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Last Updated: May 11th, 2011

Google just announced during the keynote presentation that Honeycomb is officially being updated to Android 3.1. The update will begin rolling out today for owners of the Verizon Motorola XOOM 3G - no word yet on when the WiFi model and other 3.0-rockin' tablets will receive the update, though.

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They mentioned a few key improvements they've made with 3.1, though we're sure they only just scratched the surface. For example, they've improved multitasking to now allow more apps to run simultaneously. To make sure the performance doesn't suffer, though, they have a system in place that automatically halts and shuts down apps as available (presumably without making any sacrifices in terms of usability). Widgets can also now be resized as needed, much like in Launcher Pro Plus. They've also expanded support for peripherals with USB host support, though apparently that still needs some work - they unsuccessfully attempted to demo a game being played with an XBOX 360 controller.

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We're sure more details are forthcoming - stay tuned and we'll let you know as we learn more.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Jay

    MOTO! What's your obsession with Verizon! Keeping the WIFI only crowd waiting was what got the XOOM off to its embarassing start. A little advice - Launch the WIFI only updates first since 90% of Xoom users are using WIFI only.

  • ocdtrekkie

    Why would you give *PRIORITY* to $600 Wi-Fi people, over those of us who bought the full $800 tablet?

    Why would you give *PRIORITY* to the people who don't have a vested interest in prompt fixes given that we're paying a monthly data plan too?

    That's just stupid. Though I'd rather instead of the rollout model, they would let people update it by choice (going to Check for Updates) and THEN rolling it out to everyone else who doesn't care/bother after that.

    • Jay

      Do the math. 9 out of 10 xoom users are wifi only. Moto lost a ton of sales by not launching wifi only first or at least at the same time. I bought my Xoom at Costco which means I have 45 days left on a 90 day return policy. Which also means they may lose another sale because of 1. No SD card update. 2. Continuing to take it from Verizon instead of doing what's right for the overwelming majority of their customers. You are paying your monthly fee to Verizon not Moto. I don't have any ill will towards 3g customers getting their update, all I'm saying is that they are pissing a lot of people off who were already pissed off about waiting for wifi only & just might take their xoom back since other options are hitting the market now.

    • Jay

      Also just because we are not paying a monthly fee does not mean we don't have a vested interest in prompt fixes especially when it comes to the items promised when we paid for the thing.

  • Neil

    I guess they figure that us Wifi owners didn't pay enough money. We'll probably get the SD card enabled a few months after the VZW models. That is, if their bright engineers can ever figure out how to enable it. However, being fair to Motorola, this could be a Google holdup. From an article mentioning that Moto was going to develop their own OS because Moto was VERY frustrated at Googles cooperation with them during the development of the Xoom, and Honeycomb.

  • Peter

    Are Motorola phones and tablets sold in any European countries?
    I don't think it has been possible to buy a Motorola phone here in Denmark for several years now.

  • FtBastrd2

    Moto hardware is available in most European countries but not all the phones come here from the states.