Shortly after the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Motorola Xoom started rolling out, a lot of eager users are still left in the dark. However, with a lot of users, not having root access is another major factor to not updating the device to ICS just yet. Thanks to XDA-Developers forum member stachre
, users can now manually install a rooted but stock version of the Android 4.0.3 IML77 ICS firmware on their Xoom. This ROM is specifically meant for the US Wi-FI model only, and not the 3G/4G models or non US Wi-Fi models.
If you have just installed the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Xoom
that we covered, you would now have lost all root access on the device. However, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member anidrin,
we now have a confirmed working root solution of the Xoom on Android 4.0.3 ICS. If you flashed the CWM packaged ROM, you will have the recovery intact on the Xoom, even if not, no worries, you can get it back easily. All that, after the break!
Let the Ice Cream Sandwich madness begin! Motorola Xoom, Google's flagship Honeycomb tablet, has just received it’s first working ICS ROM thanks to XDA-Developers forum member razorbladex401. The ROM is a work in progress and meant for the Xoom Wi-Fi only, but for some strange reasons people on the forum have reported it to be working on their 3G Xoom tablets as well, however, if you do have a 3G Xoom, we advise you to stay away from such adventures, especially if you have never rooted or installed custom ROMs on it. Coming back to the ROM, there may be some graphical glitches as per the developer, but the important thing is, Wi-Fi is working, and users are reporting a very snappy and smooth OS. We again advice, that users who have experience with custom ROMs on their Xoom devices, only they try this out, you never know what bug you might hit and want to revert back. Oh and one more thing, you will loose root, but there’s a cure for that. Link, can be found at the bottom of the post. Read More
RootzWiki forum member Steady Hawkin has come up with his custom version of the ClockworkMod recovery for the Motorola Xoom which brings along quite a few useful features. If you have a rooted Xoom with no custom recovery installed, you should definitely give this recovery a go. Totally clueless about what a custom recovery can do for you? You should see our guide on what is ClockworkMod recovery for Android and how to use it. Read More
In case you have Motorola Xoom from Telstra and are looking to gain root privileges after latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, then you problem is solved! nkahoang, a newbie on XDA Developers, has posted a tutorial for folks on Telstra to root their devices keeping the 3G functionality intact. The rooting method, however, is for seasoned ADB Androiders with some good command over different functionalities that ADB has to offer. Read More
Motorola XOOM is easily the most popular Android tablets for those looking to customize it to the core. However, the recent Honeycomb 3.2 port for rooted XOOM tabs resulted in losing SD Card mount functionality for many users. ekarelis, XDA member and Android developer, has released a fix for this situation that comes in shape of any easily installable MicroSD Mounter App [APK
]. The app is created primarily to enable SD Card remount as Read / Write for Motorola XOOMs with root and running a custom Android 3.2 Honeycomb ROM.
Sideloading Netflix app on different Android tablets running Android 3.x Honeycomb is nowadays major concern for many Android tablet users. But as Netflix is trying it’s level best to restrict downloads, content and compatibility after their “rumored” partnership with Lenovo became public, the developers are at large and working hard to juice out latest Netflix app upgrades from different Android phone and making them work on their tablets / phones etc. Read More
Not using a Wi-Fi modem at home? Have an Ad hoc network setup and can’t manage to connect your Motorola Xoom tablet to it? To be honest, Xoom isn’t the first and only device harboring this limitation, so if you were frustrated about it till now, maybe that would help make you feel a tad bit better. You’d feel even better knowing that XDA-Developers forum member mr_wrong_0
has released a mod allowing your Xoom to support Ad-Hoc networks.
Motorola Xoom owners who just updated their devices to the Honeycomb 3.2 update now have the first custom kernel for the 3.2 update to play around with. Tiamat 2.0.0 Katana
kernel is developed by the team Tiamat who have been working hard on the Xoom’s development. We have covered a few kernels by this team based on Honeycomb 3.1 and 3.0 in the past as well. The kernel brings in an sweet overclock of up to to 1.7Ghz along with a few other goodies.
Rumors have been going around the internet for a while, of a Honeycomb 3.2 update in the works for the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet and that Xoom owners might be seeing it sooner then expected as an OTA. While the update may not have rolled out on massive scale, XDA-Developers forum member stachre
has managed to release the 3.2 update for the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and put it up for download. According to him, the update has only been tested on a US Xoom Wi-Fi (MZ604) model running Honeycomb 3.1 stock, and he believes that if you try this update on a Xoom Wi-Fi based outside the US, or a model other then the US one, you may brick your phone. Similarly, trying this update on your Xoom 3G may brick it as well, so be very particular about this.
The Xoom get’s another awesome custom kernel yet again, named Launchpad
thanks to RootzWiki forum member Steady Hawkin
. This kernel brings in a maximum CPU frequency of 1.7Ghz with user adjustable voltages giving you control over overvolting or undervolting.
So if you thought the Motorola XOOM was already crazy powerful, think again. RootzWiki forum member LIV2 has recently released a tutorial on how to get Debian to run natively on the Motorola XOOM. There have been Android devices in the past that have managed to run Linux but “chrooted under android and using a VNC client to make use of the chrooted install. quite messy and less than efficient IMHO..” according to LIV2. Read More
The official Google Videos app is now available for Motorola XOOM. The users can now rent movies from thousands to titles available in Android Market and begin watching them straightaway. According to Google, this app allows you to play Movies and videos on your Motorola XOOM tablet without the need of any syncing, passwords, Pin Numbers etc. The best thing about this app is that you can watch all the rented movies while you are offline. Read More
From the team that brought to you the awesome Tiamat OC Kernel, you now have the Tiamat XOOM ROM
based on the latest Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS. This is the first custom ROM for the XOOM based on Android 3.1. For more on the ROM and how to install it on your XOOM, read on!
Earlier we covered a guide on overclocking Motorola XOOM tablet to 1.5Ghz
. Now we have an overclock at 1.6Ghz thanks to Android Central forum member TDR
who basically wrapped it up in a kernel developed by XDA-Developers forum member bigrushdog
. Now many might wonder what’s the point of a 100Mhz increase? Not much, but this overlclocked kernel is meant for the new Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS.
The Motorola XOOM has started receiving the OTA update to Android 3.1, with some users updating their XOOM tablets manually because they didn’t want to wait. As is the case with almost all Android updates pushed by a device manufacturer, this update be it manual or OTA, will remove root access on the Xoom. For all those who are now running Android 3.1 on their XOOM tablets, XDA-Developers forum member publicanimal
has released the eagerly awaited root guide. More on rooting the XOOM on Honeycomb 3.1 after the break!
Motorola XOOM has finally begun updating to Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but as always, no Android users want to wait for an OTA update that would take some time. Earlier we covered a guide on how to manually update the XOOM to Android 3.0.1
. This time around, you now have the option to update your XOOM to Android 3.1 in no time. Read on for more on what changes the update brings and how to install it.
Google has just released an updated version of their popular Google Earth app for Android, bringing fully optimized tablet support for devices running Android 3.0 Honeycomb or later. The update makes browsing through the globe in 3D a pleasure on the large screens of Android tablets. For more information, read on.
Motorola Xoom, Google’s flagship Honeycomb tablet has just received a mod courtesy of XDA-Developers forum member, sangreal06
that has suddenly taken the device to a new level of awesomeness. Your Xoom can now let you view the desktop version of websites
, without needing to redo the “about:debug” trick over and over again. That’s not it, we have SMS
and the Gingerbread CRT lock animation
as well. For more on this mod and how to get it on your Xoom, read on!
Motorola Xoom is all the rage in the Android tablets world, and shouldn't it be when you have a Android 3.0 Honeycomb running on a Dual Core Nvidia Tegra chipset. We covered how to root Xoom
some time back (also check how to root Xoom Wi-Fi
model), and while the method involved was actually very simple, there is always room for a One click root
application for Android devices. XDA-Developers forum member, jbrew78
has come up with a One click solution for not only rooting the Xoom, but unrooting it as well if required. For more, read on!