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May 11, 2011

Motorola Xoom 3.1 update ota with manual instructions

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Motorola Xoom Android Tablet with Honeycomb

Google IO has kicked off with a lot of exciting news this year. Possibly the most exciting is the already live release of Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb update to the few, the proud Xoom tablet owners.   You can go to the Verizon website and follow their instruction to perform the upgrade.  For those of you who have rooted the Xoom and want to flash the install manually you can download the file here.  There has been some rumblings of this locking the bootloader, but that very well could be FUD. As always due diligence should be used in all flash upgrades.

This should allow for the upgraded Music beta to work. We’ve installed it here, and have yet to be able to upload any of the 20,000 song capacity.   Last and not least, this should allow movie rentals from youtube, and downloadable offline viewing as well.  The prices are assumed to be priced at $1.99 per USD.

We will follow with pictures and video as soon as we can produce the content. So make certain to come back and check this post for updates.

Update: quoted below are some of the improvements the Motorola Xoom 3.1 update is bringing to a tablet near you.  Initial consensus was that the update was going to be pushed out to the Verizon wireless customers only but word is that they are starting the WiFi only users are starting to see this as well.

Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) Software Update, Coming First to Motorola XOOM™, Delivers Support for Android Market Movie Rentals and Numerous Other Enhancements

Over-the-air software update rolling out this week to Motorola XOOM tablets on Verizon Wireless

Motorola XOOM users on the Verizon Wireless network will soon be able to rent movies, use a Bluetooth® headset during video chats, resize their widgets and more with an over-the-air software update for Android™ 3.1 (Honeycomb) that makes the Motorola XOOM experience even more powerful than before. The software update, coming first to Motorola XOOM and rolling out this week, delivers a wide range of new features and expanded functionality, including:

* Support for the new Android Market movie rentals service with thousands of titles available for immediate viewing on the Motorola XOOM’s high-resolution display or on a larger screen via HDMI
* Full support for the final release of Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web
* Resizable widgets to enable further customization of home screens
* Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras
* Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard
* Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers

Motorola XOOM with Wi-Fi tablets and other variants of Motorola XOOM will receive the update within the next several weeks. If users have questions or need support, they can visit or, or get help from other owners on our online community at

Certain features, services and applications are network dependent and may not be available in all areas; additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Specific functionality and features with each software version of Android may vary. Contact your service provider for details.


Update 2: I was working on a write up of the full methodology: How to manually update a Motorola Xoom to Android 3.1, and then I found that it had already been written quite well by the man behind Rom Manager himself Koush @koush on Twitter. You can find this on his blog.  If you work in custom ROM’s you almost certainly have heard of his app Rom Manager.  If you have used it then you know that it deserves to be paid for, buy it here: ROM Manager premium.

There is a posting of the directions in the Tablet Chat Android forums as well.

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