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Will Verduzco · Jan 2, 2014

Motorola Xoom Still Alive and Kicking, Receives Functional KitKat

The Motorola Xoom 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...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 24, 2013

The Evolution of Android – Part II

Android 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. (more…)

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Will Verduzco · Nov 18, 2013

Squeeze Bigger ROMs onto the Motorola Xoom with BigPart

The Motorola Xoom 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 1280x800...

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Conan Troutman · Dec 7, 2012

Team EOS Nightlies Bring Android 4.2 To The Motorola Xoom

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 17, 2012

Motorola Xoom Gets Stock Rooted Android 4.1.2

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 27, 2012

Team EOS 3 Stable Released for 5 Devices

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...

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Former Writer · Sep 23, 2012

Nexus 7 Look and Feel on the Motorola Xoom

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...

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Conan Troutman · Sep 16, 2012

Official CM10 Nightlies Now Available for the Motorola Xoom

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...

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Former Writer · Aug 18, 2012

Motorola Releases HTCDev-Like Unlocking Tool

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...

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Former Writer · Jul 31, 2012

Upgrade to Jelly Bean on Xoom Without Losing Root, Recovery, or Unlocked Bootloader

Recently, the Motorola Xoom joined the exclusive list of devices that have gotten an official taste of Google's latest and greatest. With that, the Motorola Xoom joins the Nexus 7 as the only two tablets with official Jelly Bean updates. Now, users can upgrade to official Jelly Bean without losing root, recovery, or their unlocked bootloaders. XDA Recognized Contributor stachre, who is no stranger to this process, has posted a repackaged update that will keep the Xoom rooted with the...

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Haroon Q. Raja · Jul 25, 2012

Jelly Bean Officially Lands on the US WiFi Xoom

Google is currently in the process of rolling out Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean to various Google Experience Devices. It has already been made available for the Galaxy Nexus, and later the Nexus S. The update is now heading towards the US WiFi version of Motorola Xoom (Wingray). If you own the first Google-supported Android tablet and want to get Jelly Bean up and running on it, wait no more! While you can wait for your table to receive the update, many...

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Former Writer · Jul 11, 2012

Motorola Xoom 4G and WiFi Versions Get Jelly Bean Nightlies

Since the Jelly Bean source code was released, developers have been head-over-heels trying to get Jelly Bean on their devices. The first releases will most likely be for devices running the pure Google experience. As the Motorola Xoom happens to be one of those devices, it's no surprise the tablet was among the first to receive the goods. Development team teameos has begun pumping out AOSP-built Jelly Bean nightly builds for the Motorola Xoom WiFi and 4G editions---also known as the...

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Ian Stacy · Mar 18, 2012

Cornea One-Click Tweak Tool Supports All Devices via ‘Toolkit’ Modules

A common method for delivering mods from devs to users the use of scripts, which are a set of instructions for an OS to run. Writing a script for Windows or Linux can simplify the root procedure for a device, quickly apply patches and modifications, and in general, make life easier for the end user. Often packaged as 'one-click' solutions, a well developed script can make even the most difficult operations manageable. XDA Forum Member epic118 has created a program...

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Former Writer · Feb 15, 2012

All-In-One Tool for Motorola Xoom Brings Dual Recovery

Tools are useful, that is why we have them. It is in the nature of humanity that our tools evolve with our needs for them, and while some tools deliver everything we want and more, some tools bring features to the table that are just plain cool. Such is the case with an AIO (All-In-One) tool that users of the Motorola Xoom can now use called Lord AIO Tool. XDA Senior Member XxLordxX has devised a script that offers a...

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Will Verduzco · Feb 9, 2012

EOS ICS Sheds Nightly Tag, Brings Joy to All Xoom Variants

About a month ago, we wrote about Team EOS, and the impressive work they have done for the previously neglected Motorola Xoom tablet. Despite already having many "firsts" under their collective belts thanks to their previous releases, their newest offering brings a couple of new highlights not yet seen in the Xoom Development Community. Thanks to the laborious efforts of XDA forum members Solarnz, Nusince, Bigrushdog, GPstar, kcrudup, and phokus; the fully open source, AOSP-built, and heavily-modified EOS Ice Cream Sandwich releases have finally shed their nightly...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 21, 2012

Add Ethernet Connectivity to the Motorola Xoom

Wireless network connectivity is a wonderful thing. Can you imagine what life would be like if we had to connect our mobile devices via Ethernet every time we wanted to send an email, check a stock quote, or even browse our lovely forums? Calling that inconvenient would be a gross understatement. That said, there are still situations in which  in which we must rely on wired connections in order to get online. To get connected without a WiFi hotspot, XDA Forum Member clotai has written drivers...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 18, 2012

Xoom Receives Official IML77 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

Just a few days ago, we wrote about how the IML77 update was already rolling out to select Motorola Xoom users who had opted in to the Motorola Feedback Network. After a week's worth of observation, the update has now been cleared for public consumption! If you're a rooted user who would prefer a pre-rooted stock build, XDA has you covered. Alternatively, if you're looking for one of the two most prolific custom ROMs currently available, that's a possibility as well. Now, however, users who haven't yet rooted their...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 14, 2012

EOS Brings 4G to the Xoom and So Much More

Just a couple of days ago, we wrote about how CyanogenMod 9 had triumphantly been kanged for the Motorola Xoom tablet. However in writing this, we largely (and unintentionally) ignored some of the most important developers and releases for Google's reference tablet. Anyone following the Xoom development timeline has surely noticed that the Team EOS, the evolution of TiamatXOOM, has racked up more than a few "firsts." From the first true custom ROM to the first the first 4G-enabled release...

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liwen · Jan 13, 2012

Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out To Select Motorola XOOMs, Here’s How To Get It Now

Motorola has begun rolling out a supposedly secret update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the XOOM tablet. It will go out only to those who signed up to participate in the "Motorola Feedback Network" program, and will presumably become available for mass consumption shortly after those testers approve of the update. But of course, you don't have to wait if you don't want to, thanks to solarnz who has posted a link to the update package. Since it's...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 10, 2012

Highly Functioning CM9 Kang Released for the Xoom

To my fellow Motorola Xoom owners out there, you can breathe a sigh of relief---we now have a taste of what we've been waiting for. Thanks to the hard work by the Rogue developer team, an incredibly highly functioning port of Cyanogen-infused Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for public consumption. According to XDA forum member Steady Hawkin, the ROM is nearly fully featured. And aside from face unlock, everything seems to work perfectly. This even includes full Camera, HDMI,...

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