Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru has confirmed that the Motorola Xoom will not be getting the Android 4.2 update and will stay on version 4.1.2. The reason stated that the Motorola Xoom will not get the update is due to older hardware currently used in the Motorola Xoom already having speed issues reported with Android 4.1 on the devices.
The Motorola Xoom has had some of the best support by Google when it comes to updates to this point. Those owners of the very old device running a newer version of Android have been lucky to own it. On a side note the Xoom will likely get an unofficial update to Android 4.2 from the Android community so have no fear if you want it you will likely get it anyway.
Even with the Xoom running Android 4.1.2, an early version of Jelly Bean its still as far if not further ahead than most newer devices. Let us know how you feel about the Xoom not getting the update via comments below.
Soak testing started in the Motorola Xoom a few days ago and it seems that the update to Android 4.1.1 has gone smooth enough to move forward. What this means is that anyone not involved in soak tests of the Motorola Xoom will be getting the update in the next week or so. You can see from the video above that the install process is quite easy and has no issues that we have found.
As you can see in the video above the Motorola Xoom running Android 4.1.1 runs very smooth and has everything you would expect with the Jelly Bean update besides Chrome. Even though Chrome is missing you can easily download it from the Google Play store. Be expecting the Android 4.1.1 update to your Motorola Xoom very soon. We will let you know when it actually starts pushing out officially.
Rumors are everywhere about what devices will or will not get Android 4.0 in the form of an official upgrade. The Motorola Xoom has been brought up as the device that should get the first official Ice Cream Sandwich update.
On Motorola’s support forums a moderator named Matt confirmed that the Motorola Xoom will be getting this update to Android 4.0. There was however a statement that he had no way of knowing if it would be the first Honeycomb tablet to get this update.
So now at least we know that the Xoom will eventually get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We don’t have a time frame or even an estimated time at this point but we will keep you all informed as more information comes available.
Apparently a Droid Life reader received an email stating that Motorola will begin the 4G LTE upgrades to the Xoom in the next few days. This seems to be only for those that are business and government customers although will be followed shortly by the rest of the world.
While it was thought that the Xoom’s would have to be sent to Verizon for the upgrades it looks like they will be sent back to Motorola instead. Motorola has promised a 3 day turn around on all tablets sent to them for the upgrade. Motorola will be sending packaging for free shipping for all of those that registered for the upgrade so it will be free.
Be sure when sending back your Xoom that you backup all of the information as the device may be reset back to factory during the upgrade. Also if you decide to leave any information on the Xoom be sure its encrypted just to be safe.