This is definitely an unusual find. The Motorola XOOM has been one of the more frustrating tablets for buyers lately, due to the fact that both Verizon and Motorola have promised 4G capabilities and sd card support for months now. Still, software updates have come and gone with no news of either feature being added into the tablet. Now we are hearing that non-US tablets that are just getting the Android 3.1 update will also be getting sd card support. For more proof on that statement, Motorola Europe made this announcement on Facebook:
“The 3.1 update for Motorola XOOM™ outside the U.S. has started. Owners in Europe can expect updates over the next several weeks until the roll out is complete. The 3.1 update for non-U.S. devices, in addition to many other improvements, also includes SD card activation. Release notes will be made available in each region, functionality varies by region.”
Is anyone searching on Ebay for a European XOOM? All jokes aside, this whole thing with releasing a product that isn’t finished is causing quite the mess. The worst part is that XOOM owners may have to wait until Motorola releases the XOOM 4G (as we’re calling it right now) before any of these features actually get updated. The didn’t give DROID X owners Gingerbread until the DROID X2 was released, so it would make sense (horrible sense) that they would do the same with the XOOM.
The problem then becomes when the XOOM 4G will actually be released. We’ve seen a youtube video showing off an unbranded tablet that may be the next Motorola tablet, and we’ve seen pictures of the XOOM 2 on an early release of Motorola’s website. Hopefully that means the tablet will be on its way soon, but that isn’t soon enough for the thousands of XOOM owners that are waiting impatiently for that update to actually come.
[via Moto Europe]