July 12, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
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.]
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 android.process.acore force closing or google.services.framework force closing.
WARNING!: This will wipe contacts. It seems acore fc’s when there are corrupted contacts. Usually by restoring contacts on an incompatible ROM….
And will temporarily wipe market list. So backup your contacts!
Step by step:
0. Make sure Sync is off, leave it off for some time!
1. Go into settings
2. Select Applications
3. Select Manage Applications
4. (If you are on 2.2) Select the All tab
5. Scroll down until you find Contacts Storage (select it).
6. Wipe data+clear cache(If available)
7. Hit back
8. Scroll down until you find Google Services Framework (select it)
9. Wipe data+clear cache (if available)
10. Reboot and enjoy
Enable sync again when your convinced that the error has gone.
Q: Does the $5.99 T-zones hack [work] on the Nexus S? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]
A: Unlike the Nexus One, the IMEIs of the Nexus S are known to T-Mobile and you are forced to upgrade to a more recent plan. Of course there are ways around this, but they are achieved through duplicitous means.
Q: Is it worth it moving my apps to the [internal] SD Card on my NS? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]
A: Do not move apps if you wish for them to be accessible immediately after boot (i.e. widgets). Additionally, you should be aware that FAT32, which is used on the USB Storage partition, is slower than EXT4, which is used in the /data partition. I would only start moving them over to .android_secure if you’re running low on space.
Q: What are all the Nexus S *# commands (secret codes)? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]
A: Many, but not all, of the ones in the Wiki for Galaxy S phones work.
Q: I’ve been invited to the Google Music Beta and have uploaded my songs but I can’t access them on my XOOM. When I open the music app, it just tells me that I should connect via USB to transfer songs onto my XOOM? [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]
A: In order to fix this issue, you must download the newest version from the market.
That wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.
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 warranty. Show your gratitude by leaving some comments.
Last minute note: According to the guys at Clockwork Recovery, version 4 for Motorola XOOM has been released on ROM Manager, it adds ROM Manager support, fixes the /sdcard (/data/media) wipe bug, and backups are now tar format.
Originally posted by bigrushdog
VERIZON 3G USERS WITH ACTIVATED SERVICE: DONT DOWNLOAD JUST YET. THE ROM BREAKS 3G ACTIVATION. I’M WORKING OF A FIX RIGHT NOW.
Welcome to Team Tiamat Xoom Rom 1.0
Team Tiamat Xoom Rom Team organization:
These guys really know how to win. That why we roll like that!
This OP will be quick and dirty as I am going on vacation. Any Xoomers around Panama City Beach wanna by me a beer, holla.
First and foremost, the Xoom Community owes a debt of gratitude to Roach from the Transformer board. He pointed me toward the
Truly the most epic piece of script. Roach is WIN in it’s purest form! Thanks man, you got the party started!
Continue to the ROM thread.
June 2, 2011 By: Will Verduzco
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.
In the words of the developer:
Release Notes for 1.4.4: 1.7Ghz is likely as far as we can push the Tegra2 cores. We have stress tested the heck out of 1.7 and it is safe. However, safe does not mean stable. Personally, I can run 1.7 on Interactive governor all day and it’s smooth as butter. Other folks get reboots. If you can not run at 1.7, try 1.6. Everybody who tested was able to run at 1.504 without any problems.
Just because this release is clocked to 1.7, that does not mean you can not run at stock speeds. Simply do not overclock. The settings for 1Ghz are identical to stock settings. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you leave your device on INTERACTIVE. You may use Performance solely for benchmarking purposes, but then PUT IT BACK.
Be sure to continue on to the kernel thread to get your XOOM overclocking fix; your tablet will thank you.
May 23, 2011 By: mic_888
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 software gets installed on your WiFi only Xoom.
The benefit, states the XDA member, is that this does not require a factory data reset and also provides access to the external SD card in the /sdcard/external folder.
If you want to find out more and to download the file, head on over to the forum thread.
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.
Tiamat is a kernel designed for use on the Motorola Xoom. We are very exicted about the future of Honeycomb and Tegra development.
- Two builds! Overclocked to 1.6Ghz and 1.4Ghz. If you had stability issues with 1.5Ghz, choose the 1.4Ghz. If 1.5Ghz ran fine for you, grab the 1.6Ghz.
- Just for now, kernel version had to drop to 22.214.171.124 from 126.96.36.199
- All the popular file system and network mount modules including:
- CIFS for windows network mounts
- NFS and XFS
- TUN with full ipv6 support!
- AUFS for dual mount and other uses
- NTFS for mounting ntfs partitions
- nls_utf8.ko for foreing language network mounts
- And much more!
- Implemented USB Ethernet for USB Tether from phone to Xoom!
- Extreme debug bloat removal and massive kernel optimization
- Linpack 69 and Quadrant 4800! (on 1.6Ghz Performance governor)
As with all over-clocked kernel installations, there is a moderate amount of risk involved. However, as the results show, the gains are quite amazing. To make sure your XOOM doesn’t get too jealous, be sure to continue on to the original thread! After all, who knows… You may just break 4500 like forum member Elysian893.
May 14, 2011 By: egzthunder1
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 devices. The file comes in as an apk, so the installation of this is quite simple. The only thing you need to be aware of is the fact that the device must identify itself as a Desktop or else the browser will not be verified for use with the service.
The dev also goes on to mention that this seems to be done for Honeycomb 3.1, which enables Tegra hardware acceleration. Also, there have been various reports that this also works on the ASUS Transformer. So, if you are up to spending a few minutes to take this for a spin, give it a go and leave some feedback if it worked for you.
Alrighty Xoomers! Here ya go. Just a quickie. Uninstall Flash. Install the BRDizzled version for Flash 10.3 Huluness!
NOTE: You must change your browser “UA String” to “desktop” to watch Hulu.
You can find more information in the mod thread.
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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 because he is currently working on a new design of a multi-touch keyboard for Galaxy devices. Once he is done with this part of the project, the work will shift to larger screens with higher resolutions like the Motorola Xoom. The layout is quite original as there are not too many keyboards out there with split profile. When you have a large screen (10+ inches), something like this can become quite useful.
The dev will release his creation soon, so be patient and follow up the developments. And once he does release it, please remember to leave some feedback.
Info:A free basic multitouch keyboard for tablets, (a paid version with more features may come later, or I may just update the free version)
- Word prediction
- capability for multilanguage support (depends on interest I guess)
- FREE (My favorite words ever!)
You can find more information in the project thread.
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May 2, 2011 By: mic_888
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 do this every time, hence the XDA member has patched up the US WiFi Xoom to make this a permanent change.
The package is a CWM flashable package and the XDA member has also included the stock framework should you want to revert back.
For more information and to download the zip, check out the modification thread.
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 places a headphones icon in the notification area to let you know that the Music Player app is running in the background. Sometimes, this is triggered by disconnecting headphones or removing the tablet from the dock.
Q: I don’t know what happened but yesterday after i restarted my N1, most of my apps on SD Card couldn’t seemed anymore! Apps are on the list, on the desktop and on the apps settings (without original icon). But my system doesn’t connect apps on my sd card. [Question originally seen in the Nexus One Q&A Section.]
A: It’s quite possible that the SD card has become corrupted. XDA forum member habs25 had a similar experience and was able to solve his woes with CHKDSK built into Windows. If that fails, a low level format of the SD card and reinstalling the old applications should do the trick.
Q: I want to be able to plug my DSLR camera directly into the USB on my Xoom and download the pictures. Is this possible if I root and use the new Tiamat Kernel? [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]
A: While you currently cannot connect a camera directly to the XOOM to download images (unless your camera supports USB Mass Storage mode), the easiest way to do this would be to use a USB card reader with your XOOM. An excellent guide is available in the forums on how to use USB Mass Storage with things like card readers and thumb drives.
Q: I was streaming a tv show and paused it and turned the screen off to answer a phone call. After about a 10 minute conversation i went to turn it back on and nothing. Holding down the power button doesn’t do anything. I plugged it into the charger and nothing also. I am rooted with custom kernel installed with SetCPU to scale all the way up to 1500 MHz. It’s been overclocked for a few weeks. When streaming I did notice it getting a couple degrees over 100 fahrenheit but didn’t think that much of it cuz my EVO can get a lot hotter. I didn’t buy a warranty through Best Buy, so I haven’t checked what their return policy is. I’m sure Motorola has some sort of warranty which I KNOW I voided with the rooting and such. What should I do? I’ve only had this thing for less than a month. It’s the wifi only version. [Question originally seen in the Motorola XOOM Q&A Section.]
A: As XDA forum member Rajones19 points out, “Might have just been a lock-up. Did you try to reboot it by holding down Power and Volume Up? That’s saved me a few times when things came to a crashing halt.”
Q: We have no lanyard hole in the Nexus S. Any ideas how to attach it? [Question originally seen in the Nexus S Q&A Section.]
A: Unfortunately, there really is no place to attach a lanyard to the Nexus S. While you may be able to thread a lanyard through the speaker holes in the removable battery back, we don’t recommend it… That is, unless you want your phone going flying at the slightest tug. But hey, that would keep your battery back from hitting the ground with catastrophic fury!
That about wraps it up for this week’s session. Stay tuned for more news and Q&A sessions! As always, if you have any suggestions for stories or questions that we should cover, please feel free to send me (or any other News Writer) a private message.
April 30, 2011 By: mic_888
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 notes that if you get an “INSTALL_PARSE_FAILED_NO_CERTIFICATES” error on tiamat 1.4, you should try to install the signed apks provided by shift_. Alternatively the XDA member has rar’d up the whole /app/ folder, for those interested in other Transformer goodies to try.
To download the files, head on over to the forum thread.
April 17, 2011 By: mic_888
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.
April 13, 2011 By: mic_888
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 provided) and you’ll also need a script tool such as GScript Lite, which is available for free on the Market and the NTFS supporting files (also provided).
For detailed instructions, and to download the necessary files, head on over to the modification thread.