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Former Writer · Dec 28, 2011

Xoot For the Xoom Gives You Root Plus More

XDA Member epic118 has just released Xoot for the Xoom. Not only is it fun to say, but it's actually a pretty useful little tool for Xoom owners. He doesn't mention OS compatibility, but the .rar file contains .dll, .bat and .exe files so it's safe to assume this will work on at least Windows. The functionality of it is quite nice and includes the following: Bootloader lock/unlock Root your XOOM (thanks solarnz) Convert from a region XOOM to a...

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liwen · Dec 17, 2011

Motorola Xoom Gets Android 4.0.3 Port

XDA member razorbladex401 has managed to get Android 4.0.3 working on the Motorola Xoom WiFi just a short time after Google made the new software available. The port lacks camera functionality, plus there are certain issues with green coloring on the screen at times. For download links and instructions, hit the discussion thread. Or, if you have the 3G/4G version of the Xoom and want to try 4.0.3, check out this ROM from xxspark89xx.

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Will Verduzco · Dec 11, 2011

Is the Galaxy Nexus Still a “Nexus?”

If you thought that simply because you weren't buying a Verizon-bloated Galaxy Nexus that you would be privy to a true Google Experience, guess again! As first noted by XDA forum member Luxferro, who discovered that his GSM Samsung Galaxy Nexus's build.prop fingerprint didn't quite match up to the expected, not every Galaxy Nexus is a Galaxy Nexus. What is "Nexus?" Let's take a few steps back and figure out what's going on. To do so, we must take a look at...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 31, 2011

Motorola XOOM Now Rocking 4G-Capable Rooted 3.2.2!

The development world never sleeps, at least not on XDA. Immediately after receiving the 3.2.2 OTA yesterday, XDA forum member AceXMachine promptly provided the stock images to fellow XDA forum member solarnz. Does that name sound familiar to you? It should. The Tiamat team member has plenty of ROM, kernel, and recovery work under his belt. Now, the developer provides us with a pre-rooted version of the stock images that can be applied to any device regardless of model or country of origin....

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Will Verduzco · Aug 15, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 47

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we'll concentrate on everyone's favorite large-screened devices--Honeycomb-powered tablets! Q: Is it possible to turn the a500 display off when connecting to a TV using HDMI out? If you try to lock the device (hit the power button), it halts the device completely. There is not brightness option for "completely off," so that's...

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mic_888 · Aug 1, 2011

MicroSD Mounter For XOOM HC 3.2 ROOT Users

If you're a Motorola XOOM owner, take a look at the useful app XDA forum member ekarelis has made to re-mount the microSD card as read/write for rooted Motorola XOOM Honeycomb 3.2 users. The app simply dismounts and remounts the microSD card in it's 'stock' location as read/write. Optionally, you can also add a mount point to /sdcard/ external which is friendlier for some apps. Note that the app is still under development so the dev states that use of this...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2011

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 27, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 41

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers Portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. This week, we'll concentrate on three officially sanctioned Google Experience devices: the Google Nexus S, the Google Nexus One, and the Motorola XOOM. Q: I frequently get force closes in acore and google services framework. How do I fix this? [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.] A: Really easy, this will fix either...

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orb3000 · Jun 10, 2011

First Motorola Xoom Cooked ROM Available

Thanks to XDA member bigrushdog, we now have the first Motorola Xoom cooked ROM available. The Tiamat Team presents Xoom Rom 1.0 Deodexed, featuring a packed ROM with Tiamat 1.4.4 stock GPU, rooted with SU and superuser, desktop UA string, CRT screen off animation, call setting with SIP, SMS capable, Wifi Ad-Hoc mod enabled, USB mass storage enabled, plus many more goodies. Please make sure that you know what you are doing as this is a delicate process which will void your...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 2, 2011

XOOM Now Zooming Along at 1.7 GHz Thanks to Tiamat Kernel

Not to long ago, we brought you news that the Motorola XOOM had been overclocked to 1.6 GHz. Now it seems as if XDA forum member bigrushdog is at it again by rushing your XOOM's clockspeed all the way up to 1.7 GHz. The end result is a 70% CPU overclock... Simply amazing. With a 70% CPU overlock and a 33% GPU overclock, you may be able to stave off Kal-El (Quad Core Tegra 3) inspired jealously for a little while....

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mic_888 · May 23, 2011

Xoom WiFi Only 3.1 Update – Flashable, No Wipe Necessary, External Storage Enabled

If you're the owner of the WiFi US Xoom, you'll be pleased to know that XDA forum member publicanimal has put together a flashable, no wipe, external storage enabled update file for the 3.1 Honeycomb update. The XDA member has incorporated a modified version of stachre's updater-script into the official WiFi 3.1 update from Google. Also added was the kernel and all of the files from bigrushdog's HC3.1 zip, except for the system.img file, meaning that the the WiFi only...

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Will Verduzco · May 16, 2011

XOOM Now Overclocked to 1.6 GHz, Smacks Quadrant Around a Few Times

Does running your shiny new Motorola XOOM at only 1.5 GHz (or heaven forbid, the stock speed of 1.0 GHz) having you feeling a little blue? As always, there is a cure to be found within the confines of the xda-developers forum. This time, our fix comes from XDA member bigrushdog, who has updated his speedy and popular Tiamat kernel to support Android 3.1 Honeycomb. With this update, the developer has also upped the over-clocking ante by taking us to 1.6 GHz....

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egzthunder1 · May 14, 2011

Would You Like to Use Hulu on Your Xoom? Here is Hope!

Quite possibly one of the least understood deficiencies in the world of Android is the inherited lack of flash support in many browsers, which is required to enjoy the likes of Youtube and Hulu (at least in the US). It looks, however, that the latest installment of the Flash Player update for Android (Flash 10.3) has a hidden gem inside and thanks to XDA member bigrushdog, it has been modded to allow Xoom owners to view the infamous Hulu in their...

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egzthunder1 · May 7, 2011

New Keyboard for Tablets Project

If you have a tablet, regardless of the make or size, you probably think that there must be, somewhere, a better keyboard. This, in fact, has been a reality for virtually all devices since the invention of the touch keyboard. Due to the size and resolution of some of the newer tabs out there, most keyboards out there will either not work or look very (and I do mean very) distorted. Thanks to XDA member mssmison, there may be hope ahead...

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mic_888 · May 2, 2011

Permanent Change For US WiFi Xoom – Desktop UA String

Many readers will know that in the Android browser, settings can be changed on the User Agent string in order for your Android browser to identify istelf as a desktop browser whilst surfing the web. This involves opening the web browser, typing in 'about:debug' in the address bar and hitting Go. You then need to go into Settings and manually amend the UAString option to identify itself as Android or Desktop. XDA forum member insty became frustrated with having to...

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Will Verduzco · May 2, 2011

The Weekly Q&A: Week 35

As part of our regular Q&A session here on the XDA-Developers portal, I'll be covering some questions and issues frequently seen here in the world of XDA. Q: I have a little headphone icon showing up in the system tray, and I have no idea why, or what exactly it means is happening. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.] A: While the notification pops up at seemingly random some times, this is nothing to be alarmed about. Honeycomb simply...

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mic_888 · Apr 30, 2011

Eee Pad Transformer My Water Live Wallpaper & More On Xoom

If you're lusting after the My Water Liver Wallpaper featured on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, XDA forum member sano614 has posted this as well as the Weather widget and Asus Transformer wallpaper as working on the Motorola Xoom! Credit goes to dc13 from the Eee Pad Transformer Forum for de-odexing the ROM so that the rest of the XDA community can enjoy! You'll need to install via adb or using Root Explorer and change the permissions. The XDA member...

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mic_888 · Apr 17, 2011

Official Moto Video Player Made Available For Xoom

If you're a Xoom owner and not impressed with the stock media player, fear not as XDA forum member SS2006 has provided the Official Motorola Video Player for you to install to your Honeycomb tablet. The Official Video player is a powerful player and works with UPnP for streaming 720p content from your home network. The file will need to be pushed via adb or installed with Root Explorer. If you have problems with the download links provided in the...

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mic_888 · Apr 13, 2011

How To Mount USB External Harddisk(s) To Your Xoom

Want to be able to mount multiple harddisks to your Xoom? XDA forum member hawk2k8 has written a guide on how to do this with support for NTFS partitions, thanks to another guide found on the web. You'll need one microUSB male to USB-A female OTG cable, one powered USB hub with USB-A male connector and of course your USB external harddisk and Xoom. Your Xoom must be rooted and USB hosting mode must be enabled via a hack (instructions...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 13, 2011

Have a XOOM and Want a Functional SD Slot? We’ve Got You Covered!

Tired of waiting for Motorola to enable SD Card functionality in your XOOM? Luckily, XDA forum member Bigrushdog felt the same way and decided to do something about it. In the latest revision of his Tiamat overclocked kernel for the Motorola XOOM, he has accomplished exactly that. Version 1.3.0 SD Card enabled! Look for "sdcard2" in root. Same install instructions as 1.1.6 Huge thanks to kcrudup for ideas on gpio and "mount at boot" service. You da man! Thanks onicrom...

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