Google’s other “Nexus” tablet is all set to get yet another lease on life. Participants of the Motorola Feedback Network just got the heads up of an imminent update that is going to be pushed to the still-popular Xoom Wifi tablet sometime today:
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.
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’.
For those of you XOOM Wi-Fi owners who decided to wait for the official 4.0.4 update to hit, you should be able to snag the update as week speak. The update has begun to officially roll out for ll devices and users are reporting a successful upgrade. If you still aren’t seeing the update notification you can check under Settings > About Tablet > System Update. From there you should see an available update and force the download. After updating you can expect the following:
Looks to be a nice little update so if you have yet to update what are you waiting for! Let us know in the comments what you think of the improvements!
UK retailer Dixons has slashed the price of their Motorola XOOM WiFi version down to £329 ($530 U.S.). That’s a big discount considering the device started at £499 and is now lower than the £399 it was at a few short weeks ago. Dixons has made a similar discount on the XOOM 3G version now available for £399 ($643 U.S.). If you can’t wait, this might be a good time to buy. It’s no mystery that the XOOM has had a hard time making it’s mark, but perhaps more price cuts will help. There is sure to be more deals right around the corner as retailers clear stock and get ready for the holidays.