More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Rooted Android 3.2 Update Available for the US WiFi-Only XOOM!
As soon as the Android Developers Blog stated yesterday that changes to the way Honeycomb handled fitting Android 2.x applications to a large tablet screen, the internet was aflutter with rumors of the 3.2 update coming soon. Luckily for XOOM users everywhere, this really meant that the major update would launch today!
Several lucky XDA forum members with stock US WiFi models have already reported receiving the update. Now, however, it seems as if those waiting for root can play as well thanks to the efforts of XDA forum member Stachre.
EARLY RELEASE NOTE: I’ve just finished a couple of rounds of testing, and more updates to this procedure are coming. Please proceed only if you’re tech-savvy with your Xoom, ready to restore to stock in case of issues, and very impatient.
WARNING: Following this procedure may damage or permamently destroy your device. This procedure is provided with NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. Perform this procedure at your own risk.
COMPATIBILITY NOTE: I have personally tested this procedure ONLY ON THE US XOOM WI-FI MZ604 with STOCK Android 3.1 HMJ37. If you have a non-US Xoom Wi-Fi, this procedure may break your device. If you have a Xoom 3G, this procedure may break your device.
AWESOMENESS NOTE: Instead of copying files which you’re going to adb push to the platform-tools directory every time, why not just add the directory to yourPATH environment variable (“How to update your PATH”)? That way, you can run adb from any directory you want.
Here’s a run-down on the current procedure:
- Updates the Xoom WiFi to Android 3.2 using ClockworkMod Recovery (update.zip)
- Resolves issue in updater-script: get_prop ro.product.device wingray
- Leaves existing recovery partition intact (stock update overwrites it on every reboot)
- Sets correct permission on su to enable functioning root
- Flashes the boot (kernel) partition to stock (required at this time)
- Updates system partition
- Stock kernel means no extras (overclocking, etc.) from custom kernels
- Leaves user data intact
Continue on to the update guide thread to get your Honeycomb update fix![For those of you who wish to remain 100% stock and have a US WiFi-only XOOM currently running 3.1, the incremental update can be found here courtesy of kurt5510 and Sparticuz. The preferred method for installation is to place the file on a USB key, and use a USB-OTG adapter to connect the key to the XOOM. Once connected, the update should be accessible through the stock recovery.]
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