Late last month, the 4G LTE hardware upgrade for owners of Verizon’s Motorola Xoom finally became available. This came almost seven months after its first initial release time frame. But better late than never, Verizon seems to have thought. And after all this is a free upgrade.
Performing it involves sending your Xoom tablet off to Verizon. The carrier adds the missing LTE connectivity and then sends you back your tablet in about six business days.
People have now started getting their upgraded Xooms back, and they had an interesting surprise. Aside from the hardware addition, Verizon decided to also update all the tablets’ software to a new release. It isn’t anything major or earth-shattering, but it’s still nice to see.
The Xooms which are coming back from Verizon run the HLK75D software version. Notable new stuff includes a new version of the Android Market (complete with correctly-working homescreen shortcut), and the Market app will update on its own from now on. There’s also a new version of the Books app, and when toggling Airplane Mode you’ll no longer see an error.
Browser security has also been improved by blocking rogue certificates, and the 3G-to-4G data handshake has also been tweaked so no stalls should occur.
So there you have it. A neat software update to go along with that hardware upgrade. Just what the doctor ordered. And you may be able to update your Xoom to this version even if you haven’t sent it in for the 4G LTE upgrade, by following the instructions found in this PDF.