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How The Nexus 7 Has Changed My Device Use Habits

There’s no question that Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is a success. Google and ASUS have managed to create something extremely compelling for such a low price point. Typically, when I spend $199 on a device of this nature, I’m not expecting it to be a premium, high-end device. But the Nexus 7 has proven itself to be not only a serviceable tablet, but something that belies its budget price tag.

Since receiving my Nexus 7 at Google I/O this year, I have noticed a shift in my device use habits as the 7-incher has wedged itself right smack dab in the middle of my daily use patterns. How has adding a device to my daily routine changed how I interact with all my other devices? First, I should list out the devices I use on a daily basis. I currently have an HTC Evo 4G LTE phone, and a Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi 10.1-inch tablet. The use of these two devices in particular has been impacted by the Nexus 7. I also have a Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box, and a Nexus Q.

Hit the break to find out how the Nexus 7 has impacted my Android device usage.

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Motorola Xoom Soak Test Temporarily Delayed

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!

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Soak Test To Begin Tonight: Jelly Bean Incoming?

We already knew about the upcoming Motorola Xoom soak test and now we have confirmation that it will begin very soon… possibly as soon as tonight. Members of the Motorola Feedback Network are receiving emails that pretty much state that it’s coming any time now. Though the email does not specifically state this is the Jelly Bean update, our sources tell us that it is. Of course, that should not be a surprise to anyone considering the Xoom is pretty much a Nexus device (without the Nexus name) getting updates directly from Google.

Hit the break for the full email.

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Google Rolls Out Android 4.0.4 to Multiple Devices, Verizon Galaxy Nexus Not Included

It’s a big day for Android fans as Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ) has recently announced that Android 4.0.4 is currently being pushed to the Android Open Source Project. According to JBQ, this newest version of Android is full of many goodies, with “a few hundred changes over 4.0.3” and is the same update that was pushed to the Motorola XOOM tablet recently. One thing to keep in mind, though, as mentioned in Google’s previous statement regarding CDMA devices, “files related to CDMA devices have not been tested in the context of AOSP.” Yes this means that your Verizon Galaxy Nexus won’t see the update as soon as some of the other vanilla Android devices. As JBQ puts it, “I do not know the schedule for deployment to consumer devices, especially in situations that involve additional per-operator customizations done by the device manufacturers and/or in situations that require operator approval prior to deployment”. This could end up being that 4.0.5 update tipper for early April and the VZW Galaxy Nexus could skip 4.0.4 altogether. Read more

Android 4.0.4 IMM76 Now Available for Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi [Download]

Last night we broke news about the Android 4.0.4 soak test beginning for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi. One of our faithful readers informed us of all the goodies included in the 14.6MB IMM76 update which includes:

Quicker screen rotation
A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not
Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
Better phone number recognition
Camera and image quality improvements
Improved stability
Overall speed boost
Bug fixes 

We also just learned that this update is available for anyone who is willing to put forth a little effort as XDA member solarnz has the update all ready for you to download. There are a few things you must know first before trying to snag the update. You must be on a stock ROM (Android 4.0.3) and running the stock recovery. You will also need a USB stick and a microUSB adapter cable to transfer the data from your computer to your device. If you meet these few requirements and are ready to get to work, you can grab the download below. Next, throw it on to your USB drive, boot into recovery, then update with the .zip file that you just downloaded. Now simply reboot and enjoy a little 4.0.4 action! If you have any questions you can always reference the XDA thread through the source link below.

4.0.4 Update:

Thanks Andy!

source: XDA



Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Soak Test Underway

Well, we told you about an upcoming soak test for the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi, and various sources are now telling us it has begun. Apparently, this 14.6MB update will bring the device up to Android 4.0.4. According to reports, it’s a big speed improvement and contains many fixes and features.

Quicker screen rotation
A new setting to choose whether the power button immediately locks the device or not
Microsoft Exchange improvements with additional EAS policies
Better phone number recognition
Camera and image quality improvements
Improved stability

A few anonymous sources sent over some screenshots. Check them out after the break!

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Getting Another Soak Test

Well look at what just showed up. Looks like owners of the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi are in for another soak test for “an early preview of a new software release,” which I can only assume is an update from the current Android 4.0.3 to maybe 4.0.4 or 4.0.5. Not sure what else it could be. It was only in January that the Xoom was updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Below is the email that was sent out to Xoom owners who are members of the Motorola Feedback Network. This email is pretty much their standard boilerplate message that goes out before a soak test starts.


Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Wi-Fi Xoom 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 to take a short 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 is can 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.

Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

It’s updates like this that puts a check in the “pros” column of getting a pure Google Experience device. Anyone else get the email?

Price Drops on the Motorola Xoom WiFi Tablet

If you’ve been holding off getting the Motorola Xoom WiFi until the price drops, that day has come, friends. As Android Central reported today, the Honeycomb-based tablet has dropped $100 to the more affordable price of $499. That’s still a bit steep for most folks to be sure, but if you’ve been keeping your piggy bank fed and have been looking for something to buy for half a grand, now you’ve got another option.

[via androidcentral; original source: motorola]

Sprint News, Motorola Xoom WiFi Available May 8th

Sprint has announced that it will be offering the WiFi only version of the Motorola Xoom for a mere $599.99. Between you and me, thats a bit pricey. Especially if you stack it up to some of the other recently released tablets with a better price. But thats the deal, ‘eh?

This was the first tablet device to run Honeycomb. Android 3.0 mobile operating system, was specifically designed with the tablet platform in mind. Along with Android 3.0, the tablet can boast 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB internal RAM memory and 32GB onboard user memory, Read more

Motorola Wi-Fi Xoom officially announced for U.S. – Will be in stores on March 27

It has been rumored for a while and now it is official. Motorola has announced the 32gb Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet for the United States. It will be available on March 27 at Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, Radio Shack, Staples, Walmart, and select Sam’s Clubs. The price will be $599. The $599 price was originally leaked from a  Staples Ad. About 2 weeks ago, it was also leaked that Sam’s Club will carry it for $539. It will be interesting to see if that price holds.

The $599 price matches with the 32gb version of the Wi-Fi only Ipad 2. I would still like to have seen it cheaper, but at least it is in the ball park. The XOOM does have a better screen and the SD card slot for expandability when it gets enabled.

For the full press release hit the source link below: