Best Apps for the Motorola Xoom Android Tablet

by: Derek ScottMarch 18, 2011

[Update: August 29, 2011] Here’s a big list of all the greatest apps for Honeycomb! Check out A Hive of the Best Apps for Android Honeycomb Tablets

[Update: April 12th, 2011] We’ve got a new list of the Best Apps and Games for Android Honeycomb Tablets: Check it out here!

The Xoom is a first of its kind and will forever be known as the tablet that kick started the Android tablet revolution. Unfortunately the Xoom launched in February to a bare list of compatible Honeycomb tablet apps. Android really dropped the ball by not opening up the honeycomb platform to developers at an earlier date. When the Xoom did launch, there were just 16 tablet apps.

Best Xoom Apps

Even with the lack of Honeycomb enabled apps in the Android Market, you’ll still be able to download and use all apps in the Android Market, though you are bound to run into some small errors and display problems.

It’s going to take a couple months before we see a reasonable amount of tablet apps in the Android Market, but with an estimated 40-60 million Android tablets being sold in 2011, developers will have some motivation.

Best Xoom Apps

Touchdown for Tablets

Touchdown for Tablets Xoom

This is the tablet optimized version of TouchDown. TouchDown gets your Email, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks from your corporate Exchange server, and gives you a single tabbed view. TouchDown lets you interact with your exchange account on a tablet device in a unique and integrated way, allowing you to manipulate your emails, contacts, calendar, tasks and Notes from a single application, allowing you to switch between them using tabs on the top of the screen.

Xoom Apps

Angry Birds

Angry Birds for Xoom Tablet You just knew Angry birds would be here, it’s on every top app list on the net and with good reason. It’s easily on of the most fun, most addictive games on the Market, and playing Angry Birds on the 10-inch Xoom screen is nothing but pure pleasure.

Xoom Apps

Google Earth

Google Earth Xoom Hovering over your house and browsing different places around the world is a treat on the Xoom with Google Earth. The app works beautifully on tablets as to be expected by the Google development team.

Xoom Apps

Words with Friends

Words with Friends XoomShortly before the Xoom’s February 24 release date, Zynga’s immensely popular game Words With Friends debuted on Android’s devices. The Scrabble-like game, which is free, is much better suited to the tablet form factor than on any smartphone. Battle other wordsmiths in the living room or match your skills against a random stranger in another part of the globe.

Xoom Apps

IMDB Movies & TV

IMDB for Xoom Browse the latest trailers, review movies and tv information on the Honeycomb enabled IMDB App. It’s had over 1 million downloads from the Android Market and a solid 4.5/5 average review, I think that says it all.  Browsing the reviews, you can see tablet users giving  positive experiences with app.

Xoom Apps

Pulse News Reader

Pulse News for Motorola Xoom One of the most popular Android apps, Pulse news reader is honeycomb tablet ready.A beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite news websites and blogs and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on a news article to see a clean and elegant view of the story. Sharing it via Facebook, Twitter and Email is as easy as two taps.

Xoom Apps

CNN News Tablet Edition

A great showcase for Honeycomb, the CNN App for Android includes live video, breaking news and the user-generated iReport feature. There’s some complaints about the annoying ads, but remember this is a free app, ads are to be expected.

Xoom Apps

BBC News Tablet Edition

BBC is a great worldwide news source that always has great coverage, a few days ago they just released their Tablet android app to some excellent reviews.

  • “Awesome format, but please include a portrait mode. Galaxy tab”
  • “Works great on my Advent Vega. This is not for phones. Tablets only.”

Xoom Apps

The Wall Street Journal Tablet Edition

Wall Street Journal Android Tablet Edition The Wall Street Journal released their Tablet edition Android app in late February to some mixed reviews on the Android Market. You can browse full featured video, market data, and articles which can be downloaded to your Xoom for reading while offline.

  • “Don’t bother downloading. I have a lot of apps on my tab, system panel shows this app consumes almost double the memory as system processes.”
  • “Great on the Galaxy Tab, though they could be a little more generous with the article offerings for those without a subscription :P”

Xoom Apps

If you’d like to learn more about the Xoom see how it stacks up to the competitors, iPad 2 VS Xoom.

Be sure to let us know your experiences with these apps on your Xoom and let the world know your favorite Xoom apps.

  • very expensive

    • Diggity Daz

      How many people replying with apps suggestions are app developers?

  • Don

    Also checkout Stock Alert – Tablet Edition.
    Real time quotes from stock exchanges around the world. Set price alerts from currencies to commodities. Specifically designed for honeycomb tablets.

  • Matt
  • Bruzer

    What is UP with Google??? Are we drunk on junk food?? (Froyo, Eclair, Honeycomb, IceCream?? WTF??), for us Android Loyalists who sit by scratching our heads and crotch, dizzy from dissapoint as we expect the IT Monster of our Google Universe to fry our brains with amazement, As the potential of Google would normally be expected to be a geniune unique saavy approach to encroach in the Tablet PC Market Experience. BUT INSTEAD, “Honeycomb” is as half-baked as the GoogleTV promise. Please understand I am a patient man, but Google, once again stumbles (GoogleTV?) and flubs a monumental opportunity to make their place in Computing history. What really is the point of releasing something with as little as -2- actual viable Android Tablet applications that actually utilize the product’s main capabilities?? Are we being taken advantage here into expecting something such as the financial girth Google Inc, cannot come up with something more promising than this, and actually dump in in a market with such hope and high expectations, and subject it’s patrons to the likes of limited appeal of the ORIGINAL TABLET PC short-lived demise. Maybe we just cannot face the fact of may be the bottome line, which is Google to fat to float??

    The response here will be, oh give them a chance, uh we have, we made them what they are today, minus their saturation of push marketing advertisement profits. But oh yah, it is us they use eventually to get to what they are today. I bought a Google TV and promptly returned that heap, and to this day they have not made good on a THAT PROMISE, more hot air than anything. And then they have the nerve to pull the same card trick with the Android Tablet….I have a Xoom, I am modestly impressed, and at the same time thoroughly disgusted at the waste of potential here. Google get IT together MAN!!
    Because THREE STRIKES AND YOUR OUT…of the “Gizmo” market….Sorry but this is patience run dry talking here, and I do not own your stock thank god….

    Thanks for listening….Peace out…..

  • YourVersion’s also a solid app. Best news app out there. Free too. It’s optimized for Honeycomb too.

  • there are too many new applications being launched in android market off late. The customers are really spoilt for the choice but who’s complaining. More the merrier.

    But android has opened possibility of a whole new world of mobility and also turned fortune for motorola as a mobile tablet manufacturer. Motorola Xoom has really emerged as a strong competitor

    Please share the QR code for Angry bird RIO version

  • dyno

    Tonido (http;// is a perfect app for XOOM tablet. One can access files, music and media from your home computer using the app.

    • Steviej

      Tonido is one of the best Android apps going. As long as you have WiFi/3G access, you can stream media files (including documents) from your PC to Android tablet. Perfect for every one!

      • Sean

        Do you have to get that Tonidoplug for it to work, or is that just a mobile hotspot or something they sell also?b

      • Christyler00

        Unless you are living in a rural area and your only internet connection is through your zoom for your PC. Then it’s not for everyone.

        • Christyler00

          xoom, sorry auto correct.

  • Aram
  • Guest

    penultimate is a great notetaking app for iPad. I wonder why there aren’t as many handwriting app for android tables, the only one I found useful is pensupremacy!!

  • Tricia

    I am looking for a .pdf application that I can make notes on and save on my xoom.

  • Clive

    Is there an app that lets you video chat from Xoom tablet to a PC ?

  • Will Powell

    aShare – air share file sharing between devices is another great app for tablets. You can send photos and documents between tablets and phones with no setup no cables. Check out the aShare site as well

  • Interested but Not Sold

    Where the business apps? Something to use for document creation, those business spreadsheets and PowerPoints? Its great if I want to watch a movie or play games, but I need someting to interface with my corporate business requirements. Any ideas? How about the Open Source stuff?

    • Molly

      Google Docs is OK for this type of interface with business requirements.

    • Tom

      Try king soft office

  • JuBa Hashimoto


  • i want to know all the apps for the moterola xoom where can i find them

  • Janistuck

    Will you be upgrading the xoom so that we can play words with friends on Facebook? I am currently getting error messages

  • Tricia

    What is the best .pdf program for the XOOM? I would like to be able to write on the .pdf and save them on my XOOM. Thank you for your help.

  • I have also managed to grab afew apps for my android phone. Thanks to your illuminating article here Derek Scott.

  • Thanks so much for this post. There is very good and helpful information in this post. Keep up the good work.
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  • most of the apps i see are for kids or games! newbie here on my xoom wifi! I would like 2 things get taking care the crap changing the wallpaper and being able to use my sd card for installs.ics 4.04 unrooted

  • mike

    Um is there a game like left 4 dead

  • scott grud

    are you going to be upgrading the xoom so it will support adobe flash player?????????????????you are contracted with all the gaming companys and none of the games will work with a differant flash player WE NEED ADOBE FLASH PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!