On the DL Show last Friday, we were briefly discussing past recalls that have happened in the smartphone industry. In the YouTube chat, someone brought up Motorola having a possible recall of a tablet back in the day, and that’s when we were reminded of this tasty gem.
You see, this was not a recall, but was Motorola politely asking for XOOM tablets to be returned so the company could install 4G LTE connectivity. Why would they need to do this? When this was taking place, the tablets were being sold without LTE support, a feature that Motorola said would come at a later date. In order to get LTE support, you had ship back your XOOM tablet, wait about a week, then Motorola would send your tablet back with the LTE connectivity. Sounds like a pain in the butt, right? Well, it sorta was. (more…)
Got to be fake. No way is this actually happening. Android 4.1.2 for the Motorola XOOM LTE on Verizon is rolling out. Go get some.
In a shocking development, Verizon approved an update to all remaining XOOM 4G LTE tablets top build number JZO45M. The update, which is
based off of Android 4.2 (not 4.1 as we previously assumed), will bring all of Jelly Bean’s great features such as Google Now, expandable notifications, multiple user accounts, and an enhanced keyboard. Oh, and don’t forget about Project Butter. (more…)
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. (more…)
Well, we didn’t see this coming today. Jelly Bean is coming to Verizon’s Motorola XOOM 4G LTE. Soak test invites are currently rolling out to those enrolled in Motorola’s feedback program, so this means we will soon see a larger roll out of the update to everyone who still owns the OG Android tablet. To clarify, this version of Jelly Bean is probably the 4.1 build and not the 4.2, which even Google has stated won’t come for the device. (more…)
Daily deal website Woot! is known for having Android tablets on sale every now and then, but today they are taking it to a new level. Just to name a few of the tablets that are on sale today we have the ASUS Transformer 10.1″ ($239.00), Motorola XYBOARD 8.2″ ($240.00) and the Toshiba Thrive 10.1″ ($249.00). You can also get the original Android tablet, the XOOM ($199.00) along with other tablets from ASUS, Viewsonic and VIZIO. (more…)
If you aren’t in the market for the newest and greatest, then this sale on Daily Deals for the Motorola XOOM may be just for you. For a few more hours, you can pick up the original Android tablet, with Verizon’s 4G LTE built-in, for just $200. Compared to how much these were sold for when they first came out, this is a pretty awesome deal. The tablets are factory re-furbished, so are by no means “new.”
This would be a good alternative for someone who wants something bigger than the Nexus 7, plus can throw it on your wireless plan.
Cheers Luke and Daniel!
A couple of hours ago, as 4.2 hit AOSP, Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ) took to the Android Builders group and announced that there would be no official Android 4.2 support for either the Nexus S or Motorola XOOM. When asked to clarify on if that means it is officially over for the devices, he declined comment. So, we can take that as a, “Yes, that’s a wrap” or “Maybe in the future when we aren’t so busy.”
It may seem like a bummer, but both devices are starting to show their age and I think it’s best for Google to start focusing their efforts on newer devices. The XOOM has had one helluva ride and we salute you for it.