The WiFi edition of the Motorola Xoom tablet can be updated with the latest Android firmware, the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 OS. Its users can now enjoy the new Android flavor as this version, the 4.1.1, comes to resolve the reported bugs from the first release of the software. Therefore, during the following lines we will be checking in how to update your WiFi Xoom with the same, all being explained and detailed so that you can obtain the best performances for your Motorola tablet. It’s important to know that this tutorial will not work for similar devices, so be careful in what you do.
The Xoom is a relatively high end tablet, though the specs are not that spectacular. The device was first released back in February 2011, so the performances are a little bit outdated. It features a 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and the Honeycomb OS pre-installed. Beside these the Xoom is offering a dual core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 16 / 32 / 64 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM memory and a 5 MP rear facing camera. Now, the best part is that you can power up these capabilities by updating the OS with custom ROMs and by rooting the system.
The first to start with will be in learning how to flash a custom firmware. That’s exactly what I will be showing you today: how to update your WiFi Motorola Xoom with the Jelly Bean software. Take note that this is not an official update and it’s not provided by Motorola. From what we know a 4.1 OS will soon be provided, though the exact date is still missing. You can wait for the official firmware to come along or you can easily learn how to manually apply this unofficial ROM; it’s your decision.
But, for being able to complete this operation, you should first root the Xoom tablet. Then, you must install a custom recovery image into its system. Remember that once you root the OS, the warranty will be void. If you are not used with these types of operations, or if you find it risky, maybe it will be a good idea to stop here. In case you will want to regain the warranty, all that you need to do is to install the stock ROM or to update to the official firmware. In this way, the root access will be revoked and the factory restrictions re-installed.
If you choose to go further, then you should also take care of your data. As we are talking about a tablet, the amount of personal data which can be stored into the internal storage memory is huge. So, for being sure that nothing gets wiped out, I recommend you to do a backup operation. You can get pass this easily by using some tools from Google Play, or by using the Android cloud. If you don’t know how, just search for backup step by step guides through our how to section. You can find important info about the backup procedure, like which apps are the best, from where to get them and how to properly install and use the same.
The last section of this tutorial, before the actual steps, is referring to the pre requisites. It’s extremely important to read the following list if you want to safely and properly install the unofficial Jelly Bean update on your WiFi Motorola Xoom.
- Root the tablet.
- Install a custom recovery image.
- Backup the data.
- Charge the battery of your device.
- Enable the USB debugging from its settings.
- On your computer and on your Xoom deactivate or uninstall the security programs. Firewall or antivirus might block the process.
Those were the preparation tasks. You can now precede to the last section of this tutorial. Remember that the steps from below were tested only for the WiFi variant of the Xoom. Don’t apply them for similar tablets as you can brick them.
How to Update WiFi Motorola Xoom to Jellybean 4.1.1
- Download the ROM file from here and the Google Apps from here.
- Place the files to your Windows running computer.
- Take the tablet and the USB cord and by using bith connect the device with the PC.
- Copy the files downloaded before on your Xoom.
- Disconnect the device by removing the USB cable.
- Turn it off.
- Reboot in recovery mode.
- This can be done by pressing on Volume Down button when the Motorola Logo is shown.
- From recovery mode menu select to install the ROM.
- You can do this by choosing “install zip from sd card” and then “choose zip from sd card”; pick the firmware first and do the same for the Google apps file.
- When finished, return to recovery mode and select to perform a wipe.
- For full wipe select: “Wipe data factory reset” followed by “Wipe cache partition”.
- In the end choose “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
- That’s it.
That was the how to procedure in which you could learn how to manually install the unofficial Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update on your WiFi edition of Motorola Xoom tablet. If you had difficulties in understanding one of the steps, share the issues with us (in the comments area from below) and we will do our best in order to help you out. Furthermore, test the ROM and see how it performs. If there are bugs in the system, share your impressions with us and with other users. Stay close for further updates and Android related tips.