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Android 3.1 update finally released for Xoom tablets in UK
Aug 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Xoom Android 3.1

The much awaited Android 3.1 update is finally available for Motorola Xoom tablet in the UK region. Motorola has now confirmed that it has released the Android 3.1 update for its UK Xoom users.

As such, the developer community who have been waiting for the newer version of OS since a long time finally gets relieved with this announcement from Motorola. However, Android 3.1 was made available for Xoom users in the US 3 months ago when it was debuted.

This Android 3.1 update includes a complete set of system performance upgrades and refinement such as placement, font changes and so on. The update will bring with it improved multitasking abilities, better widgets, more connectivity options to support keyboard and mouse along with an array of other enhanced features.

Users can also extend the storage capacity of the tablet up to 32GB using the micro SD card slot included in the device. Also included are Wi-Fi Lock and compatibility with joystick and game pads.

Earlier there was no wide range of support for USB devices. Thanks to the Android 3.1 update which allows you to connect anything from an Xbox 360 controller to an external hard drive with no obstacle at all. Simply saying, you can now use your Android 3.1 device as a USB host.

Motorola Xoom to enjoy Android 3.2 roll out
Jul 16th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola Xoom users will be elated to know that the company is all set to upgrade its Xoom tablet with Google’s Android Honeycomb 3.2 OS. This roll out will bring a couple of key enhancements to the Xoom tablet which is expected to be rolled out to other Android tablets as well in the days ahead.

A Motorola representative revealed that Google started to roll out Android 3.2 to its Xoom users, in phases. Motorola is said to be the first tablet vendor to be rolled out with Android 3.2.

The Honeycomb update will bring a new viewing mode called as ‘zoom to fill’ as well as completely enable SD card slots. You can now view your app at the size of a phone screen and then zoom it to 200 percent.

Other enhancements bundled with the update are optimizations for 7-inch designs like Huawei’s 7-inch MediaPad as well as support for Qualcomm chips but not simply for Nvidia based which have so far been standard for tablets like the Xoom, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, Acer’s Iconia Tab 500 and the Toshiba’s Thrive. For example, Huawei’s tablet is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

The update is also expected to bring a raft of other tweaks and improvements such as performance optimizations.

Free Mouse & Keyboard bundled with Xoom tablet
Jul 10th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Xoom

Motorola has come with an amazing offer for its Xoom customers of UK and Ireland who laid their hands on the tablet in July. The company will be providing a free wireless keyboard as well as a mouse worth £74.99 to such users.

What all is needed for the customers is to just send a proof of Motorola purchase so as to receive the accessories. However, this deal is said to exist only till the stock lasts.

The good thing is that the keyboard is in tune with most of the other Android powered devices from Motorola and can be worked on using Bluetooth. However, not much is known about the mouse as of now.

The other side of the Xoom tablet is that it is still backward in the race of Asus Eee Pad, Blackberry Playbook, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad 2 as per Amazon’s best selling tablet listing.

It is built on Nvidia Tegra based 2.1 GHz faster dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 10.1-inch display with 1280×800 pixel resolution, 16GB onboard storage, a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera with an HDMI output facility. It has all required networking capability like 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

This latest offer has been announced by Motorola so as to attract customers as the sales of the Xoom tablet have been relatively very low. Still, Motorola is said to come up with the Xoom 2 tablet by this year end.

Apple closed down by rivals!
Jun 8th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The news is out! Apple’s smart phone and tablet contract sales in the UK are being rivaled by its competitors HTC, Samsung and Motorola. This has been conformed from the latest reports according to the retail staff in UK.

The report states a huge demand for ‘high-quality-but-relatively-cheap’ HTC models like the Desire HD, Flyer tablet and the Desire S. Another fast moving product is the Motorola XOOM. Seen as a rival for Apple iPad, the Android-powered XOOM is reportedly witnessing a high-level demand from the seekers.

Even with the competition breathing down its neck, Apple has stuck to its position with its flagship products – iPhone 4 and iPad 2. These are still the most wanted models in the UK market.

According to the staffers at Orange, the iPhone is still the benchmark for most of the customers. Apart from the other questions, the common query is the comparison of the handset vis-à-vis iPhone.

The staffers at Carphone have reported that HTC Flyer and XOOM are more popular. If reports from them are anything to go by, the popularity of XOOM is such that, it is being sold out within no time.

Another model that is living up the competition is Samsung Galaxy S II. Tagged as the best-selling Android handset during its launch last month, Galaxy S II seems to be in line to challenge iPhone. The handset is well received by those looking for a non-iPhone model.

Apple still leads the pack but the seemingly invincible difference is being tracked down.

Motorola to run marketing campaign for Xoom, Atrix
May 12th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Motorola Mobility is geared up to drive a massive marketing campaign in the UK so as to promote its Xoom tablet and the Android powered Atrix smartphone. By doing so, the company aims to make the customers understand about the unique offerings which both the innovative gadgets would offer.

A heavy budget of £10 million has been set by the company to run the campaign. The campaign is focused at showcasing the Atrix device as the most powerful smartphone in the world as well as making people understand that it is not just a smartphone but much more than that.

Also, the company is looking forward to come up with a series of Television adverts to popularize its Android 3.0 powered Xoom tablet PC device. Motorola is said to drive the marketing campaign across London’s tube stations including the Paddington train station.

One way of marketing the device is by offering shoulder massages to those who bear the weight of heavy laptops by demonstrating how the phone would reduce their burden of carrying heavy bag and also how it works.

The Xoom campaign is expected to start off in May itself. Ogilvy created the TV adverts for the Xoom tablet by taking inputs from Motorola. The Atrix campaign would however start in June and go on for a month.

Motorola Xoom first to enjoy Android 3.1 unveiled from Google
May 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Google has come up with its first major update to Android 3.x Honeycomb today. As such, all the tablets which were earlier running Android 3.0 will get the Android 3.1 update in a few weeks. However, the 10-inch Motorola Xoom is the first to receive the update.

This Android 3.1 update includes a complete set of system performance upgrades and refinement such as placement, font changes and so on. However, there is also going to be an addition of few other new features and applications with the up gradation.

Earlier there was no wide range of support for USB devices. Thanks to the Android 3.1 update which allows you to connect anything from an Xbox 360 controller to an external hard drive with no obstacle at all. Simply saying, you can now use your Android 3.1 device as a USB host.

Other additions that are to be bundled with the update consists of Movie Studio a new video editing app, an app for Google’s new movie rental services, an updated Chrome web browser promising more speed along with a new Quick Controls menu. Also, the desktop widgets will be resizable.

All the current official Android 3.0 tablet users will be able to receive the Android 3.1 update in the weeks ahead. Therefore, Acer ICONIA Tab A500, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi model users will get the update.

Motorola goes into losses with its Xoom
May 2nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom, trying to rival iPad2 has left no stone unturned in its quest! This is the first ever tablet that has been built on Android 3.0 platform otherwise called as Honeycomb and was considered to be the most powerful threat to the iPad till date. Interestingly, this OS has been exclusively designed for Tablet devices.

Motorola is said to ship over 250,000 Xoom tablets as per the Q1 financial results of this fiscal year. However, reports indicate that the company has incurred net loss for the same period. Though exact figure of the Xoom devices sold is not known, the number is said to be as few 15,000 according to reports.

Contrary to this, Apple was elated to announce its Q2 financial results of the fiscal year ended in March 2011 which indicates that it has sold 4.7 million iPads during this period.

iPad 2 has an upper hand on the Xoom in terms of hardware as well as software applications. It is very simple for iOS developers to deliver bug-free apps for the iPad when compared to delivering the Android applications for the Xoom tablet. As such, users are going more with iPad rather than Motorola Xoom.

Motorola Xoom zooming towards a price cut
Apr 8th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom is veering towards a price cut as the release date nears. Xoom, trying to rival iPad2 is leaving no stone unturned in its quest!

Motorola Xoom, hoping to take on Apple iPad 2 has witnessed a price cut. This price cut comes in the wake of the release of the phone in the UK market which might happen sometime next week.

There is a reduction of £20 off the initial price by the retailers selling them. This reduction is being offered on both the versions of this phone – 3G and WiFi-only. Carry’s and PC world selling the WiFi model, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy selling the 3G models are the retailers for Motorola Xoom.

This would put the Motorola Xoom WiFi model at £479.99 (offered almost identical to the price of iPad2) and the 3G model at £579.99 (which again, is at the same price of the similar model of iPad2). Taking it a step further, Carphone Warehouse is also offering two alternatives – a free charging dock or getting the tablet for for £199.99 on a £25 per month two year contract.

The Xoom which was supposed to be the pioneer of the Honeycomb tablets released in the UK. However, certain delays meant that Xoom lagged behind the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which went on sale this week. To put things into perspective, ‘first week of April’ for the release now looks a distant ‘mid-April’ which is a considerable loss of time to competitors.

Xoom needs to buck the trend and prove detractors wrong especially after a Deutsche Bank analysis suggested that Xoom only sold 10,000 units in its first five weeks on sale in the US. This pales in comparison to the estimated worldwide iPad2 sale 2.5 million. Not bad a sale, considering the iPad2 numbers is worldwide while those of Xoom are for a single region!

Stay tuned to this space to learn more about Xoom as we keep you updated!

Motorola confirmed release of Motorola Xoom in UK Market
Apr 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

To keep up with cut throat competition in Smartphone and Tablet markets, Motorola has confirmed the release of its first ever tablet Motorola Xoom in UK Market. If everything happens as per the plan, the super gadget should be available in UK in April Month itself.

Timing is very crucial as there are two more tablets going to be coming into market to test their acceptability with consumers. Asus Eee Pad Transformer and another one from Acer, Windows 7-based Acer Iconia W500 are also going to be released in same timeframe. All three, including Motorola Xoom, are Android 3.3 (Honeycomb), latest version of Android specifically developed for Tablet devices.

Motorola has its own set of armor to stay ahead in competition. It is built on Nvidia Tegra based 2.1 GHz faster dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM, combination of both makes it to be faster amongst its comparables. It comes with 32 GB of internal memory, with an option to extend through MicroSD card support, which makes it virtually un-limited storage for a tablet. It also comes equipped with a 5 Mega-pixel rear camera and 2 mega-pixel front camera with an HDMI output facility. It has all required networking capability like 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth support.

Motorola Xoom has updated itself with Flash support capability for UK release and as per news around in market this is going to be available at £ 599.

UK launch of Motorola Xoom on the Cards
Mar 31st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Here comes an exciting news for all those who have been waiting to lay their hands on the first Honeycomb tablet, the Motorola Xoom. The much hyped Honeycomb 10.1? tab is all set to be released next week in the United Kingdom.

You can grab the gadget at Carphone Warehouse, and Dixons Store Group retail chains – Dixons, PC World, and Currys. You can also grab the SIM-free version of the first Honeycomb tablet at Clove and King of Gadgets, the UK outlets. The tablet is also heading to Taiwan and South Korea next month.

Bundled with the Honeycomb OS, this is the first hing-end device which is anticipated to give tough competition to the already leading Apple iPad tablet. Other specs of the tablet are 10.1? touchscreen at 1280×800 resolution, an amazing 1GHz Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1GB RAM, HDMI outlet, USB, Adobe Flash, Android market access, microSD support along with many other features.

Though officially the release of the device has been announced, its price, version and availability details are yet to be confirmed. The 3G version of the tablet is said to cost £600 where as the Wi-Fi version is said to cost £500. It is not yet known if both the versions will be released at a go or not.

Apart from the Motorola Xoom, the HTC Flyer is also on its way that will be heading to UK from May 5th.

Motorola Xoom WiFi-only available for pre-order in the UK
Mar 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The latest tablet, Motorola Xoom is now available for pre-order in the UK from pcworld.co.uk, currys.co.uk, dixons.co.uk, and pixmania.com with a price tag of £499 though the delivery date is slightly tentative.

PCWorld’s pre-order page informs us that the tablet is due for release in the first week of April but that it is not yet confirmed. The same page also claims to deliver the tablet on 9th April.

Motorola Xoom has hardware that costs $359.92 compared to iPad’s $359.92 as per reports by iSuppli. It has a dual-core processor, and two cameras which make it all the more expensive.

Powered by Google’s Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb platform and a 1GHz processor, Xoom has support for Adobe Flash and Air along with an HDMI output port. It has a 10.1-inch HD 720p screen capable of 1280×800 resolution, a 5MP rear-facing camera for HD 720p video recording and a 2 MP front-facing camera for video calls.

Motorola Xoom at Sam’s Club could be just $539
Mar 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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If leaked reports from retailer Sam’s club can be believed, the retailer could get Motorola Xoom and at a lower price than previously expected at $539.

Xoom, the tablet from Motorola got launched last week through Verizon; however its potential to kill iPad will get known only when the W-Fi only version gets released because that would be the cheapest tablet for those who want to try the device.

The Wi-Fi only Xoom which was earlier priced at $599 has got a $60 price cut if the news about Sam’s club is true.

Motorola Xoom has hardware that costs $359.92 compared to iPad’s $359.92 as per reports by iSuppli. It has a dual-core processor, and two cameras which make it all the more expensive.

A new advertisement from Motorola with the slogan “Grab it and it grabs you” has been released as if to counter the launch of iPad 2. The video advert with special effects seems unwarranted in comparision to Apple’s simpler adverts.

Verizon offers the cellular version of Xoom for $599 on a 24-month contract with 4G connectivity. Verizon has however got nothing to lose as it would carry both the devices.

As the Wi-Fi only Motorola tablet is set to go on sale in Europe this April, it might show up very soon at Sam’s club.

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