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3 years ago

Ubuntu on the Motorola Xoom - For better or worse

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Since the Motorola Xoom can be rooted and unlocked it was only a matter of time before someone tried loading an OS that shouldn't be on there, onto one. As such, the above video shows us that Ubuntu can indeed be loaded up on the Motorola Xoom and while it's certainly not running at optimal speeds the fact it loads at all gives hope to some. If you fancy jamming Ubuntu onto your Motorola Xoom hit up the source link for the full installation instructions. [TRSohmers via Xoom Forums]

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3 years ago

Google Voice will be updated for Motorola Xoom, Honeycomb

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Those who have picked up a Motorola Xoom upon launch have noticed the absence of an extremely popular app from the Android Market: Google Voice. You can sideload it onto your Xoom, but it will crash when launching (see picture above).

The good news is that the app is currently being developed and optimized for Honeycomb; the bad news being that we don't know when we can expect to see it. Here is what Google employee Zeke had to say in the Google Voice forums.

Glad to hear from so many Xoom early adopters! As you've noticed, Google Voice isn't available for Honeycomb yet. We're working on it, and I'll update this thread as more info is available.

For questions or comments about Google Voice for the Xoom or other issues you want to talk about, visit our Motorola Xoom Forum. [Google Voice Forums via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom stock SBF leaked

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Motorola and Google made the Xoom with an unlockable boot loader (thanks for that!), so it's great news when the hacking community has a way to roll things back to stock.  You never know when your experiments with Android get you so far off base that you need to return to something stable, or when you might need to prepare for any future OTA updates.  That's why we're really happy to see the stock SBF file leaked out -- it allows anyone and everyone to go straight back to the software the Xoom was shipped with, using RSD lite.

We're unsure about Motorola's feelings about this one, they usually don't take kindly to their factory SBF files getting leaked, so this might not last long.  You can get the download links, and a bit more information at the source link. [XDA-Developers via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Motorola will upgrade unlocked Xooms with LTE data, no questions asked

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Good news for those of you who might have unlocked and/or rooted your Motorola Xoom -- to the surprise of few of us here, you should have no problem with Motorola upgrading it to LTE. That's in contrary to a story that circulated earlier this week. Originating from the "Moto Xpert" DansDroid on the Motorola Support Forums, it was said that "If your Xoom is rooted it will not be upgraded by Motorola."

We'd been waiting on official word from Motorola but now have semi-official word through the same Moto support forum, this time from the infamous forums manager Matt. And he states: 

All Motorola XOOM tablets on the Verizon Wireless network are eligible to receive an upgrade to support 4G LTE. This includes those that have been unlocked; however, those units must be submitted for upgrade with the original factory software reinstalled and the device relocked in order to receive the upgrade.

For devices that are returned unlocked, Motorola will attempt to complete the upgrade, but may be unable to update the software. In these cases, the device will be returned to the consumer with just the 4G LTE modem installed.

We're really not at all worried about this. If you're the type who unlocks and roots your Xoom, you're also likely able to roll it back and re-lock it before sending it back in. Sky's not falling, folks, though you'll still have to actually be without your Xoom for a week, and pray it gets back to you safely. [Motorola Support Forums, 2 via Android Central Forums]

Update: Oh, and speaking of getting your Xoom back to stock ...

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3 years ago

Samsung reconsidering Galaxy Tab 10.1 price after iPad 2 announcement

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Apple's recently-announced iPad 2 will provide some strong competition to the current crop of Honeycomb tablets, and it looks like manufacturers are already taking note of the threat posed by Apple's latest tablet.

Speaking to a Korean news agency, Samsung executive Lee Don-joo acknowledged that the iPad 2's low price point and thinner chassis were the biggest obstacles facing the company as it prepares to launch its 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab. In future products Lee says Samsung "will have to improve the parts that are inadequate," likely referring to the 10.1-inch Tab's additional heft compared to the new iPad.

Most interestingly though, Lee adds that Sammy may be reconsidering the launch price for its new tablet, saying "the 10-inch (tablet) was to be priced higher than the 7-inch (tablet) but we will have to think that over." The 7-inch Galaxy Tab currently retails at around $500, the same as the cheapest iPad 2. A 10.1-inch Honeycomb-powered Galaxy Tab at this price point would be a tantalizing prospect, if Samsung is willing to be as competitive with its pricing as Lee's comments would suggest. [Yonhap News Agency]

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3 years ago

UK 3G Xoom now available for pre-order for £600, coming 'early April'

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Following yesterday's price and availability announcement for the UK Wi-Fi Xoom, the Carphone Warehouse has updated its preview page with pre-order pricing and other info for the UK 3G version of Motorola's Honeycomb tablet. Carphone has priced the 3G Xoom at £599.99 (~$960) SIM-free, a £100 bump from the Wi-Fi-only version. There's been no mention of any subsidized on-contract prices, however the retailer is sweetening the SIM-free deal with the inclusion of a free charging dock worth £34.99. The shipping date has also been updated from "April" to "early April", so it'll likely arrive around the same time as the Wi-Fi version, which will ship during the first week of April. [Carphone Warehouse]

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3 years ago

Sam's Club prepping to sell Wifi-only version of Xoom with 'Homeycomb'

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No, your eyes do not deceive you. What you see here supposedly is a display at a Sam's Club trainer store (a faux store where they show real stores how it's done) with a Wifi-only Motorola Xoom. At least, that's what the display says. No telling when it might actually be coming, and considering the price tag shows it running Android 2.0 "Homeycomb" -- there's a Photoshop contest waiting to happen -- well, we'll just have to see, won't we.

As for the $539 price? We'd still like to see a sub-$500 listing, but it's certainly a little more in the ballpark. [Droid-Life via Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

European Xoom will have Flash at launch in the first week of April

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Good news for those of you awaiting the Motorola Xoom in Europe -- it'll have Adobe Flash Player out of the box when it launches in the first week of April. That also lines up with the "within a few weeks" line that Adobe gave us for getting Flash on the U.S. Xooms. [via @fwa and @ryanstewart]

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3 years ago

Motorola Xoom to arrive in the UK in early April for £500

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Looks like the price that briefly leaked yesterday for the British Wi-Fi Xoom was just a little too good to be true -- precisely £50 too good to be true, in fact. PC World updated its Wi-Fi Xoom pre-order page today with a price of £499.99, compared to the £449.99 that was listed for a couple of hours yesterday. The retailer says it'll begin shipping Wi-Fi Xooms to Brits during the first week of April, and that these lucky folks will be the first in Europe to own the device.

If you're holding out for the UK 3G version, the Carphone Warehouse says these will be arriving in April, and has a page where you can register your interest, through prices are still nowhere to be found. [PC World, Carphone Warehouse]

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3 years ago

GDC attendees given Xooms, CR-48 laptops and Nexus S phones

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Google is once again showering developers with cool swag at this year's Game Developers Conference. Just as some of last year's attendees found themselves with a free Nexus One or Motorola Droid, this year Google has been dishing out shiny new laptops, phones and tablets in an effort to get more studios on-board with Android game development.

According to reports on Engadget, devs at Google's web developer day yesterday found themselves with a free Chrome OS-powered CR-48 laptop. Today, lucky Android technical session attendees were gifted with a free Nexus S or Motorola Xoom.

While I don't think there's anyone reading this who would turn down a free Xoom or Nexus S, it's important to remember that free gadgets are a pretty small part of the GDC experience for attendees, who pay hundreds of dollars for passes. They're meant to be an added bonus for developers rather than a reason for attending, so you might want to think twice before making any plans for next year. [Engadget]

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