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Android version of the test is unknown, Jelly Bean expected

Update: Shortly after the soak testers started getting emails, Verizon made 4.2 official for everyone with a Xoom. We're not sure if they still have something special planned for testers or if they're done with the Xoom. 

Update 2: It seems that the soak test has begun, and it is for Android 4.1.2 — despite the official Verizon page (see screen shot after the break). We may see a retraction from Verizon soon.

Almost 3 months after the initial invites were sent out by Motorola, emails telling participants that the soak test for the Verizon Motorola Xoom 4G LTE will soon begin and finally being sent. At the time when the invitations initially went out, it was expected that Xoom owners would get a version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to test, or maybe Android 4.2. Now that more time has passed, and Android 4.3 has been released, things could change — although it is unlikely.

It would make sense for Motorola to bring the Verizon Xoom up to the same Android version as its WiFi-only sibling, Android 4.1.2. We won't know for sure until builds become available to those participating in the soak test, which should be any time now. Verizon Xoom owners that received an invite back in May, make sure to keep an eye on your inbox.

Thanks, Hunch!


Thanks, Andrew!

There are 27 comments

Mike Watling says:

If only they also put this out for the international Xoom 3G... Sigh

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p08757 says:

Its about time.... Not that I use my Xoom very much any more...

jwyche007 says:

Wow that's pretty sad, it's really obvious Verizon doesn't give a shit about it's customers. I feel bad for anyone who has to use them.

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Razieltov says:

Yeah I feel bad too. Great customer service, great devices, great coverage. Verizon sucks.

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Jet300 says:

Hmm .. Let's see... Useless customer service.. I know how to reboot and I'll be damned if I'm going to factory rest my device just because some script tells their support reps to do so... Great voice coverage with bogged 4G LTE where available (don't believe that 99% BS).. Oh and device release 3-6 months past all the other carriers, with ridiculously long wait times for updates ... Yup, keep up the good work Big Red. As long as they are making their billions they are doing just fine ... Verizon's motto is --->>> B.O.H.I.C.A.!!!

NoNexus says:

I don't think anyone touches the customer service. Tech support you are right about. No one can argue the coverage of VZW, it is absolutely second to none. The updates are crap.

Your batting .500



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return_0 says:

Great devices? Aren't you loving your HTC One and Nexus 4 on Verizon?

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yacoby54 says:

The Xoom is one of the only tablets that gets updates. The thing is like 3 years old and still receiving updates, that is pretty good for any Android device.



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Ry says:

Glad to see a half-full person in a sea of half-empties.

TJH132 says:

Hmmm... I know intellectually 4.2 should be better than 4.1, yet all other devices I had slowed and stumbled horribly once upgraded to 4.2.2. Luckily, 4.3 saved two of them. My GNex will have to wait for just the right ROM before it gets some 4.3 love.

Frawlz says:

Thank God I held onto my Moto Xoom!!. Said no one.


What was wrong with the Xoom? I had it and loved it. I only moved on, because I needed a laptop.

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Mobius360 says:

I'm glad I still have mine, works fine for my needs and my kids love it.

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Krouget says:

I honestly forgot the Xoom even existed, which is saying a lot, considering I once owned one. The sad part is that the device itself suffered a poor fate, and that was the wifi version. I can only imagine being tied to VZW.

chrisharmful says:

I still use mine. Don't shun me. Glad this is finally happening.

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grlla says:

I have a lot of $$ in my XOOM and I use it everyday. I was a very early adopter of this tablet and continue to feel as if I've been robbed by VZW and moto.

But ya take what you get, take your risks and use what you have.

I've shunned moto, still use the p!ss out of my unlimited VZW data and will continue to use my XOOM until the damn thing won't turn on again.

Just don't ask me to use moto's crap for any future purchase. Enjoy !

dwboston says:

Apparently VZW was just waiting for the 1-year anniversary of the WiFi Xoom's 4.1.2 update to release this. 12 months to get this update out, when the only differences between the two is an LTE modem and the associated code for the modem. Google Experience Device my @zz. VZW has completely shafted the early adopters of the Xoom. I'll never buy another VZW or Moto product again after this fiasco.

Ry says:

IIRC, the WiFi-only Xoom is a Google Experience Device. The Verizon version isn't. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

duoFurious says:

LOVE my xoom (wifi), though its time for an update, we shall see what happens :) though I'm hoping for CM support for 4.3 on my xoom to keep it going!!

spierce617 says:

I am not involved in the soak test and I just pulled it from Verizon today and installed it.

dwboston says:

Same here. I received no soak test emails or invites, and the update downloaded last night for me.

grlla says:

URL of pull location please?

itderanged says:

Check out the "clear data" / Force method in the AC forums, worked for me after 4 tries.

frenchfry says:

I got the update last night. Good to see Verizon has not retired updating the Zoom.