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Where is My Xoom, Android 3.1 Update?!

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Like many, I thought that Motorola Xoom tablets would be getting the Android 3.1 update yesterday after it was announced at Google I/O. So I grabbed the one sitting on my desk and checked. Nothing.

The Xoom checks for system updates automatically every 12 hours, and the time hadn’t come due. So I forced it to check (tweaking the Date & Time to the future). Still nothing. I did it late last night. And early this morning. Nothing but bubkiss.

Turns out, the update will actually roll out through out the week, at least for Verizon tablets. Wi-Fi-only versions will get it sometime over the next several weeks. So if you’re a Moto Xoom owner who, like me, is wondering where the heck your update is, I hope this helps explain it.

Rarely have I salivated over something I knew so little about. Yesterday’s Honeycomb/3.1 announcement was a bit spare, but today, Motorola let loose a few more details:

  • Android Market movie rental support
  • Full support for the final release of Adobe Flash 10.2
  • Resizable widgets
  • USB support for peripherals and accessories
  • More Bluetooth support: Compatible with BT headsets in Google Talk vid chats, BT mouse and more shortcut keys via BT keyboard
  • Picture Transfer Protocol: Support for easier photo transfer to PCs (without drivers)

Are you one of the lucky few with your hands on the latest version of Honeycomb? What do you think so far? Go ahead, make me jealous by sharing your impressions in the comments.

Press release follows.

 

 

Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Software Update, Coming First to Motorola XOOM™, Delivers Support for Android Market Movie Rentals and Numerous Other Enhancements

Over-the-air software update rolling out this week to Motorola XOOM tablets on Verizon Wireless

Motorola XOOM users on the Verizon Wireless network will soon be able to rent movies, use a Bluetooth® headset during video chats, resize their widgets and more with an over-the-air software update for Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) that makes the Motorola XOOM experience even more powerful than before. The software update, coming first to Motorola XOOM and rolling out this week, delivers a wide range of new features and expanded functionality, including:

* Support for the new Android Market movie rentals service with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing on the Motorola XOOM’s high-resolution display or on a larger screen via HDMI

* Full support for the final release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web

* Resizable widgets to enable further customization of home screens

* Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras

* Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard

* Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers

* Motorola XOOM with Wi-Fi tablets and other variants of Motorola XOOM will receive the update within the next several weeks. If users have questions or need support, they can visit www.motorola.com/myxoom or www.motorola.com/support, or get help from other owners on our online community at https://supportforums.motorola.com.

Certain features, services and applications are network dependent and may not be available in all areas; additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Specific functionality and features with each software version of Android may vary. Contact your service provider for details.



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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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