American users of the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi can expect the Android 4.1.1 update to hit their devices soon according to Motorola. The company detailed the new update and mentioned what’s new too. Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary here as everything we’ve seen so far in the Google announcement are pretty much the only features you will get to see here. It is commendable of course that Google is supporting the first Honeycomb device, which to be realistic, didn’t quite manage to impress. The tablet has a fair share of customers in the U.S and it is good news for all the Wi-Fi XOOM owners. There’s no info on the 3G+Wi-Fi variants of the device, but we figure it should follow shortly. So this basically completes Google’s initial roll out process with the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S already receiving the update, although CDMA variants are still waiting.
In the official changelog provided by Motorola, there are a few changes compared to older versions of Android. The ability to change the size of the widgets (with better smoothness this time around) is on board along with auto resizing of the widgets in a crowded homescreen. One feature which would work well on larger display is the expandable notifications bar, where a user can expand a notification and read emails/messages right there without having to actually open the app. Given the tablet’s large screen real estate, this feature should work like clockwork. And then of course there’s the Google Now and the advanced Voice Search feature which are great additions to the tablet as well. So basically, the XOOM is all set to become more appealing now with the new update. The changelog also mentions that the keyboard is slightly advanced now, but we’re not sure if an Ice Cream Sandwich user will be able to tell the difference.
Motorola has been very poor with updates for its devices including the XOOM with most units still stuck on Android 3.2 or below. It is expected that Google and Motorola makes the Jelly Bean update available on a wider scale and not repeat its past mistakes. Have you received the 4.1.1 update on your XOOM yet? Drop a line below and share your thoughts with us.
Via: Android Central