the sublimation.

  • kixofmyg0t

    My Xoom was a workhorse. It still has EoS 4.2.2 on it even though I no longer use it. Ive moved on to the new Nexus 7.

  • icarus130

    so glad i’m finally getting updated but you guys are too harsh on the Xoom. i use mine daily for business and personal use. it takes square payments, allows clients to sign contracts, syncs my files and everything else i need it to do for business. Prior to Chromecast, which i will be buying very soon, i used the HDMI port to stream nextflix, hulu and TVportal to my Tv with no issues…..My only complaint has ever been the weight of the damn thing. Let’s be honest, most of the shortcomings of this tablet come from it being on Verizon.

  • rdrizzle

    This is excellent news. Just in time to be replaced by a Nexus 7 with LTE on Verizon.

  • Hothfox

    Most people still using the Xoom have been on Jelly Bean for a while now so it’s still usable. I’ve been running CM 10.1 with the stock CM kernel. It runs pretty well, if not occasionally laggy. I thought about trying to sell it when the new N7 came out and getting one of those, but I’d only get like $150 for it, and it’s worth more than that to me.

  • droidftw

    I never sent my Xoom in for the 4G LTE upgrade :(

  • n900mixalot

    “The software should be pushed to your phone early tomorrow. We’re counting on your participation in the private community — so please take part!”

    Last I checked, my LTE Xoom was a tablet, not a phone.

  • Rich Nahra

    I dont use 4G on my xoom so i converted it to a wifi using this guide http://droid-hive.com/index.php?/topic/1356-how-to-flash-mz604-firmware-to-mz600602-xoom/

    Now my xoom gets updates straight from Google. Well it did anyway, i’m sure i’m on the final release, version 4.1.2 (i think).

  • Ray Gray

    Somewhere out there in America a Xoom is still working….haha

    • RLJSlick

      Mine still working great, though it’s pretty slow compared to my S4.

    • Michael Beck

      Using ours everyday. My son has his i-pad 2 and daughter is using Xoom. She blows his i-pad away sometimes. lol.

      • Ray Gray

        just sold mine for $100 for my new nexus 7 fund

  • Christopher Quan

    I still need to get it updated to LTE. HAHAHA

    • MDtammy

      I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that’s cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, http://www.bar28.com

    • Defenestratus

      Too late.

      • Hothfox

        Yeah, I missed that boat too. I just run a WiFi only ROM on mine now.

  • Joe

    My Xoom is all but worthless, Ive played around with the idea of rooting and roming it, but i keep getting confused on how to do it, so if this DOES actually come out SOON… I’d be a happy camper… any time frame expected?

    • JoshGroff

      It’s like a Nexus, unlocking and rooting/roming is pretty much a cakewalk. There’s probably a 1 click tool, I’ll look around later.

      • Joe

        Wow, if you could dig something up that would be awesome, im horrible at following directions, and im not a techy at all..

  • akazerotime

    HA, Kellex should update the XOOM image above. I almost forgot what the clock looked like in Honeycomb =P

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      That would involve us locating our XOOMs. Since we post about this tablet twice a year, it’s not worth it :P

      • akazerotime

        Ha! I’ll take a pic of mine displaying the pic of yours. XOOMception

  • akazerotime

    I laugh at 4.1.2 for the XOOM. I been running EOS #197 4.2.2 since April and love it. Even better is EOS is joining CodeFireX and bring the XOOM up to 4.3. Step up your game Moto!

    • Defenestratus

      I tried flashing EOS 199 to my tablet but it wouldn’t boot. Stuck on 189 but its still 4.2.2

      • akazerotime

        198 and 199 are bad. They can’t seem to have those builds pulled from goo.im. 197 does a good job for me

  • Xious

    This is not really relevant information for me. I’ve had my Xoom on CM10 for awhile now. It’s on CM10.1 right now and works great. Hopefully CM10.2 comes out soon and makes it a little faster.

  • jhlinka

    xoom wifi is a beast. currently on 4.2.2 rom

  • RLJSlick

    OMG it’s about damn time. I almost gave up hope that they would ever update the Xoom. I can’t wait.

  • TMKvamme

    Months ago I was trying to go back to stock so I could sell my tablet (apparently no one on craigslist understands roms) I needed files that were on motorola’s website, I couldn’t find them anywhere, everyone just linked to moto but they had removed them from their site. Anyone able to help me out?

    • moelsen8

      they’ve been long gone, but this site may help you:
      http://sbf.droid-developers.org/

      • akazerotime

        Thanks to this. I been looking to archive the files ever since Pete dropped out of the ROM game and shut down his website.

        • moelsen8

          yeah that’s what i tried to look up first. knew he got out, but last time i checked his site was still up. sad.

  • moelsen8

    bad moto

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    This should be Android 4.1.2, Build JZO54M if AOSP tags are to be believed.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    will we see an update on the original droid razr?

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Probably not. The only reason we’re seeing it on the Xoom is because it gets updates directly from Google. The Xoom is a Nexus in everything but its name.

      • Justin Ellenbecker

        The Wifi XOOM is a Nexus the LTE version is similar to the Galaxy Nexus which is almost not a Nexus. You can blame Verizon for that one but it is nice to see the update coming. There are a lot of things I was missing on my XOOM compared to my Nexus 7. Should breath a little bit of life back into the tablet too.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          Well, assuming it runs as good as it does on the WiFI-only model, you’re right. That Jelly Bean ROM on the MZ604 WiFi model made it feel like a brand new tablet.

          • hkklife

            Yep, I am still annoyed that the Xoom didn’t continue to receive official updates even though the hardware is still fairly capable. I suppose we can thank Nvidia for at least part of that. Multi-user accounts on 4.2 would have been awesome. Still glad to see the Verizon version of the OG Nexus tablet finally getting put out to pasture properly.

          • n900mixalot

            You’re exactly right. The hardware is totally capable and to be honest, Jelly Bean is an excellent version of Android. It’s really stable, quick, and ready to go … but Motorola dropped the ball and left their crown-jewel tablet hanging–and Verizon can’t be blamed because the international versions haven’t gotten squat either, nor are they expected to. That’s why I don’t trust a word they (Motorola) say, and why I sincerely hope people don’t have the same experience with the Moto X.

            The Xoom was the last major “reveal” that Google officially worked on “side by side” with motorola, and for me, it was a look at how they interact with one another–not a good experience though.

            Good luck people. Their hardware (radios, peripherals, wearables) is excellent but their phones and tablets are overpriced, and left to fend for themselves.

          • Joe

            WHEN.. WHEEEEEEEEEN WILL WE SEE IT!!!

        • n900mixalot

          No, YOU can blame Verizon but this is coming from Motorola, not Verizon. Take another look at how quickly the VZW Galaxy Nexus got 4.2.2 and get your story straight. And, the international version is stuck on ICS and will not be upgraded to JB. Verizon has nothing to do with that.

          This is 90% Motorola.