Cellular South has made it official that it will be selling the Motorola Xoom WiFi along with a MiFi, the latter of which you can get free if you sign up for a data contract. Yup, totally called it.
The Xoom itself will be the standard $599, so if you live in an area with good Cellular South coverage, this deal might actually be better than getting the 3G Xoom on-contract from Verizon as you can easily share the MiFi data connection with other devices. They aren't quite ready to sell you the combo just yet, but hopefully it will be available soon. Check out the press release past the break. [Cellular South]
A couple of weeks back we saw one of our forums members make their own custom Motorola Xoomcar dock, and others have been inspired to do the same. Android Central forums user buurin has taken the mount to the next level, putting it on a pivoting mount and connecting it to an amp under the drivers seat, with a volume knob next to the emergency brake. Check it all out in the forums! [Android Central Forums]
Root access is now available on the just-released Wifi-only Motorola Xoom, thanks to some enterprising XDA members. The rooting process involves using the Android SDK, as well as a fair amount of command-line wizardry, so it's certainly not for the feint-hearted. You'll also be on your own if something goes wrong, as rooting will almost certainly void your warranty.
Still, if you think the prospect of owning a rooted Honeycomb tablet is worth the risk of potentially owning a bricked Honeycomb tablet, then hit the source link to find a complete list of files, along with rooting instructions.
If you're interested in rooting your Verizon-branded Xoom, be sure to check our earlier post for instructions. [XDA]
2 years ago
Wifi-only Motorola Xoom officially available today
OK, all you aspiring Android Central bloggers out there. Pay attention, because n46kps is showing you how it's done. You've watched the unboxing, you've seen the benchmarks, and now it's time for the full hands-on review of the Wifi-only Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet.
As you'll recall, this is the contract-free version you can officially pick up starting March 27, though some stores obviously are selling them early (this one came from Staples).
So kudos, n64kps. You've done a service for your country.
So we're not really expecting anything different, performance-wise, with the Wifi-only version of the Xoom. After all, it's the same 10.-inch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet that we've come to know. But it's still good to put it through its paces, just in case. And the Quadrant score is close enough to our own in our Xoom review that we're not looking at any broad changes.
So check out some more benchmark tests from n64kps after the break. Thanks, man!
We know it must have been rough for Canadian Motorola Milestone users to see Android 2.2 Froyo rolled out to international users lately, but Telus did promise they would be releasing their version shortly after. Making good on their promise, Motorola Canada today announced via Facebook that the update is indeed now available via the Motorola support page. If you're a Canadian Milestone user, go ahead and get your Froyo on.
Also, just a little side note: You might want to follow Motorola Canada's Twitter account as well. Much like with the release of the Motorola XOOM in the U.S. they are also giving away a gold Motorola XOOM. [Facebook, Twitter] Thanks, Kelly!
2 years ago
Motorola Xoom Wifi-only version unboxed by Android Central reader
This is why you all kick ass. Android Central member n64kps snagged one of those Wifi-only Motorola Xoomsa couple days early from Staples and did up a nice little unboxing video. Yes, I've said unboxings are lame, but only when I do them. When you guys do them for me, they're awesome! :p
Anyhoo, nicely done, n64kps! Now if you can get benchmarks, a photo gallery, and a full review by end-of-day Sunday (we'll give you lots of time, it is the weekend, after all), that'd be great! Love, Phil.
Now everybody go check out the video after the break!
If you're buying a Wifi-only Xoom on release day, you might want to call your local Staples. A lucky reader did just that, and found that one of his area stores had everything set up and was selling the no-carrier, no-contract version of the Xoom tablet two days earlier than it should be. He took advantage, and after the break you can see his Xoom in some excited hands.