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Android 3.1 arrives on Moto Xoom

Telecommunications company Motorola has announced it is now deploying an update to their Motorola Xoom tablets in the UK, in the form of Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.1.

Motorola’s Xoom tablet was launched at the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year and went on sale in April, with the Google mobile OS specifically geared up for the larger screen devices.

The Xoom arrives with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 multi-touch display, running from a Nvida dual-core 1.2GHz processor, with 32GB of internal storage and a rear-facing 5 megapixel and 2MP front-facing camera.

Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.1 is being rolled out in an over the air update, which brings with it enhancements to enable users to get more of a computer-like experience out of the tablet.

3.1 activates the SD card slot for the first time, which gives Xoom owners greater flexibility in managing their storage with the ability to expand the memory up to 64GB – with the addition of a 32GB SD card.

Other highlights of Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.1 include improved multi-tasking that provides instant visual access to a larger number of applications, resizable home screen widgets that can be expanded horizontally and vertically to include more content.

This is along with keyboard, mouse, joystick and gamepad support, which allows for simultaneous input from devices over USB and Bluetooth, with pictures directly transferable from a camera so that users can connect their cameras over USB and import pictures to the gallery with a single touch.

One Mobile caught up with Motorola Mobility at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, where we published a hands-on video walkthrough of the Xoom that can be seen here.

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