Motorola Xoom WiFi

Look, lets be honest here. The Motorola Xoom WiFi is pretty much a device like the OG Droid that refuses to die. Aside from the Nexus 7 and the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T, it's the only tablet to have Android Jelly Bean on it and now, Motorola has sent out invites for yet another update for it:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola WiFi Xoom (U.S. only) to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Motorola WiFi Xoom, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link -- [Link redacted] -- to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners' Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

So yeah, there you have it. Another Jelly Bean update will soon be rolling out to the U.S. Motorola Xoom WiFi. As of right now, there is no indication of what changes it will bring but we'll be sure to let you all know as soon as we know.

Thanks, Chad!

 

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Motorola preparing another Jelly Bean update for the Motorola Xoom WiFi

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+1 , my VZW Xoom is a beast on TeamEOS nightlies. I tried different ROM after retuning to stock again, and EOS is the sweetest one. Not in the market for a teblet at all, with all the accessories I got when I bought it on CL and the additional dock from Moto for LTE upgrade I am good. I am also not the only one that has noticed the better screen on the Xoom with JB, that's the only thing I used to dislike. But I can't keep comparing it to my Gnex, but I use my Xoom daily now when I get home.

So is mine, I think my Xoom worked better with ICM because now it either locks up or just doesn't work properly. I knew I couldn't be the only one having this problem.

if you don't use sim card then just convert it to wifi only version and you can receive wifi ota

If someone can answer this for me since I don't know:

Whats the problem in a successful product (Arguably) getting an update? Is it that it takes resources from other, newer products? Or is it because it's an indication that the designers are lazy and don't want to create a new product, in this case, a new tablet???

Thanks!

It's a matter of allocating resources. New drivers and applications need to be written, then there is testing. Some manufacturers may not want to allocate the resources to udpate the software. This is one of the things that Google is trying to fix with the new platform SDK.

Sure am glad I waited outside an Office Depot on release day for my wifi Xoom. It's better than the day I bought it, and it still keeps up with everything I need it to do. Longest lifespan of any of my gadgets in the last few years.

My little podunk town only received TWO at Best Buy on launch day... I waited outside *and* knocked over a little old lady with a walker to make sure I got one them! Love this thing with a passion that borders on obsession... so fluid, so much fun to tinker with.

I use my 4G Xoom all the time but I wish it got love like the wifi model. Hope Verizon doesn't screw us out of JB.

The Xoom is a purchase I thought twice about at the time, but it just keeps getting better and better. I certainly do hope it never dies.
To runer112: There is no problem per se in products (successful or not) getting updates. The thing is that manufacturers want you to buy their next great product and they may believe that keeping your old device awesome with the latest upgrades might persuade you to wait longer before your next purchase. They do not realize that some (like myself) base their future purchases partially on the timely upgrade record different OEM have. Myself, since the Xoom (which I consider a Nexus of sorts), I've only bought Nexus.

The reason it refuses to die is because it is a great device, and it keeps getting better with each OS update.

So glad I bought my Xoom!

Of course the Xoom is still getting updates. It's a Nexus in everything but name. On the US WiFi and Verizon 3/4G models, the firmware updates come from Google directly. The Xoom is still the only Google-Experience Device that showcases Android in full tablet configuration. Google simply provides the firmware updates to Motorola who then soaks them and rolls it out. For Verizon models, VZW must approve them, but that firmware comes from Google as well. Until we see a "Nexus 10" or some other 10" Google Experience tablet, the Xoom will continue to receive Android updates.

The Xoom was the piece of hardware that Google engineers used to create Honeycomb. It has an unlockable bootloader, gets updates from Google (in the US), and was used by Google to create an Android release. As I said...it's a Nexus in everything but the name. The big benefit that comes with that...lots and lots of updates!

Why is MOTO the only company that does these kinds of soak tests? Do they have no QA and use customers as guinea pigs?

They might as well stop wasting time and just release it because I've never seen a released software be any different from soak tests. And I've had the OG Droid, Droid X and now RAZR MAXX.

The soak test for ICS on the wi-fi Xoom was a huge "test." It was (supposedly) a miserable update and led to two months of additional development before further Xoom soak tests. It's also part of the reason why the wifi version got ICS in January and the Verizon version got it in June - the "best" build of ICS for the wifi version didn't come out until around April or so, leaving the more typical turnaround time for Verizon's approval process.

More updates for the old tablet... Meanwhile the current Xoom 2/XY Board 8.2 is still floundering on Honeycomb...two OS iterations behind now. This is BS! The XYBoard is wifi only, so no cellular rules to deal with. NO REASON not to have the OS update for the current model. No reason except Motorola is incompetent. 100% incompetent. Good hardware, crippled by old OS and locked bootloader. Idiots.

Yep, and I much as I loved my Photon, I had to move on. Nexus S 4G->GNex->S3. My Xoom is used daily, sometimes even BEFORE my Dell Win7 laptop and Acer Iconia W500P Win7 Tablet. The Xoom gets used!!!!!.