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.