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.
The other day we received the CyanogenMod 10 preview builds for both the international and U.S. versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and now there’s more! The CM 10 preview builds are now available for the ASUS Transformer and Transformer Prime (tf101 and 201) and with Motorola’s Xoom. With all the excitement around Jelly Bean and CyanogenMod 10, a working build for tablets is wonderful news to hear.
These are only preview builds though, so they may not be very stable. Unofficial builds also carry no guarantee on support, assistance or updates.
The Transformer builds are currently functional with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sounds, camera, video acceleration, minor dock functionality and most sensors. The GPS and light sensor functionality isn’t in there just yet, but the device’s core functionality is stable and working.
Here’s a quick video of the Transformer Prime running CM10 on its current build in action:
It was only a matter of time before we saw the first batch of Google devices get the anticipated Jelly Bean update since you know— it had just released Android 4.1 to the AOSP and all. And so just when you thought life with the GSM/HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus couldn’t get any better, it just got better as it is officially getting the smooth and buttery update. According to its Nexus+ page, Google highlights owners of the HSPA+ variant of the Galaxy Nexus will receive an OTA prompt indicating the update will happen “over the next several days”.
Google also took some time to reiterate its other developer devices including the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S and Motorola Xoom WiFi are next in line to get that VIP treatment.
source: Nexus – Google+
Oh boy— if you’re like me and an owner of a premium Motorola device released in the last 12 – 15 months, then this news is for you. Motorola has updated its ICS update timeline for select devices. Within the next month and some change, MOTO devices will begin receiving Android 4.0 with a (MOTO)BLUR topping, starting with the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX and the XOOM 3G/4G tablet. Other devices such as the DROID Bionic, DROID 4 and my smartphone– the OG Atrix 4G is set to get some love by Q3. The Photon is the last confirmed MOTO phone to receive the update and it will receive the update by Q4 of this year.
In some disappointing news, MOTO also confirmed the DROID X2 and DROID 3 which will remain on Android 2.3. This means unless you root and flash a custom ICS build on those devices, you won’t be tasting Android 4.0 glory. Such is life I guess.
Ah well, at least the rest of us MOTO owners have something to look forward to.
Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.
According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down.
Everyone’s favorite custom ROM, CyanogenMod 9, is coming to more devices on a nightly basis with the addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Wi-Fi, Google I/O edition, and T-Mobile version), Samsung Galaxy S II (non-U.S.), ASUS Transformer, and ASUS Transformer Prime.
The addition of these devices comes on top of nightlies for the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, and Motorola Xoom. Remember, these ROMs are built every night and could be buggy and unstable, so flash at your own risk!
Download links after the break.
According to Verizon’s support page, this update brings these two long-awaited and much-needed-by-everyone fixes:
- The device will now support dual International Mobile Subscriber Identities (IMSI) to enhance International travel for mobile users.
- Data connectivity will properly restore after disabling Airplane Mode.
Around 1AM Eastern time this morning, build IML77 began rolling out out to select XOOM owners, specifically those enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network as well as a lucky few random participants. IML77 updates the XOOM to Android ICS 4.0.3, so its completely understandable if you’re a bit bummed that you couldn’t get in on the update action. Well cheer up, we have got you covered! Click the download link below to get the official OTA zip.
*Important, you need to be running a stock ROM and have your XOOM locked in order to apply this update. If you have modified your XOOM, you’ll need to downgrade to build HTK75D. Also keep in mind that this is only for US WiFi XOOMs.
2.) Store the zip on a flash drive paired with a host cable and apply via stock recovery.
(To enter recovery, reboot your XOOM and after about 3 seconds of the Motorola logo press volume down. Android recovery should appear in the top left. Press volume up to select it. Once booted into recovery you should see an Android on screen and nothing else. To make the menu appear, press power and volume up simultaneously)
We have been aware of an impending update for the Motorola Xoom for some time now, and tonight we may finally find out what has been shrouded in mystery all this time. A minor update, or what we’re all hoping for, ICS.
Here’s the email popping into inboxes of those who signed up for the Xoom “Google Experience Device” Testing.
Hi.Thanks for your patience as we’ve waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.However, I’m happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.Remember to keep your feedback in the private community provided, and in the survey I will send after a few days.Please
go here to access the private site and to learn more.Note that you will not be able to post on the other areas of the site during the soak — this project is confidential.(If you have not yet logged into the new forums site, you will need to do so. Please follow all instructions before sending emails here for help.)Thanks,- MattMotorola Owners’ ForumMotorola Feedback Network
The link in the email is yet to be functional, stay tuned.
Confirmed. ICS rolls out to test participants starting at 9pm PST 1/12/2012 and will continue throughout the weekend. Assuming no extreme issues are discovered, Motorola says they will very likely release this update to the masses. A group of some thousands of Xoom Wi-Fi owners will receive the software upgrade which includes some random participants outside of testing as well it seems. Good luck Xoom owners!
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Well, it looks like we have another “project” in the works. First comes the “project” for the Droid Bionic, now it is something for the Motorola Xoom tablet. An email is currently being circulated among Xoom users in the Moto Support Forums:
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project for owners of the Motorola Xoom on Verizon, and would like to invite you to participate. Click this link to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to take part.
This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites.
Thanks — please understand that project 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”
Now what could this “project” be? Perhaps a minor update to fix some bugs? Or maybe it could be the intial phase of Xoom receiving that new sweet treat? Let’s hope it’s the latter. Stay tuned everyone!