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
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)
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, a German court ruled the Motorola Xoom, made by Google Inc.’s Motorola Mobility, does not infringe on Apple’s iPad. In addition, Motorola had claimed the iPad’s design patent was invalid which was denied by the court.
Apple’s main goal was to have the device banned across Europe, claiming the design of the Xoom infringed upon three iPad designs. Even though the judges ruled against Apple’s claim, they denied Motorola’s counterclaim that the iPad design patent was invalid. The court ultimately rejected both parties and Apple was required to pay two-thirds of the costs and Motorola to pay one-third.
In two previous hearings, Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann indicated that the court was leaning in Motorola’s favor, saying the design of the tablet was sufficient enough to give it individual character.
We already knew that the Motorola XOOM will be receiving Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean sooner rather than later so it’s no surprise soak testing is about to begin. Motorola just sent out emails to Motorola forum members that own the XOOM WiFI inviting them to test an upcoming update. Although we can’t say with 100% certainty that this upcoming soak test is indeed Jelly Bean, I think it’s safe to assume that it is.
Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We would like to invite to you take part in a software test for owners of the U.S. Wi-Fi Xoom. If you are not using a U.S. Wi-Fi Xoom, please excuse and ignore this message.
If you’re interested in testing new software and providing feedback about your experience, please fill out this short registration form:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=s8wLrWAR2ZbnUuF0A9SnDA_3d_3d
We recommend you respond as quickly as possible as start times are generally fluid. Please be patient if we don’t contact you right away — and be prepared for a launch at any time.
When we’re ready to begin we will send an email with more information, if you register successfully.
Assuming everything goes well, all users should see the update by the end of the week or next week at the latest!!
Cheers Mark and Ted
Google’s Technical Lead for the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), Jean-Baptiste M. Queru (JBQ), announced a short while ago via Google Groups that Android 4.1 is being released to AOSP. According to JBQ, it is available with the name “android-4.1.1_r1” on the jb-dev development branch.
JBQ recommends the creation of new clients to improve sync speed and produce smaller clients. He also indicates in his post that proprietary binaries are ready for the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Binaries for the Galaxy S and Xoom are expected to follow shortly and coincide with the timing of their consumer release.
source: Google Groups
Good news for the Moto XOOM owners across the pond and then some. Motorola Europe announced today that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is rolling out to XOOMs in various regions. This OTA update will be just like any other in that the roll out will be dispatched in groups, hitting all targeted regions over the course of the next few weeks. It looks as if Europe will be getting an icy treat just in time for the warm summer weather.
Motorola started to roll out the Android 4.0.4 (IMM76L) to testers earlier this week and whispers from the tech world today are suggesting that the full roll-out has begun. As ever, the roll-out will be staggered, meaning it will be a bit of a lottery as to when your update will be pushed.
If you’re not the patient type then we have some good news for you. The little trick that was discovered on the Galaxy Nexus which allows the user to force a pending update also works on the Xoom. Just in case you’ve forgotten the steps, we’ve listed the instructions below:
- Open up the settings > applications > all
- Scroll down to ‘Google Services Framework’
- Open the application details
- Click on the ‘Clear Data’ and then ‘Force Stop’ buttons
- Open up settings > About tablet > System updates and hit the ‘Check now’ button
Please bare in mind that you may need to repeat the process 4 or 5 times before the update kicks in. Once you get it running, be sure to check back in and let us know your thoughts on Android 4.0.4.Source: Droid Life