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

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.

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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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    It's the latest, greatest tech fad. Who cares if they are over-priced and sorta, kinda, maybe work OK and are little more than a entertainment device that you will probably get bored with after a month or so. It's cool - hurry go buy one - and get an iPhone while you are at it, and don't forget to sign up for a Facebook and Twitter account too - hurry - eveyone else is doing it!
    jpr75_z
    • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

      @jpr75_z While I agree with you that Twitter and Facebook are a gargantuan waste of time and probably only thrive because their users have such a lack of self-confidence that they can't believe in their own worth without an online presence to back it up, I must disagree on tablets. Sounds like you have tablet envy. I certainly haven't gotten tired on my iPad after over a year. It is unsurpassed for checking out things on Google Reader, browsing the web in general, or using while traveling to find local information on restaurants, etc. The biggest advantage it that it turns on almost instantly, which means you will find yourself picking it up to check out the weather and things like that.
      datrappert
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      johnmckay
  • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

    Bought a Wifi Xoom. Thought I would be able to use JoikuSpot Wifi HotSpot with it, and in this manner have internet access through my N8. But Xoom does not access "ad hoc" wifi nets. Unless you root Xoom and patch it. Voiding the device guarantee of course.
    Hope they fix that.
    Regards.
    Eduardo M. Cavalcanti
    • My xoom connects to adhoc network

      @Eduardo M. Cavalcanti

      Strange.... Mine lets me access adhoc nets. I use it with my droid x wifi hotspot, was funny my netbook wouldn't let me connect cause it was adhoc but my xoom has no issue.
      ethion
  • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

    Google should release the open source code for Honeycomb to developers who will fix it in short order. Those of us with rooted Nook Color tablets will thank them.
    dstarke1
  • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

    And there's the DRM support several vendors have been waiting for!
    slickjim
  • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

    Google knows it is not done yet and probably has allot of holes that they need to fill. They are basically bowing to pressure from the OEMs to release something.

    On the other hand, if you follow the advice of Guy Kawasaki from Rules For Revolutionaries, it is ok to ship an imperfect product as long you update it early and often. He used the original Mac and later Windows as an example of how this strategy can be successful. In the case of Windows, MS launched a vastly inferior product but ended up winning the market because of frequent updates.
    sharkboyjohn
  • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

    Honeycomb stays the same because Google hasn't released 3.1 yet.

    What should they change? Maybe get the SD card slot to work, that might be nice. Everything else is in the hands of the app devs (a big complaint being almost none are honeycomb ready).
    Michael Alan Goff
  • Wow... An update so I can dock it without issues?

    I thought it was perfect as it was? (Or so the ZDnet commenters seem to say...)
    eak2000
    • You obviously haven't been paying attention to ZDnet

      I haven't seen a positive article about Honeycomb for a long time.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Xoom update coming to fix many issues, but Honeycomb stays the same

    Is this update out yet? My Xoom isn't saying anything available.
    patrick.moorhead@...
  • WoW...not fixed again...

    I would love to put my Xoom on the dock and use a keyboard/mouse combo. Why can a Carrier based unit now do it and not the WiFi? Oh Motorola didn't give us an update, thats why...thanks M
    dXoom