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Motorola Xoom Still Alive and Kicking, Receives Functional KitKat

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The  is rapidly approaching its third birthday. And given its age, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is readily approaching time for retirement. However, thanks to innovations such as the recently covered bigpart partition layout, the device still clings to life.

Now, the device has highly functional 4.4.2 KitKat-based OmniROM builds, courtesy of XDA Forum Member Schischu, along with some help from quite a few other developers mentioned in the thread’s OP. Currently, there are only a few very minor issues with selecting alternate keyboards and audio dock volume controls. However, these are relatively minor and don’t hinder every day usage too greatly.

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The Evolution of Android – Part II

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android-evolutionAndroid is six years old now. One week ago, we presented the first part of the Android story. Now, it’s time to continue the journey.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away—located in Mountain View, the first version of the operating system dedicated for tablets was born. Google called it 3. 0 Honeycomb and presented it alongside the Motorola Xoom.. . . READ ON »

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Squeeze Bigger ROMs onto the Motorola Xoom with BigPart

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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 t. . . READ ON »

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Team EOS Nightlies Bring Android 4.2 To The Motorola Xoom

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There were a couple of reasons that many Motorola Xoom owners, myself included, were concerned we may not see Android 4.2 on our devices any time soon. First, Google decided to drop both the Xoom and Nexus S from the Android Open Source Project—effectively leaving them to live out their final days on Android 4.1, in official capacity at least. There were also concerns about the size of the /system partition. Obviously as the Android operating system evolves, ROMs become larger and begin to approach the limits of system space available on some older devices. All that is now irrelevant though thanks to those stalwarts of Xoom development, Team EOS.

EOS4 Nightlies are based on Android 4.2, and will hopefull. . . READ ON »

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Motorola Xoom Gets Stock Rooted Android 4.1.2

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The Motorola Xoom is a marvelous device. Being the first Honeycomb tablet and the lead device for an iteration of Android are great accomplishments. Poking fun at Apple in the Xoom’s Super Bowl ad is an even better accomplishment. Just because the Xoom is “only” dual-core and reaching its second birthday (way past retirement age in the mobile device world) doesn’t mean it’s a legacy or forgotten device.

XDA Recognized Contributor and Wingray supporter extraordinaire stachre has released a stock build of Android 4.1.2 with root. This is a follow-up to his stock Android 4.1.1 with root thread, which was itself a follow up to his stock Android 4.0.4 with root thread, and so on. In fact s. . . READ ON »

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Team EOS 3 Stable Released for 5 Devices

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Team EOS is an incredibly talented developer group that has brought AOSP goodness to a variety of devices. In the process, they have been featured on the Portal in the past. Now, the dev team has released their latest stable build, version 3, for 5 devices. These include the Motorola Xoom, the Nexus 7, and all three versions of the Galaxy Nexus.

While all builds were released by teameos, the Motorola Xoom version was posted by XDA Recognized Developer solarnz on behalf of the entire team. All 5 builds are, as they claim to be, stable and offer a very large number of features. These include:

Android 4.1.1 AOSP based.
Theme Chooser
Battery Indicator Mods
Clock Mods
Status Bar Color
Navigation Bar Color
Softkey

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Nexus 7 Look and Feel on the Motorola Xoom

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There is no doubt that the Nexus 7 is one of the current flagship Android tablets. It’s not the biggest, but it’s a solid, stable device for a great price—and it has great specs as well. However, not everyone can afford to upgrade their tablets, and must stay with what they have. That doesn’t mean that Motorola Xoom owners can’t enjoy some of the feel of the Nexus 7.

XDA Senior Member emofishcake has released a mod that will give the Motorola Xoom many of the elements of the Nexus 7 UI. Currently, the mod includes:

framework.apk for specific device/rom combos (to be pushed to system)
slim NavBar
StatBar (same dpi as Navbar symmetrical)
CWM flashable ZIP
use the ZIP to change DPI also

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Official CM10 Nightlies Now Available for the Motorola Xoom

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It’s time for another CM10 for [insert device here] post. This however is not just any old device. It’s the Motorola Xoom, the Honeycomb lead device—a tablet that’s stood the test of time. It also happens to be this author’s tablet of choice, which is why I’m pretty excited. A highly optimized and tweaked build of Android 4.1 has been available for the Xoom (WiFi Wingray, 3G Everest, 4G Stingray) for a while now thanks to the fantastic work of TeamEOS. However, more options is never a bad thing, and many users have grown to love CyanogenMod.

XDA Recognized Developer Steady Hawkin broke the news of official CM10 nightlies for both the Winray & Stingray versions. All t. . . READ ON »

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Motorola Releases HTCDev-Like Unlocking Tool

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Motorola and their locked bootloaders have been a topic of discussion here on the XDA Portal on multiple occasions. They have locked down all of their newest devices, and have even released updates to lock down the older ones. This has caused a lot of backlash from members here on XDA, especially since Motorola was acquired by Google not too long ago. This caused speculation as to whether Motorola would take the open source values of their parent company, and if so, when this would happen. It seems as if this may be starting to happen now.

Motorola has released the first version of their bootloader unlocker tool. It has a lot in common with HTCDev. Users will need the Android SDK and the Motorola drivers. Then, itR. . . READ ON »

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