The Motorola Xoom Improved by Android 3.1 Update

Posted on May 11 2011 - 11:33pm by Robert

With the new Android 3.1 Honeycomb update now with us it a good time to see what improvements, if any, Motorola Xoom users have received.

This is the first device to get hold of the latest version of the Google operating system and the good news is that some useful benefits have already been reported on the Xoom.

First off ,and most interestingly, it seems that the Android 3.1 update has put a bit more zip into the tablet, and the early anecdotal evidence suggests that it now runs a decent bit quicker than on the original Android 3.0 operating system it came with. No official timings or figures have been released but it appears that the enhancement is noticeable right away. This will obviously help existing Xoom owners and may also help give the new sales figures a boost too once word gets out about it.

The hardware graphics acceleration support which comes with the new version would seem to be the reason for this and initial feedback suggests that the user interface now responds more quickly and without any sort of lag.

The web browser is also reported to be slicker as well, with better zooming. You may also notice that the system updates section has a brand new button called “check now”. This will make it a bit simpler to make sure that any future changes are quickly brought to you.

Have you tried out Android 3.1 on a Motorola Xoom yet? If so, did you notice any improvements?


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  1. fxgeorges May 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Android 3.1 adds support for Preferred Network Offload (PNO), which is background scanning functionality that conserves battery power in instances where Wi-Fi needs to be available continuously for long periods of time.

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