Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

Summary:Reports indicate the Verizon Motorola Xoom will be getting an update today that fixes many issues, but does not improve Honeycomb.

I used a Motorola Xoom back in early March (check out my thoughts on the device) and was not at all impressed with the current state of Honeycomb. Jason wrote up a great article that puts to words many of my same thoughts on Honeycomb. DroidLife reports that an update is coming to the Xoom starting today, 28 April.

There is quite a list of improvements in the update, but they are primarily focused on fixes to problems that I never experienced during my short test period and look to have nothing to do with improving the Honeycomb experience. I still think that the Samsung Galaxy Tab with Android 2.2 is a better Android tablet experience and Honeycomb still has a few months to go before it should be considered out of a beta stage for all consumers to use.

The improvements coming to through the Xoom update include:

  • For Internet browsing:
    • Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support.
    • SSL data transfer with websites is now supported.
    • WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot.
    • Supports Google Widevine DRM and HDCP.

  • For E-mail and Messaging:
    • POP3 HTML emails will display in their entirety.

  • Voice calling:
    • Bluetooth® is now supported in Google Talk™.

  • Misc. additions:
    • Encrypted passwords can be entered during power up.
    • Calendar events will remain up to date after an installed software update.
    • Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity.
    • Safely dock the MOTOROLA XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption.
    • Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse.
    • A shortcut key for the Bluetooth keyboard has been added.
    • View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol.
    • When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds.

There is no LTE yet, the microSD card remains non-functional, and Honeycomb is still a bit of a convoluted experience.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Storage, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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