Leaked pictures of an aborted Motorola Xoom 3 project appear online

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While Motorola’s tablets have had some success, they didn’t exactly live up to the hype that they were given before release. They didn’t introduce anything truly groundbreaking, and they were pretty much run-of-the-mill devices with semi-sleek designs.

Maybe that’s the reason the Xoom 3 was never released.

You heard me right, the Xoom 3.

Never heard of it? That’s because the project was thrown away in its infancy — but there seems to be some pictures of the unreleased tablet. We have them for you after the break, as well as a few of the rumored specs.

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Verizon Motorola Xoom LTE receives Jelly Bean soak test

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It looks like the Verizon Motorola XOOM LTE is finally going to get a taste of Jelly Bean. Motorola began sending out invitations to members of the Motorola Feedback Network to install the update as part of a soak test. An OTA update for all Verizon XOOM LTE owners is expected to arrive in the coming week.

This is good news for Verizon XOOM LTE owners, as the update to Jelly Bean is filled with some nice improvements. If you’re part of the Motorola Feedback Network, check your email for an update invitation. If you’re not, then you’ll unfortunately have to wait patiently a few days until the update hits your device.

It looks like this will be one of the last painfully long-awaited updates from Motorola, as the rocky transition period to Google ownership is nearly over.

Thanks Steve

Motorola Xoom and Nexus S will not officially receive Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update

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Now that Android 4.2 is officially out, next comes the requisite statements from manufacturers stating which of their devices will and will not receive Google’s latest offering. In other words, the ones that will not receive the update are officially dead – at least officially in the manufacturers eyes and physically based on the devices’ hardware specs. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:

“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should 
continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.”

 

Both devices were recently given the upgrade to 4.1 but apparently that extra jump to 4.2 was just too much for the legacy devices to crunch. The devices certainly had a fantastic run and I’m sure users will continue to enjoy and use them in the coming year even though they won’t be rocking the shiny new OS.

 

source:  Google Forums

Android 4.1.2 now available for Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi

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Well, it looks as though Google’s full line of Nexus and AOSP devices are poised to receive the update to Android 4.1.2, as Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi owners should now be seeing the OTA update live on their tablets. The software bump comes just hours after Google released the new firmware for GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S handsets. As usual, the update is rolling out in stages, so if you don’t see the update just yet, you won’t have to wait much longer. You can also check for it manually by heading to Settings > About tablet > System Updates. Or, if you’re the impatient type, you can always install the official update from Google via the download link below.

Source: Google (download)

 

 

Motorola Xoom WiFi Soak Testers Get Confidential Email Indicating Another Update Is On The Way

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If you’re a Motorola Xoom WiFi owner out in the US, it looks like you have a minor update to look forward to. We just got word that a survey has just been sent to the various soak/beta testers indicating a minor update to the existing Jelly Bean OS is definitely on the way:

 

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi Xoom, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link — https://___________ — 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.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

 

Whatever the update may be, it looks like both MOTO and Google are looking to get it tested and rolled out ASAP. Keep it locked here with Talk Android and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on whatever it is this update may be.
Cheers Dave!

Get Em’ While You Can: Motorola Xoom 3G 32GB for $199 or AT&T Galaxy S III for $499

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Great news for those of you looking for a deal. The Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is being featured on “Daily Steals” for only $199! I know you’re thinking, “Justin, why would I buy an old tablet for $199 when I can get the Nexus 7 for the same price?” I’m glad you asked and I have two reasons. First, this bad boy has a larger screen so you get 10-inches of HD beauty, and second is for the 3G connectivity, with a Verizon Wireless 3G enable device you can walk into any Verizon store and get hooked up with prepaid service. I know it’s not LTE but hey, it’s better than nothing and at least it keeps you connected.

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Jelly Bean Update All Set To Be Rolled Out To Owners Of The Motorola Xoom WiFi

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Good news for you Motorola Xoom WiFi owners in the U.S. If you recall, there was a certain soak test indicating a significant update was on the way for select Xoom WiFi owners. The update was then pushed out a few days ago to the lucky few and subsequently went off without a hitch. The soak testers were asked in a follow-up questionnaire if they felt the update was ready to be rolled out to the masses. Apparently it looks like most (if not all) of the testers felt the update was ready for the masses because reports are coming out that the Android 4.1.1 update is in the process of being rolled out.

Naturally if you’re a Xoom WiFi owner out here in the States, you’ll want to head on over to the Settings menu and check for that coveted system update. If you are a lucky son of a gun and get to download that buttery goodness, please do tell us how it works out for you.

Motorola Xoom WiFi Soak Test Confirms What We Already Knew: Update Includes Android 4.1.1 And All That Buttery Goodness

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Well friends, the unofficial Nexus Google Developer tablet has just become a whole lot smoother and buttery. How, you ask? You all remember how we told you about a certain colorful, yet buttery test run that was imminent for certain Motorola Xoom owners? Well the test run has begun and according to our sources, the new update is being pushed to owners of the device which confirms what we already knew, Jelly Bean is officially on the Xoom WiFi. The update includes the latest Jelly Bean version (Android version 4.1.1) and the software build for the Xoom update is known as JRO03H— while coming in at a moderate 79MB in size. While it might be too early to call, our source confirms Android 4.1 does have a slightly tweaked appearance like new fonts in addition to the smoother transitions in the UI. It looks like Jelly Bean has gotten a new lease on life with the 79MB update! No word yet on when the formal release will be pushed, but it looks like it won’t be too long before other Xoom owners get that Jelly Bean lovin’.

 


 

Thanks anon!

Motorola Xoom Soak Test Temporarily Delayed

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Seems like Motorola jumped the gun a bit with the Xoom Wi-Fi soak test, rumored to be Jelly Bean, that was scheduled for last night. Apparently, it has not yet started to push, and we have no idea why. Sources point to Motorola forum admin Matt saying the following:

No update rolling at this time.

No news on why or when.

My apologies for this — if I knew more I’d tell ya.

I promise to report when I have something to say. In the meantime, I’m going to the movies.  :-)

So there you have it… no Jelly Bean yet for Xoom users. Hopefully this is just a minor delay and it will start pushing later today, and not a big delay due to some newly discovered bug or something. Only time will tell.

Thanks rav820!