Motorola releases software update for Xoom tablet, Q1 earnings point to 250,000 devices sold
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It might not be the update everybody has been anticipating, but it is an update nonetheless. Motorola is now pushing the latest Xoom software upgrade through Verizon and you can expect a few important features to be added to the device.
Reading through the update’s changelog, it seems like Motorola is concentrating on upgrading the security aspect of the tablet. The software upgrade adds Wi-Fi proxy support, SSL data transfers, and WPA security for the hotspot feature. In addition, the update fixes an issue where POP 3 HTML emails were not entirely displayed, adds Bluetooth support when using Google Talk and fixes other minor problems. Unfortunately, it looks like the update will not be adding 4G support or fixing the SD card issues, so we’ll have to wait for another future update in that regard.
Shortly after announcing the Xoom update, Motorola Mobility also announced their 1st Quarter earnings for 2011. According to Motorola’s documents, Xoom sales have aided the company substantially but overall losses were still reported. Although more than 250,000 Xoom tablets have been sold according to Motorola, earlier reports did indicate that the company produced 850,000 tablets prior to launch. However, it remains to be seen whether or not this update and others in the future will bolster the tablet’s sales.
Instructions for downloading the 28MB update can be found here.