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Motorola Xoom gets Android 3.2, 4G module's FCC approval

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Tue July 12, 2011

Motorola Xoom first with Android 3.2

Motorola Xoom owners received two treats on Tuesday with new software and a hint of new hardware. Google has posted to its Android Building group that Android 3.2 is both available to download and should be reaching the tablets. The upgrade adds legacy app zooming, Exchange fixes, and the SD card slot support that Google had promised half a year ago before the launch of the Xoom.

The OS is also poised to be the first from Google to natively support seven-inch tablets like the Huawei MediaPad and HTC Flyer. Acer should also use it for the repeatedly delayed Iconia Tab A100. The PC builder had tried to force Android 3.0 on to the small size but found it unworkable.

Another of the initially promised upgrades, the 4G LTE module for Verizon, has surfaced at the FCC. The mini PCI card itself is nondescript but shows that Motorola will likely have a quick turnaround for the upgrades, which require that owners send in the Xoom to have it upgrade by Motorola itself.

No clues exist in the filing of when the LTE module or pre-built 4G Xooms will be available. Motorola had originally promised spring but pushed it back to summer for the same hardware conflicts that forced it to scrap the original version of the Droid Bionic.

The Xoom has been a relatively slow seller in the market in spite of high-profile ads, in part because of the rush to get it to market. Although used as selling points, the 4G, SD card slot, and Flash support weren't present on launch and gave the Android 3.0 flagship little advantage over the faster, lighter, and usually cheaper iPad 2. [via Android Central and Wireless Goodness]

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