Motorola didn’t really make an impact on the tablet market with their XOOM devices, but that didn’t stop some of you from buying them despite the not so user-friendly Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS that they came with.
Later on, the Motorola XOOM tablets got their much awaited Android 4.0 ICS update that came with a ton load of improvements that made the tablet more pleasing to the eye, easier to use and faster, but now that the Jelly Bean update has come up, the XOOM craves for some of that buttery experience.
It’s good to know that the Motorola XOOM will get its official Jelly Bean update, but we don’t really know when, we only know that it’s going to happen in the following months (end of 2012 or Q1 of 2013), but for now, we have to make do with the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 firmware developed by the EOS team that brought us many other updates.
I’m going to show you how to update the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi MZ604 to the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean custom firmware, so stay tuned and follow the steps carefully.
Be advised that we are not to be held responsible if your device suffers any damage or data loss.
Take the necessary precautions
Start by backing up your data and charging your device to its full capacity. Then you can disable or uninstall any anti-virus or firewall software from your computer, as these applications might interfere with the updating process and it could give you trouble.
You will also have to do a full wipe if you’re installing this firmware over ANY ICS based ROM, so be careful here.
Oh, and remember, this update is only for the MZ604 US version of the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi, so don’t try any other variant because you might brick it, but if you’re building a house and you’re in need of an extra brick, this could come in handy I guess.
Enough fooling around, let’s update your Motorola XOOM tablet to the 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware, this is how:
Update the Motorola XOOM to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
- Download the EOS 3 Jelly Bean firmware and Google Apps on your computer and then upload them to your XOOM tablet.
- Turn off the device and unplug the USB if you had it connected, then reboot the tablet in recovery mode. To enter recovery mode on the XOOM, you have to boot the device normally and when the Motorola logo comes up, press and hold the Volume Down button.
- Now that you’re in recovery mode, select Flash zip from SD card and then Choose zip from SD card.
- Select the Jelly Bean firmware and the Google Apps package that you’ve uploaded earlier and wait for the device to do its thing.
- After the device updates, you will be taken back to recovery mode and from there, select Wipe data/factory reset and then Wipe Cache partition. After you’ve done this, reboot the tablet and you’re done.
That was all, now your Motorola Xoom is running on the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware. If you encounter any problems, visit the XDA forums for documentation or post them in the comment section below.