If you think waiting for the official Jelly Bean roll out to the Motorola XOOM WiFi is too much (Google says it is coming), then you can go ahead and download this AOSP ROM. Developers over at XDA are beginning to port Android 4.1.1 to the first Android tablet and so far, it’s holding up nicely. Development continues as they work out bugs and what not, but it’s already pretty stable. If you want to try it out on your XOOM, feel free to follow the via down below.
As for when to expect official JB to arrive, we can expect Google to be pretty quick on an update now that 4.1.1 source has touched down. They mentioned the XOOM during the announced of 4.1, along with the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S.
Cheers Teng Taing!
The popular deals-site Daily Steals, is looking to clear out their inventory of Motorola 32GB XOOM WiFi tablets with their newest “Last Call” sale. The tabs only run $240, but are factory re-certified and come with a 90 day warranty for anyone who is wary of buying “used” tech items. As we always say, the XOOM is the OG Android tablet -being the first pure Google Experience tab on the market, the XOOM has a very healthy developer community and is also kept up quite well by Google themselves. For this price, I don’t think you’re going to see a better deal.
Via: Daily Steals
It seems that the Interwebz has been pumping out deals left and right for Android tablets as of late. The newest to hit our inbox is Groupon’s listing of the XOOM WiFi for only $340. The XOOM will always hold a special place in our hearts, seeing as how it was the first and still remains to be one of the only true vanilla Android tablets ever made. It receives timely updates straight from Google to the newest versions of the Android OS and while being completely unlockable, has a healthy developer community to keep it kicking even after Google drops support.
Cheers Terris, Anthony, and Bladelaire!
It is a rarity to see these ‘one day deal’ sites selling non-refurbished Android tablets these days, so we just had to give everyone the heads up on this deal. Today only, you can buy the original Motorola XOOM WiFi developer tablet for only $329. This tablet is the definition of vanilla Android and usually receives Android updates long before any other tablet on the market. But buyers beware, as we start seeing newer versions of the Android OS, we don’t know how much longer the XOOM WiFi will be supported by Google and Motorola.
Last night, we first reported a new update for the Motorola XOOM WiFi that was scheduled to rollout at any minute. The version of Android is 4.0.4, build IMM76 and includes quicker screen rotation, camera improvements, and the ability to change the lock settings of the power switch. While we have yet to hear of many readers actually receiving the update, the file has already been posted to XDA. So if you have a USB stick and a microUSB host cable, you can update immediately. This file only works in the stock recovery and you have to currently be on Android 4.0.3, build IML77. (more…)
Last week, we received word that Motorola was prepping a “soak test” for the XOOM WiFi, but specific details as to what was included were absent. A message we received in our inbox this evening may change the mystery, as it details a 4.0.4 update that should be here any day. According to this tip, the Android 4.0.4 build number is IMM76 and will include quicker screen rotation, a new setting to immediately lock the screen, camera improvements and more.
We do not have a date of expected release, but with notes like this floating around, we can imagine that it won’t be too much longer. Check out the email after the break. (more…)
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
It’s been a rocky road for the Motorola XOOM, the world’s first ever Honeycomb tablet. A device that was the talk of the tech world back in January has almost been forgotten about as rumored sales numbers have not even come close to expectations. With customers knowing that newer, thinner, and generally better tablets were just around the corner at cheaper prices, the XOOM almost didn’t stand a chance. And well, we’re seeing that this week as prices on the WiFi model have dropped $100 (to $499) across the country to make it more competitive with the Galaxy Tab 10.1s and Transformers of the world.
We’ve linked to a couple of deals below, one of which has the XOOM for $449:
Amazon | Staples (coupon code: 51758 for additional $50 off) | Motorola Store
So what’s next in the tablet world from Motorola? First off, they need to fix the 4G LTE situation with the Verizon XOOM. Then, they’ll likely release a newish version of the that same Verizon XOOM, but with a 4G LTE radio already built in. We’re doubting it’ll look all that different or have a bump in specs, so what we all care about is really what’s beyond that.
Does Moto have something up their sleeves for the second half of 2011? We’ve seen Sanjay Jha hint at 7″ tablets time and time again, plus there is a chance that Kal-el quad-core tablets could be seen before the end of the year. We’ve even heard the codename “Ghost” mentioned, but are unsure of the reliability of that tip.
No matter what though, Motorola needs to come back with something strong or 2011 might end up being the year of disappointments for a company that seemed to be doing all of the right things less than a year and a half ago. With devices still hitting consumers hands with locked bootloaders, they not only have investors to appease, but they also are starting to lose touch with those that actually purchase their products.
And enough rambling, go grab that Staples deal before it’s gone!
Cheers for the coupon code Max!