As you may know, one of Motorola XOOM's current biggest drawbacks is the absence of Adobe Flash, necessary to view Flash-powered websites and play Flash games. While this feature is widely advertised, Motorola warned us that the tablet would actually ship without Flash support bundled in, but will be updated to include it in a few weeks.

Well, the "in a few weeks" part is almost here, as @Motorola just tweeted that the XOOM's first over-the-air update is slated to start rolling out tonight to get the device fully ready for Flash 10.2. This doesn't mean the Flash Player application will be rolled out - it will likely just show up in the Market when it's ready instead, but it does mean that your XOOM will be ready to have it installed right away. The rollout will start in phases and will likely take a few days to complete, so don't be alarmed if you don't get prompted to apply it right away.


Looks like Motorola's "in a few weeks" is quite a bit shorter than Google's, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. We'll believe it when we actually see the new Flash Player in the Market.

Update: Motorola says those who rooted/unlocked are out of luck and must restore to stock and relock. This seriously sucks:

We are happy to announce that an over-the-air update to the Motorola XOOM software will start rolling out in phases tonight to all Motroola XOOM owners on the Verizon Wireless network.

You can receive the update over a 3G or a WiFi connection. If you are not connected via WiFi or 3G, or your Motorola XOOM is off when the notification arrives, you will see the notification when you next connect to a wireless network.

If you have unlocked/rooted your Motorola XOOM, you must restore it to the standard software load and relock your device to receive the notification. Owners who have unlocked/rooted can find more information here in the Motorola Xoom unlock / non-standard area of Motorola Owners’ Forums.

More information on the contents of the update can be found here.

Source: @Motorola

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  • Coldman

    Looks like those who rooted and unlocked will have to unroot and relock, according to Motorola forums. Sucks.

    • Dianne

      Would you rather it try to blindly apply an update to a device in an unknown state and potentially break it on you?

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        No, not blindly, but after doing a check on the files it would update (which it should anyway, using CRC checksums). Rooting and unlocking doesn't necessarily have to do anything with modifying files that it needs to update, but it *might*, so I understand why they're doing this. But Motorola doesn't have to cater to us, we have to cater to them.

        For those who are rooted, use Titanium Backup to back up your apps, go back to stock, install the update, then re-root and restore.

  • Marc

    The Xoom lacks a dialer, so is there any other way to do a *#*#checkin#*#*?