Droid Xyboard

Two-year-old tablets updated with year-old OS

If you're still rocking a Motorola Droid Xyboard tablet almost two years on from the ill-fated slates' release, then good news — Verizon has announced that both the 8.2 and 10.1-inch versions will soon receive updates to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. With its cringeworthy name and Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box, the Xyboards were Motorola's last attempt at an Android-powered tablet, brought to market in late 2011.

Jelly Bean's arrival for the tablets comes more than a year after the Xyboards got their last update, to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in October 2012. And given their relatively meek hardware — a dual-core OMAP 4430 CPU and 1GB of RAM — Jelly Bean's "project butter" enhancements should significantly improve performance on the tablets. The 4.1.2 update will also introduce Google Now, as well as a redesigned camera app.

No word yet on when this update will hit the international versions of the Xyboard, which were sold under the "Xoom 2" brand, but we're not holding our breath. It's a stark contrast to the situation with Moto's latest products, which have been among the first to get the new Android 4.4 KitKat.

Source: Verizon (2)

 

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Motorola Droid Xyboard tablets getting Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update

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Love this. Not 10000% sure why it's 4.1, but must be awesome for those that bought it way back when.

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Yeah, even though it is only 4.1.2, they'll be able to have Google Now, and some of the other things brought in JellyBean.

Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7

I almost bought one of those. Definitely dodged a bullet there. Hopefully Google ownership is taking them from worst to first in the update department.

Agreed. The Xoom and XyBoard are very capable tablets, even today, despite their age.

Posted via my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

In Motorola's defense, this tablet is a Verizon product. That makes it subject to Verizon's upgrade policy.

Posted via my "Gift from God" Nexus 5

This is why my next large screen tablet will be an iPad Air. I have a 2013 Nexus 7 to serve portability. However, my 2012 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is still running 4.1.2. Never got 4.2 and user accounts. Hasn't gotten 4.3 and I'm not expecting to get 4.4 on it. Time to sell.

Looking at how iOS 7 looks like My little Pony and Apple's planned obsolescence by pushing so many updates that your device becomes slow as hell after 2 yrs I would avoid the iPad like a plague

Posted via Android Central App from Nexus 7 2013

I'm still using my acer iconia a500 (tegra 2) tablet. It got pumped to 4.3 using custom roms... Now i'm hoping that there comes a 4.4 update.

It's stupide that the tabs have the same 18months cycle as the phones. All the people i know use tabs a lot longer...

Posted via Android Central App from my galaxy nexus

I'm still using my acer iconia a500 (tegra 2) tablet. It got pumped to 4.3 using custom roms... Now i'm hoping that there comes a 4.4 update.

It's stupide that the tabs have the same 18months cycle as the phones. All the people i know use tabs a lot longer...

Posted via Android Central App from my galaxy nexus

This is a old update yeah but you would still be pretty happy if you actually owned one just to be getting some update love is always nice.

Why not just go with KK? Makes no sense. Just for source control sake at least.... If you don't care about owners

Probably comes back to the OMAP issue. I don't see any Motorola running a TI OMAP getting anything higher than 4.1.2.

My wife got this one and she loved it...that is until it started having trouble holding a change. Now it's practically unusable. We went to Verizon to tell them we can't use it anymore and they basically said go blow. There is nothing they can do. We can either wait until the contract is up or pay the fee to terminate early. I'm glad I left Verizon a month ago to AT&T for the Note 3. My wife is pretty sure she will move to when her contract is up. And she's been a great customer for over 15 years.

Do you have to be so dramatic?
Is it unusable really?

You should eat a Snickers. You're always grouchy when you're hungry.
;)

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I have a bit of experience with the Xyboard 10.1s. While this may not work for you, it's worked on a number of devices that I've come into contact with. The battery calibration gets knocked out of whack easily. If the tablet says that it's going to shut down after it's just been charged - let it go. Stream a 20 hour video - I bet it'll go on for hours before it dies. After it dies, fully charge it. Then never shut it completely off (except for the occasional reboot); just put it in airplane mode and turn off the screen if you want to keep the battery from draining.

Am dying to download the update... Even though its a 2 year old tablet...its still holding up well.. very solid.. great design... decent speed... thinner than an iPad... anybody have the file to download? Still unable to download OTA.. but thanks Verizon for the update!! Next Tablet will probably be the 2014 Samsung 10.1 but no need yet for new tab.

I talked to customer service today and said they pulled the update but she is going to call back to make sure what happened.