Android 3.2 rollout begins, brings SD support to Xoom, source already in AOSP

Android 3.2 rollout begins, brings SD support to Xoom, source already in AOSP
It looks like Xoom users have something to get excited about. Droid Life is reporting that the Android 3.2 update is rolling out in small batches, and it finally makes that SD card slot useful on your Xoom tablet.

The Android 3.2 update will bring the Xoom to build HTJ85B. It adds the zoom compatibility mode that we told you about yesterday, which offers a new view mode to make non-Honeycomb apps run better on Honeycomb tablets. But, the bigger news may be that it also finally turns on the SD card support for US Xooms. So, now that you finally have expandable storage functionality, what will you do with it?

Android 3.2 will also bring support for 7" Honeycomb tablet screens, but that doesn't really mean much to Xoom users. And, as a bonus for any devs out there, the Android 3.2 source is available right now in AOSP.

source: Droid Life 1, 2 via Android Police

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23 Comments

1. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Just bought a Xoom off of ebay so this is great news.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

indeed, enjoy your purchase :D

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Wow!! My G-slate hasnt even gotten the 3.1 update' lol

19. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Dont stress, not all Xooms will get this update. My MZ601 3G version isn't even on 3.1 yet, and prob won't be by Xmas here in Australia.....

3. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

wow more "innovation" from android. It supports and sd card 5 months after it came out.

4. r2d2e3 unregistered

Is the autocorrect on your icrap a feature?

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yep, isn't it great for there to be expandable memory on an Android device, which Apple gas made clear will never be an option on their devices?

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

But is this the innovation you're talking about sniggly? The ground breaking updates that leave iOS in the dust?

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No... but it's still something that the iPad can't do, and now that the wifi XOOM is a hundred bucks cheaper than an iPad 2 with a comparable flash memory drive, it makes the XOOM a hell of a deal. Now all the XOOM needs is the LTE radio and we'll be set.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What is the Xoom price at? $449? Still overpriced for a a basic web browser. I'd be willing to pay about $150 for a web browser if I didn't have an iPad.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's still less overpriced than the iPad, and offers all the same features as an iPad/iPad 2. Face it, Taco, the XOOM is like a fine wine; it only gets better with age.

22. wumberpeb17 unregistered

Enlighten us with what makes the iPad more than just a web browser and why the Xoom is only such...

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, if the xoom is a basic web browser.. what is the ipad? all that flash free web browsing must be really high tech right? what was apples last big move? oh yea, a 1 mpx camera.. wooo hoo!

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Blame motorola.... other SD card enabled tablets have this.... plus it resizes better the non tablet apps and brings some bug fixes witch is all welcome....

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Taco50 go play with your oversized iPod.. Cause that's all it is... I had the iPad 1 n iPad 2.. I sold that chit, and bought me G-slate!!! Never been happier :)

6. missed_the_mark unregistered

Couple this news with the fact that there are four open box Xooms at my local best buy for $449, and I am almost tempted to buy one. The tab 10.1 finally arrived and has put doubt into my mind regarding what tab is best. The thin-ness really is O-mazing

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its a good price for the 32BG device you get updates first than anyone and with this things working now you should be on pair with the 10.1 on some aspects

7. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

The Xoom is really nice might get on from sprint...why do appleboy always be hating??

14. stealthd unregistered

Have you seen the comments on Apple articles? A few quips from Taco is hardly as bad as the fandroid hate that follows EVERY Apple article. Sprints only going to be carrying the wifi version of the Xoom btw.

15. 1234kid unregistered

the xoom already has 32gb of internal memory i purchased a 32gb micro sd card from ebay about three months ago when i bought the xoom cause i know this was coming i only paid 12 for the 32gb micro sd card so that 64gb of removable expandable memory do that iphone the galaxy 10.1 is cool as well android is the best hands down. Apple will try to join forces one day watch my words.

17. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Has it been confirmed that this update is for both models of xoom and not just the wifi model? There is a few discrepencies when comparing this article to the one on engadgets page. They didnt even mention the SD card support unless I read the article(engadget) to fast and missed it.

21. wumberpeb17 unregistered

As long as the update brings a few critter fixes, my Wi-Fi Xoom will be happy. To be honest, with 32 gigs built in, its tough (for me) to find much use for an SD card slot...other than making it easier to move pictures from my phone to the tablet. Very happy with my purchase overall, especially after seeing that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was the same damn thing, but thinner and only a 3MP camera...

24. NeverBoring unregistered

Is the SDHC appropriate for the Xoom, Android 3.2?

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