Enable USB host mode on the Motorola XOOM

So you have a Motorola XOOM and you need more then the 32GB of on board storage. You could use the SD card slot, but that is not enabled yet. What do you do? If you have rooted your XOOM you can enable USB hosting which will give you the ability to hook up a flash drive or use a USB keyboard.

Your XOOM must be rooted If you have not rooted your XOOM yet, you can follow the directions here.

You will also need an OTG Cable.

Instructions as from the source:

Very similar to rooting the device. Extract the img file from the ZIP above, and place it in the same folder as your adb and fastboot binaries. Then, run this:

  • adb reboot bootloader – (reboots into the bootloader)
  • fastboot flash boot rootboot.usbdisk.img – (which loads the new boot.img onto the system)
  • fastboot reboot– (Reboots the device)

Lastly — using adb or root explorer, you need to alter your /etc/vold.fstab by adding this line to it: dev_mount usbdisk /mnt/usbdisk auto /devices/platform/tegra-ehci

This tells VOLD where to mount the device, when it’s plugged in. After the change, you need to reboot. The altered boot.img adds a folder called /usbdisk, so that way if you connect a USB thumb drive using the cable I linked to above, it will automount the thumb drive and you can access files. I tested this with an HP 125W FAT32 8GB thumb drive, and it worked without an issue. The only caveat I can think of is that YMMV on thumb drives – some might require more power than the Xoom can supply.

[via slatedroid.com by androidcentral.com]

Adobe to Release Flash 10.2 for Android March 18, Xoom Will Be Ready

Today Adobe announced that Adobe Flash 10.2 will be available via the Android Market on March 18th. More importantly a system update to the Motorola XOOM started last night (version 3.0.1) that will finally bring the XOOM Adobe Flash capable. On March 18 Motorola Xoom users will be able to download Adobe 10.2 as long as they have updated their device to 3.0.1.

This release is considered a Production GA (general availability) for all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices. It will be considered a beta release for Google Gingerbread 3.0.1.

Adobe and Google worked closely together to get both of their respective releases out at the same time. It is expected that after subsequent updates it will be up to Production GA for Google Honeycomb.

According to Adobe the new capabilities for 10.2 for Andoird include:

Hardware accelerated video presentation for H.264 (Android 3.0.1+ only)

Flash Player 10.2 leverages the Stage Video rendering pipeline to enable users of Android 3.0 tablets, like the MOTOROLA XOOM™, to enjoy smooth playback of high-definition Flash video content on the web.   Users will experience reduced CPU usage and higher frame rates for existing H.264 video content.

Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine (Android 3.0.1+ only)

Deeper integration of Flash Player and the enhanced Android 3.0 browser delivers faster and better rendering of rich, interactive web content resulting in a browsing experience similar to the desktop.

Flash Player can now render content as part of the web page along with other components such as HTML, images and gif animation. As a result, users will experience:

  • Improved scrolling of web pages;
  • Uncompromised viewing of rich, immersive content in the way intended by the page designer, including support for instances where HTML and other web content is composited over Flash Player rendered content.  Flash Player rendered content will continue to be placed in a separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers, as these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.

Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets

Experience performance improvements designed to take advantage of the current generation of multi-core, GPU-enabled processors to deliver Flash videos, games and other interactive Web content on the latest smartphones and tablets.  For a list of upcoming Flash-enabled devices which show off the latest performance improvements, including the MOTOROLA ATRIX™ 4G, MOTOROLA XOOM™ and LG Optimus 2X, please click here.

Automatic soft keyboard support

Users of touch screen devices will enjoy a more optimized experience interacting with rich content that requires keyboard input.  This feature simplifies the development of multiscreen applications that require keyboard input, making it easier for developers to optimize desktop applications for mobile devices. A new ActionScript API enables developers to automatically launch and display the soft keyboard.

[via Adobe by Engadget]

Unroot and re-lock your Motorola Xoom – find out how

So bad here we told you about rooting the Motorola Xoom, then found out it may not be a great idea based on how Motorola may deal with your warranty and upgrade status to 4G. Now that we know the Flash 10.2 update is here, it was announced that rooted or unlocked Xooms would need to be rolled back and relocked or unrooted to get the update installed properly. Like we’re surprised there right?

How do you go about that? Well, someone detailed some fine instructions for everyone to follow, just in case.

Note: This will wipe your Xoom

  1. You’re going to need to have the Android SDK installed. You can download it here.
  2. Download the official HRI39 build from Motorola here.
  3. Unzip the files in MZ600_HRI39.zip and move or copy them to the /platform-tools folder in your SDK folder.
  4. Connect your Xoom to your computer.
  5. Type adb reboot bootloader. Wait for it to reboot into the bootloader.
  6. Type the following commands, waiting for each to finish before continuing:
  • fastboot flash boot boot.img
  • fastboot flash system system.img
  • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
  • fastboot erase cache

You’ve now successfully flashed your Xoom back to stock. Now it’s time to relock the device.

[via Android Central Forum]

Samsung launches Galaxy Tab commercial day before Apple launch


Samsung has some nerve, putting an ad up for the Galaxy Tab in the wake of the release of the Apple iPad 2, and shortly after the launch of the Motorola Xoom. You know what though…good for Samsung! With the upcoming launch of their 8.9inch tablet, and the soon to be released 10.1 inch tab, doing a commercial for the Galaxy Tab as a whole is probably a wise decision to keep people thinking about Samsung instead of everyone else.

Even though the commercial doesn’t specify, the 7 inch Galaxy Tab is on pretty cheap right now, for $249 in most markets, so have a look at the video below and let us know what you think…should you hold out for a Galaxy Tab? Or go with…the ‘other guys’?


[via intomobile]

Nook Color Gains GPS Capabilities (sort of) with TetherGPS

Industrious hackers and modders continue to make headway with Barnes and Noble’s Android-based Nook Color e-book reader. The latest achievement comes from software developer ComptonSoft, who has released an app called Tether GPS, which gives the Nook Color functioning GPS, though it is via a work around.

Basically, the user needs to download the app to their phone which then pushes its own GPS information to the Nook Color via WiFi, the only connection option because of the Nook Color’s own limitation of no usable Bluetooth. The Nook Color is then able to use the GPS information to run Google Maps and various other GPS based programs.

TetherGPS is available in the Market for $2.99 for the full version, or there is a free version that allows the user to operate the program for five minutes, probably just to make sure the software works. The technical achievement is definitely worth praise and some may really want this for the larger screen, but I have a feeling many users would just use their phone if it was already available and easily usable. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

[via engadget]

Lenovo LePad Hits FCC With the Name “Skylight”

So Lenovo has abandoned the “LePad” name in its tablet lineup, and we can’t honestly say we’re sad about that. The Lenovo Skylight has shown up at the FCC for certification, and it specs match exactly those of the LePad, so we can be relatively certain that they abandoned the original name in favor of something with a better ring to it. The Skylight has a 10.1-inch display, Snapdragon 8650A processor, Android 2.2, and 1GB of RAM. No word on a release date or price, but seeing it at the FCC is always the first step. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you informed.

[via FCC by way of Engadget]

Another Samsung Tablet teaser poster goes live for CTIA


Samsung is doing a great job lately teasing everyone with their new Tablet to be unveiled at CTIA in a couple more weeks time from now on March 22nd. We first saw it here, where we saw Samsung displaying the number 78910, which many, including us, have interpretted to be an 8.9inch Galaxy Tab coming to the mix, as they already have a 7inch Tab and a 10.1 inch tab announced. An 8.9 inch Tab would round off the competition and give Samsung a tablet in the 3 major form factor sizes to complete with the other big manufacturers tabs like the Motorola Xoom at 10 inches and the LG Optimus Pad (G-Slate) at 8.9inches.

Looking at this picture, it looks like it’s going to be quite thin, as we can see the 3.5mm jack needs a bump in the body, which looks to be carbon fiber. Looks like thin and lightweight is the way to go right now. Let’s hope this comes with Honeycomb so as not to disappoint.

[via facebook]

MSI Windpad tablet spied on video with Honeycomb

2011 will be the year of the tablet explosion for Android, and the MSI Windpad 100A will join the party soon.  See the video below. The Windpad will sport a 10 inch multi-touch display, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and Android Honeycomb 3.0. It also supports better viewing angles due to the IPS LCD Display. It appears to be the first tablet with a trackpad for easier navigation.

Google Voice on the Motorola Xoom working – hacked


Yesterday, we told you about Google Voice not officially working or supported on Android Honeycomb OS just yet. Google’s Support forum is aware and looking into getting it officially supported. But why wait for that right?

That’s what Android central forum member Elysian893 thought too, because Google Voice is now working (unofficially) on the Xoom after they were able to backup the Voice app from a Motorola Droid, then pop it onto the Xoom. After permissions were granted for access, the app seemed to work fine. Still can’t make calls on it however (it is a tablet), but the SMS and other features work fine. So if you don’t want to wait for Google to get it going, head over to the source ink to find out more on the procedure.

[via Android Central Forum]

T-Mobile To Get a Doubleshot of HTC?

Is it a phone, is it a tablet, does it exist at all? Honestly, we’re not sure. It’s rumored to be running Android version 2.3, which has us leaning toward the “phone” side of the spectrum. It’s expected that there will some sort of official announcement at CTIA, but we really won’t know anything concrete until AT LEAST then.

So here’s hoping we get a Doubleshot of HTC at CTIA. And kudos on the naming, HTC…doubleshots are always good.

[via TmoNews]

Installing Ubuntu on your Motorola Xoom tablet


There’s a stigma in the mobile world that hackers prefer Android systems because the SDK’s and software is open, therefore allowing users to customize how they please. Some hardware manufacturers on the other hand may not be totally supportive when it comes to users installing their own custom ROMs and OSs, like Motorola for example.

That isn’t stopping this user however, as he’s found a way to install another open source project onto the Motorola Xoom, and its not any variation of Android…it’s Linux Ubuntu 9.10. Looking at the instructions, I’d have to say that you would most likely completely void your warranty on the Xoom if you do this, but just make sure that if you try it, you have a good recovery ready for backup and restore, so you can get it back to factory condition if this goes south for any reason. The instructions are long, and not for the timid. Click the source link below for the full set of instructions if you’re an Ubuntu lover.

[via trsohmers.com]

Google Voice won’t work on Xoom – update coming for Honeycomb


If you grabbed yourself a new swanky Motorola Xoom last week, and have been loading up all kinds of great apps, you may find that you’ll have a problem with Google Voice, if you use it. Apparently the app crashes on the Xoom, which has left a number of people unhappy that Google dropped the ball updating their own apps for their own Android OS.

Google Support is aware and working on an update for Honeycomb OS, so this isn’t necessarily an issue with the Xoom as much as it’s an issue with this version of Android. Don’t go bringing that Xoom back just yet, Google is working on it.

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.

If you want to know more and keep up to date on this fix, you can hit the source link below.

[via Google Support]

Which New Android Devices Will Sprint Reveal at CTIA?

Of course, none of what I’m about to mention is set in stone, plus Sprint was rather quiet at the last couple events, maybe making us a little more than anxious to hear something big.

I, for one am excited for the next devices released from Sprint. Especially since I’m a customer. So, what do they have in store for us?  Thanks to an “anonymous tipster” who spoke with Engadget Mobile, we just may have an idea of what Sprint could be revealing:

  • The possibility is there that Sprint will be launching the Nexus S 4G which is pretty much the Nexus S, but with WiMAX. And as Engadget mentioned, Sprint was close to releasing a version of the Nexus One, But instead went the route of the HTC’s Evo 4G
  • Next, there is the chance we might see an Evo 3D, which obviously is an Evo capable of 3D. This would be pretty interesting. This to follow the Evo 4g and Evo Shift.
  • Lastly, the Evo View Tablet. And if this item is on the table, we can see this being a rebranded version of the HTC Flyer.

So, let’s keep our eyes and ears open so as to get more info on what’ll be the biggest news at CTIA, whether it be Sprint or one of the other carriers out there.

[via Engadget]

Motorola Xoom Less Overpriced Than We Thought? Costs $359.92 in Parts

The Xoom is being heralded nearly unanimously as a remarkable tablet, but it is also being described, almost unanimously, as being a bit pricey. But is it overpriced, or is it just expensive to make? iSupply has a breakdown of the price of the parts used to make the device, and it turns out that just in parts, before the cost of manufacturing, the Xoom’s hardware runs about $359.92. Here’s how they break it down:

  • The XOOM’s display and capacitive touchscreen costs a whopping $140, or 38.9% of final cost of parts
  • Memory is the second most expensive part with the XOOM’s memory components costing $80.40, or 22.3% of the total cost
  • Electro-mechanical parts run $31.30
  • The 3250 mAh battery adds $23
  • The NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor costs $20.78
  • The devices two cameras carry a collective cost of US$14, or 3.9% of the total cost
  • The baseband cellular components run bout $14
  • The other components make up the final $34

So while the Xoom is genuinely pricey, it costs substantially more to make than we realized, noticeably more than the iPad does, so maybe the price tag issomewhat warranted.  Hit the source link for the full breakdown.

[via iSuppli]

Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch ‘inadequate’ – Samsung reconsiders pricing model


The tablet market is becoming a tough one, especially over these last couple of weeks, with the launch of the Motorola Xoom, the new Apple iPad 2, and the soon to launch LG G-Slate and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9. We’re only a couple of months into 2011, and already our heads are spinning as we spew tablet specs out our mouths.

In light of all the kickin hardware that’s been announced, particularly the iPad2, Samsung has decided to reconsider its pricing of the soon to be launched Galaxy Tab 10.1 inch, which was going to be priced more than when the 7inch Tab came out last year. That would be a mistake, if you remember, the 7inch Tab came out at $600 for most markets. OUCH! It’s been bumped down to $299 for most now, thankfully. That said, Samsung seeing what kind of competition is out there now will launch with some decent pricing and end up likely cutting their profit margins a bit, if not totally.

[via Engadget]