• Get You An Otterbox For Your Xoom

    How to protect your precious Motorola Xoom? Put an Otterbox around it. Really, it’s a good idea if you don’t mind a little bulk. I found that the one for iPad was sturdy, practical, and worth every penny if your device will be exposed to peril. Their new Defender case for the Xoom costs $90. Now you just have to figure out how to put the damn thing on (it takes a while). Read More

  • Eventbrite's Kevin Hartz Discusses Career Motives and Influnces

    (Founder Stories) Eventbrite's K. Hartz: "I Like Businesses That Go After Large Incumbents"

    Eventbrite, the company that lets anyone organize online events and sell tickets to those events, was founded by the husband and wife team of Kevin and Julia Hartz. Chris Dixon sat down with the power couple to discuss the early days of Eventbrite and some of the disruption that Kevin created along the way. Check it all out in this episode of Founder Stories. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: $500 32GB Moto Xoom

    Here’s your chance, bargain hunters. MacMall via Ebay Daily Deal is hawking the 32GB Motorola Xoom for only $500. You have until 11am EDT today to snag the deal so you best be quick if you must own the solid Xoom — or you could just jump over to Newegg and order the arguably better equipped Transformer at its MSRP of $500. Read More

  • Moto Xoom Overclocked To 1.6GHz

    All I wanna do is xooma-xoom-xoom! The Xoom was overclocked to 1.5GHz shortly after its US release. Now, thanks to a recompiled version of Tiamat 1.4.2, Moto’s Honeycomb tab hit 1.6GHz. That added clock speed was enough to earn the overclocked Xoom over 4000 points in the benchmark app, Quadrant. My stock 3.1 Xoom only scored 1500. Of course the faster clock speed also kills the battery… Read More

  • Honeycomb Has A Fighting Chance Against The iPad

    If you’d asked me a week ago what I thought about Honeycomb, the tablet version of Android, I would have said that it was in very bad shape and that it would be several months before it could even hold a candle to the iPad 2. Because despite my excitement to see Android take on Apple’s ridiculously successful iPad, my experience with the Motorola Xoom — the first Honeycomb… Read More

  • Moto: WiFi-Only Xooms Will Get Android 3.1 "in the coming weeks"

    Motorola officially stated the WiFi Xooms would get Android 3.1 in “the coming weeks” but some owners are already seeing the update. Clearly YMMV but here’s our take on Android 3.1. Moto’s press statement on the matter is after the jump. Read More

  • Hands-On With Android 3.1 On The Motorola Xoom

    Google announced Android 3.1 earlier today at I/O. More surprising than the OS itself (which was expected, really) was that it was rolling out to Verizon Xooms today. Google failed to announce when it was hitting other devices beside Google TV, which will get it this summer, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which will get it in the next few weeks. As announced, the UI is much the same. You… Read More

  • Motorola Shipped 250,000 Xooms This Quarter

    According to a Motorola filing, the company soldshipped 250,000 this quarter, more than the targeted 100,000 predicted a few months ago but still far less than any other tablet. To put this into perspective, the iPad 2 sold 300,000 units in the first weekend. Read More

  • Xoom For Sure Coming To Sprint, Possible As Soon As May 8th UPDATE: Officially Official

    The Motorola Xoom isn’t exactly off to that hot of a start, but maybe Sprint can push a few more out the door. The wireless carrier just posted a fact sheet on its website touting the Xoom specs and features. Curiously said fact sheet is void of anything pertaining to Sprint. There’s no talk about WiMax, the launch date, or the price (assuming it’s going to be different… Read More

  • The $20 Motorola Xoom Camera Kit Brings A New Function To The Fledgling Tablet

    The Xoom has a new feature and it’s not a working microSD card slot. This $20 OTG USB cable allows users to connect their digital camera to the Xoom and download SD card contents using the new Picture Transfer Protocol found in today’s firmware update. Right now it’s only available through Verizon and it’s not on the website just yet. Tell a VZW rep that you want… Read More

  • Xoom Gets Security, Bluetooth Update But No LTE

    Those owners that decided to ride the Xoom’s early adopter boat should see an update later today. The patch should fix some of the issues with WiFi connectivity as it address proxy supports well as WPA Pre-Shared Key passphrases for mobile hotspots. The Xoom will play nicely with SSL-encrypted websites and Google Widevine video DRM. The update also allows the Xoom to see and use any… Read More

  • Xoom Soon To Get A Keyboard Case

    Are you a proud, strong Xoom owner? Good for you! But one thing iPads have that you don’t is a case with a Buetooth keyboard baked right on in. You won’t be waiting long, though: Droid-Life has discovered a Verizon advertisement for an official keyboard case — price and date to be determined, but it’s on the way. Incidentally, I almost wrote “Keyboard Cat”… Read More

  • Xoom's MicroSD Card Slot Enabled Through Custom Kernel

    It’s ridiculous that the Xoom’s microSD card slot doesn’t work out of the box. I don’t understand it at all. No matter, the good ol’ XDA boys figured took it upon themselves to unlock the port. It requires a custom kernel, which in of itself requires the Xoom to be jailbroken, but the whole process is like jailbreaking any other Android device. (read: just follow… Read More

  • Report: Xoom Accessories Hitting Sprint Stores

    The Motorola Xoom is currently only available on the Big Red V, but that might be changing soon. A Xoom protective case was found in Sprint’s retail system and apparently stores are receiving boxes of accessories either today or tomorrow. The only thing missing is, well, the Xooms. Read More

  • Golden Oscars Xoom Sold On Ebay For Just $1500

    Someone got a nice little deal. One of the gold Xooms given out as Oscar swag ended up on Ebay last week and sold for just $1,525. That’s actually not a bad price when you add it up: $800 for 32GB/3G Xoom, $50 for the standard dock, and lets say $150 for the limited edition Lodis Leather custom folio. (which I want) All that adds up to just $1000 meaning someone paid just a $500 premium… Read More

  • Verizon LTE 16GB Xoom Could Drop For Under $500

    With the rise of devices like the A500 and similar Honecomb-powered tablets, the Xoom has a very short window of opportunity to cash in on any potential sales. To remedy that, it seems that Verizon will be pushing out an LTE 4G 16GB Xoom tablet for what we can only assume will be considerably less than the $600 the 32GB Xoom costs currently. Read More

  • Xoom Too Expensive? Try These 5 Inexpensive Android Tablets Instead

    The comments on yesterday’s post concerning the Xoom’s bungled launch stated loud and clear that people want inexpensive Android tablets — or at least that the high MSRP was the Xoom’s undoing. The thought is that if you’re going to spend over $500 on a tablet, the iPad is the only choice, which therefore makes the $800 Xoom a no-sale. I sort of agree with that… Read More

  • The Problem Of "Open"

    Few folks seem to remember that it was a just a few years ago that a consortium of handset manufacturers got together to form the Open Handset Alliance, an effort to create an open, free platform. This effort would eventually become Android and, back in 2007 when the OHA began, the platform’s success was far from secure. Between 2001 and 2007, phone manufacturers had a problem. They had… Read More

  • Everyone's To Blame For The Xoom's Low Sales Numbers

    Here’s a fun tidbit for you: I really like the Motorola Xoom. The web browsing is fantastic, email is great, the notification bar is tops and, well, Verizon’s service rocks. It’s tad pricey but in my mind it’s still a great tablet. Is it better than an iPad? Well, not really, but it scores major bonus points for advancing the user experience of a tablet thanks to… Read More

  • Motorola Xoom And Atrix Sales "Disappointing"

    According to Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette, quoted in Forbes, sales of the Motorola Atrix and Xoom devices, darlings of the CES rodeo, have been “disappointing.” Ironically, the very devices designed to bring Motorola out of its 2010 slump have added to its doldrums and Faucette believes that the company must “quickly adjust and refresh its product portfolio”… Read More