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

Reports indicate the Verizon Motorola Xoom will be getting an update today that fixes many issues, but does not improve Honeycomb.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

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.

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