Will Verduzco · Nov 18, 2013 at 01:00 pm

Squeeze Bigger ROMs onto the Motorola Xoom with BigPart

The  was a very important device. It was the first real Android tablet. Sure, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab predated the Xoom by some time, but shipping with Froyo meant that it often seemed like an overgrown smartphone rather than something fundamentally different.

As well specced and future proof as the Xoom was when it was first released, it has since started to show its age somewhat. The 1 GHz Tegra 2 isn’t as spritely as it once was, and the 1280×800 resolution no longer leaves viewers drooling. However, the majority of its Crow’s Feet stem not from its still competent dual-core CPU or 1 GB of RAM, but rather its stock partition layout. In fact, Motorola stated that there simply isn’t enough space on the device’s /system partition to house the more recent versions of Android.

While developers have managed to prolong the life of the device with Android updates far beyond the latest official updates from Motorola, this task has grown increasingly difficult as Android keeps evolving and growing larger. But since the device features a large total amount of memory, a repartition was in order. And now, XDA Recognized Developer bigrushdog and Senior Member realjumy (along with some help from Schischu and rchtk) were able to breathe new life into this device by creating BigPart.

Updating your device to the new partition layout is a fairly straightforward process. You must first load a new custom recovery. That recovery is then used to essentially perform a series of wipes and formats. And after all is said and done, your device will be repartitioned. It is important to note that  once you change your partition layout, you must only flash ROMs that are compatible with the BigPart partition layout.

Make your way over to the original thread to learn more. Please do keep in mind that since you’re messing with the partition layout, this is more dangerous than your average flash. But if you are careful and follow the instructions, there’s nothing inherently difficult about this process.


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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