Joining the list of devices that will be getting Jelly Bean official updates is the Motorola Xoom. The tablet came to the market with Android 3.0 Honeycomb as its default OS and eventually, the tablet also got Ice Cream Sandwich updates from both official releases and custom ROMs.
This time, the Motorola Xoom will also have a taste of Jelly Bean, thanks to the efforts of developers who constantly work on custom ROMs for people who can't wait for the official update.
Team EOS has recently released an unofficial Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. This ROM is a nightly build so expect some issues from time to time as it updates automatically.
Do take note that the updates released by Team EOS are for the Motorola Xoom MZ604 (Wi-Fi variant) and the Motorola Xoom MZ602 (U.S. 4G variant). There are separate ROMs for the two variants, so take extra care and make sure you are installing the correct ROM to your tablet.
If you want to upgrade the Motorola Xoom to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, just follow the requirements and instructions below for flashing the EOS 3 custom ROM.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi variant), model number MZ604 and the Motorola Xoom (U.S. 4G variant), model number MZ602. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- A Motorola Xoom (Wi-Fi variant) MZ604 or a Motorola Xoom (U.S. 4G variant) MZ602 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed.
- A Windows PC.
- Your tablet's USB cable.
- Download one of the following files:
- Download Jelly Bean GApps (Google Apps) package (gapps-jb-20120722-eos-signed.zip, md5sum: 6bd1356e50cac814791d4f8621d96c1a)
- Make sure your tablet's battery is charged up to 75% or more to avoid interruptions during the process.
- Backup all personal data on your tablet to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Copy the ROM package and the GApps package to your tablet's external SD card.
- Switch off your tablet.
- Boot into ClockworkMod Recovery. To do this, press and hold down the Power and Volume Down keys until the tablet's screen turns on and the red Motorola Dual Core logo appears. Once you see the “Android Recovery” text on the top left of the screen, press the Volume Up key to boot into Recovery Mode.
- NOTE: While in Recovery Mode, use the Volume keys to navigate and the Power button to select an option.
- Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset and confirm the action on the next screen.
- Select Wipe Cache Partitionand confirm the action on the next screen.
- Go back to the main menu and select Advanced.From there, select Wipe Dalvik Cacheand confirm the action on the next screen.
- Select Install ZIP from SD Card and select Choose ZIP from SD Card. Locate the ROM file and select it. Confirming the action on the next screen will start installing the ROM to your tablet.
- When the installation completes, install the GApps package in the same manner as in step 7.
- After installing GApps, select Go Back and choose Reboot System Now. This will reboot your tablet to the newly installed ROM.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean via the EOS 3 custom ROM on your Motorola Xoom MZ602/MZ604.
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