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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 information on how the tablets are used. According to Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC’s founder,... 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. Motorola has confirmed that any refurbished units sold outside the time period in question were... 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 here, though not today since the site has temporarily gone dark to protest SOPA and PIPA, the pieces... 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. First, let's talk specs. The new Xyboard comes in 8.2" and 10.1" flavors with full retail prices of... 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, the Droid 4 will be essentially the same phone as the Droid Razr but with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.... 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 Mobility Launches Two New Tablets in the UK and Ireland Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM... 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 tablet. So maybe that's a stretch, but if you're buying a tablet for the whole family to use, the... 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 Motorola Xoom can visit https://www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEupgrade for instructions on how to... 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 to the site, generally recommend that preliminary injunction requests be filed within 30 days of determining... 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. Samsung is disappointed with the court's decision and we intend to act immediately to defend our... 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 rushed Android 3.0 specifically for the Xoom's launch and that as a result, Honeycomb's source code... 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. Verizon Wireless is continuing to expand both its 4G network as well as its selection of 4G capable... 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 no more than 10 minutes to complete the task.  Why not just have Verizon retail store technicians... 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...  A Look At The Motorola Xoom - Android 3.0 Arrives... 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. Honeycomb was designed for devices with larger screen sizes, especially tablets. With Honeycomb, you'll get... Read more...
Previously, we told you that analysts were expecting Motorola to report weak sales of its new Xoom tablet.  Now, the official numbers are out, and they're not as bad as some analysts predicted. In fact, during its first-quarter earnings report, Motorola said it shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets in the first month the device was available. The tablet, which was the first to ship with Google's Android Honeycomb OS, went on sale in late February. Although Motorola's sales numbers may not compare to Apple's initial numbers when shipping the iPad, the sales numbers for the Xoom are respectable. Over the course of the year, Motorola expects to sell between 1.5 million and 2 million tablets. The company... Read more...
No real surprises here, but the Motorola Xoom will soon have a second U.S. carrier to call home. Sprint has this week announced that they'll also be stocking the world's first Honeycomb tablet, but instead of having 3G / 4G support, it'll sell the Wi-Fi only model. The specs remains the same otherwise: there's a 10.1" display, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Android Market access and an HDMI port. But rather than having WWAN capabilities (and the data agreement to go with it), this one's going Wi-Fi only. The cost? $599.99 for the 32GB model. It'll ship on May 8th to all Sprint sales channels -- the question is, are you buying one? First Tablet Built on Android 3.0, Motorola... Read more...
If you believed the pre-release hype, Motorola's Xoom was supposed to dash into the market and slay the iPad, ending Apple's tablet reign and ushering in a new era ruled by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. It all sounded like a solid plan, with Honeycomb being the first version of Android built from the ground up for tablets, but then something happened: the Xoom shipped. Perhaps equally important, so did the iPad 2, which boasted a faster processor, better graphics, more memory, a pair of cameras (albeit crappy ones), and a thinner and lighter profile. Meanwhile, Motorola's Xoom tablet came onto the scene, and despite being a very good tablet, it failed to slay the iPad. So what happened?... Read more...
Only a few months ago, Honeycomb (Android 3.0) was a much-hyped fundamental improvement over previous Android releases like FroYo or Gingerbread. Thus far it's been mostly sizzle, rather than steak. Reviews of Motorola's Xoom often discuss persistent software bugs that are almost certainly caused by the half-baked Honeycomb rather than by the Xoom's hardware. This is a significant development for Android; the problems of previous iterations have generally been papered over by enthusiasm for the OS and the promise of upcoming superior flavors. Google's response, at least for now, has been to keep Honeycomb closed-source.     This won't affect the heavy hitters, companies like Samsung,... Read more...
Motorola has finally given the official word on the Wi-Fi only version of its Xoom tablet. In an announcement today, the company let us know that the Wi-Fi only Xoom will launch on March 27 for $599. If you're interested, you'll have plenty of store options to choose from, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples, and Walmart. Of course, this version of the tablet won't have 3G or 4G radios, but the other hardware on the tablet will be the same— 32GB of memory, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Motorola Mobility Brings MOTOROLA XOOM™ Wi-Fi to United States LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – March... Read more...
When Steve Jobs launched the iPad 2 recently, he was even more close-mouthed about its enhancements than usual. With NVIDIA's Tegra 2 starting to ship en masse and tablets on the hot seat for 2011, there's a tremendous amount of interest in the iPad 2's nuts and bolts. Much of that interest has focused on the tablet's new A5 processor and upgrading GPU; detailed information is beginning to emerge. While it's too early in the year to know for certain, it looks as though Samsung's pessimistic evaluation of its new Galaxy tablet might be right on target. Breaking Down the iPad 2 The A5 that powers the iPad 2 is a dual-core Cortex-A9 processor running at 1GHz. At 122mm sq it's more than twice the... Read more...
With the launch of the iPad 2, the roar for having Flash on mobile devices seems to be weakening. It was viewed as a major pitfall for the first iPad, but things are a bit different now. For one, there are a lot of Android devices already on the market that support Flash viewing, and also, a lot of websites have switched to HTML5 for video viewing, enabling even iOS devices to view web video. But there's no question about Adobe's reach, and there's no question that having Flash support is a deal-maker for some. At any rate, Adobe has today announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for download via Android Market on March 18th. Flash Player 10.2 is a production GA (General Availability)... Read more...
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