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The One Laptop Per Child organization has taken on an interesting experiment in two remote Ethiopian villages: Earlier this year, the organization dropped off closed boxes that contained tablet computers. These tablets have preloaded educational programs. The goal behind the experiment is to see if illiterate kids who have no experience with written words can teach themselves to read using the tablet and its preloaded applications. OLPC is using Motorola Xoom tablets and solar chargers. Someone from the OLPC organization visits the villages each week to swap memory cards in the tablets that contain... Read more...
Well, at least the truth is out there. We often wondered just how well refurbished devices are scrubbed before being resold, and while we've heard of smartphones being sold with contacts still pre-loaded, Motorola's having to chew on some tough leather with their Xoom tablet stash. The company announced hat it has recently learned that approximately 100 out of a batch of 6,200 Xoom Wi-Fi tablets that were refurbished by Motorola Mobility may not have been completely cleared of the original owner's data prior to resale. The affected tablets were resold by Woot.com between October and December 2011.... Read more...
Yet another Android device is unwrapping Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). This time it's rolling out to Motorola Xoom tablet owners, and not just a select few who opted in to the Motorola Feedback Network. Now that Motorola has had a week to see how its tablet handles the upgraded OS, it's giving the OTA update its stamp of approval so anyone with a Xoom tablet can hop on the latest and greatest Google has to offer. The update is called IML77 and is available to Xoom owners in the U.S. For rooted users who want a pre-rooted stock build, you can snag the appropriate firmware over at XDA's forum... Read more...
The Motorola Xoom was a notorious flop thanks to a sky-high price tag, features that didn't work for months (the company didn'ts tart upgrading the tablet to its promised 4G capability until late this fall), and a buggy implementation of Honeycomb that was a direct result of Motorola pushing too hard for an early launch. Moto, defiant in the face of such failure, went back to the drawing board and has given us the Xyboard / Xoom 2. The new tablet doesn't just replicate some of the mistakes that doomed its predecessor, it adds new flaws and foibles. This, my friends, is dedication at its finest.... Read more...
We've already heard about the upcoming Droid 4 smartphone, though we're still waiting on an official announcement from Motorola or Verizon Wireless. We have also heard rumblings around the web about various Xoom tablet successors. Here again, we're still waiting on an official announcement. The lack of any announcements hasn't stopped Verizon Wireless from showing off some of its upcoming goods, however. Recently, Verizon Wireless showed the Motorola Droid 4 and two Xoom tablet successors to CNET. The rumored specs and details seem to line up nicely with what was revealed to CNET. As expected,... Read more...
Motorola recently unveiled the next generation of its Xoom tablet. Available in two models, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition feature Android 3.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a display with Corning Gorilla Glass. The Xoom 2 is a 10.1-inch model that has a brighter display and is lighter than the original Xoom. The Xoom2 Media Edition features an 8.2-inch display and better graphics performance than the original Xoom. For US residents, the only issue is that the tablets are being launched in the European market for now. There's no word on when or if they'll make it to the US.   Motorola... Read more...
In a bid to attract parents who always buy the wrong thing, Best Buy on Sunday will exclusively offer the new Motorola Xoom Family Edition tablet. The fun part will be in convincing the iPad-wanting munchkins at home that this is even better than an iPad 2 because it comes packed with kid-friendly applications worth nearly $40. And if you raised them right, they'll pat you on the back and tell you how much they appreciate you tightening your belt in these tough economic times as you save for their eventual college education, and that they're looking forward to rocking Android 3.1 on a full sized... Read more...
Only a few months late, Verizon is now offering its promised 4G LTE upgrades to Motorola Xoom users. The Xoom, the first Honeycomb (Android 3.x) tablet, shipped in March, while promising an LTE upgrade, which kept getting pushed out, and out, and out. eanwhile, Verizon has shipped other tablets that came with 4G LTE support built-in, such Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Motorola XOOM with 4G LTE pre-installed will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning on Oct. 13 for $499.99 with a new two-year contract. Those with 3G versions of the... Read more...
According to Samsung, Apple's request to the EU for an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 caught it completely by surprise. If that's true, Motorola may be in for a shock as well. Buried within Apple's injunction request is a reference to a similar request related to Motorola's Xoom. Apple and Motorola are currently engaged in their own nasty patent lawsuit in the US, but the Cupertino company's decision to open a European front passed under the radar. As FOSS Patents points out, Apple's decision to delay filing its injunction request could work against the company. German lawyers, according... Read more...
Apple won a major victory against Samsung today; a German court has banned the Korean manufacturer from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union. The ruling is the latest setback for Samsung in its battle with Apple over allegations that its devices infringe on Apple's patents with respect to aspects of the iPhone / iPad's design and GUI. The injunction blocks the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire EU save for the Netherlands, where a separate court case with a similar goal is being decided. Samsung's comments on the injunction indicate it had no idea the ruling was coming.... Read more...
Prior to its launch, Motorola's Xoom tablet was touted as the first of the iPad killers, with features and capabilities the iPad lacked as well as a brand-new version of Android codenamed Honeycomb. Once the tablet hit shelves, it was clear that Motorola had rushed production in a bid to beat the iPad 2 to market. At launch, the Xoom's Wi-Fi variant was nowhere in sight, Flash support (a much-touted feature) was absent, the advertised 4G upgrade capability wasn't scheduled to appear before September, and the microSD slot didn't actually work. Google later came out and admitted that it had... Read more...
Verizon Wireless has confirmed a free 4G LTE upgrade is coming to the Motorola Xoom in September. According to an email from Verizon Wireless, users should expect to receive an email at the end of the summer telling them more about the upgrade process. When the Xoom was revealed in January, one of the highly touted features was the tablet’s ability to access Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. However, the option has been delayed as Motorola has struggled with the components necessary to get 4G access. Similar component issues have also delayed the 4G Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.... Read more...
When we gave you our take on the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb-powered tablet, we shared our disappointment that Verizon 4G LTE network service was currently not enabled on the device but would be coming in the months ahead.  The process, as described by Verizon, consisted of sending the unit back to Verizon for an LTE upgrade and customers would receive the tablet back within a six day turn-around.  However as some folks reported this seemed like overkill, since dropping in a 4G LTE radio card, and replacing the existing dummy card, would take a technician familiar with the process... Read more...
The Motorola Xoom tablet has been met with plenty of hype, and perhaps rightfully so since it is the first tablet to ship with Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb), the first version of Android designed specifically for tablets. Although there are a number of tablets slated to hit the market this year, Motorola has the benefit of being the first company to actually ship a tablet running on Honeycomb. The Xoom also has some powerful specs that are sure to attract attention, including a dual-core processor, a 10.1-inch widescreen display, 32GB of onboard storage, and front- and rear-facing cameras... ... Read more...
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