Libertyville, Ill. - Motorola Mobility is the first tablet maker to date to announce plans to upgrade its tablet to the newly launched Android 3.1 OS, which enables such new features as renting downloaded movies from Google's new movie-rental service.
Over-the-air software updates roll out this week for Motorola's Xoom tablets equipped with Verizon Wireless 3G service. The Wi-Fi-only Xoom will get the update "within the next several weeks," the company said.
With the update, consumers will not only be able to download movies from the new Android Market movie-rental service but will also be able to display the movies on a large display via HDMI connection.
Other features enabled by the new OS include: full support for the final release of Adobe Flash Player 10.2; resizable widgets to customize home screens; support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras; expanded Bluetooth features, such as support for Bluetooth headsets when video chatting via Google Talk, Bluetooth mouse support, and additional shortcut keys with a Bluetooth keyboard; and picture transfer protocol support to enable easier transfer of files to a PC without the need for drivers.