WARNING: This fix is for rooted 3G XOOMs only. The Wi-Fi only version is not supported (yet).

Most XOOM owners will tell you that they love their tablet, but that it does have its annoyances - like the fact that the stock browser loads pages in their "mobile" view by default. What good is a 10 inch screen if you can't load the desktop version of a website? Of course, there is the about:debug fix, but that can be tedious, since you have to reapply it every single time you restart.

Thankfully, sangreal06 over the XDA forums has created a hacked framework-res.apk that not only fixes that little annoyance, but also adds some other desired features to the XOOM. Once applied, you will be able to send and receive SMS messages (fees apply), kind of make voice calls, and have the nifty CRT off animation that everyone loves (but it only works in portrait mode).

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There are some quirks, however. For instance, the microphone and speakers do not work for voice calls, so this is more of a proof-of-concept and and less an actual function as of right now.

So, if you're feeling froggy, head on over to the XDA support thread, give it a go, and let us know your results.

Source: XDA via Droid Life

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

    I haven't clicked through to XDA yet, but your article doesn't state whether you need to be rooted or not?

    • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

      Ah, yes, at the very bottom of the XDA post, it says clearly that you need to be rooted.

    • kenshin

      Of course u need to be rooted. How do u expect to modify the framework apk without needing root to pull & push it back to the device?

      • http://iandouglas.com Ian Douglas

        My point was that it wasn't easily identifiable in the AP article, and they're usually pretty thorough about that sort of thing so non-educated/non-rooted users don't get their hopes up.

  • pulldtrigger

    How to know ur x10i a generic device or not
    Please tell me
    Thx for listenin

  • commentguy2010

    nice once 4g is in this device I can take my sim out of my t-bolt and use my xoom as a phone (hopefully)

  • http://www.boundlesstechnical.com/ Christina

    Sounds good. Thanks for sharing.