December 21, 2014

Motorola Addresses Concerns Over U.S. XOOM SD Support

Following their recent announcement on Facebook that 3.1 is starting to roll out to non-U.S. Xooms with SD card support, some Americans are up in arms about why they haven’t got support for theirs yet. Motorola took to Twitter to address this, saying:

Google is refining the SD card solution for U.S.-based Motorola XOOM devices & we’ll share timing info as soon it’s available

Now, I flashed my Xoom software from the UK rom to the U.S. one just the other day, and I can’t say I’m annoyed. With Google Music Beta, I’ve hardly used up any storage on my Xoom so, I have no need for the SD slot yet. Also, those who are confused as to why the U.S. ROM didn’t get the support with 3.1, it’s because the Xoom is only a Google Experience Device in America. So Google controls the software on it, whereas everywhere else, Moto can customize it how they want, thus adding their own SD support like ASUS with the Transformer.

I’m still glad I flashed the U.S. ROM, as I know I’ll get timely updates now, especially with 3.2 and ICS coming up. Whereas with the rest of the Xooms, their future in regards to updates isn’t quite as certain, and will take longer to come, if they even get them.

What do you guys think? Do you need SD support right now? Or are you fine with waiting a little bit longer and knowing you will be getting updates straight from Google with their own SD support solution? Let us know below or on our Facebook Wall!

Source: Twitter



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1501095082 Chris Hughes

    Honestly…It’s not that I NEED the extra storage. It’s the principal of it.  I was sold something that was “coming in weeks.” and now it doesn’t really seem to be coming at all.

    It’s like if I purchased a car without a working trailer hitch but was promised one in “the coming weeks.”

    Now I don’t use a trailer hitch all that much.  But when I want to use it, and i’ve paid for it…I should be allowed to use it.  And if it turns out that the trailer hitch isn’t coming “in the coming weeks.” I should be compensated somehow.

    Sure, I can wrangle up something to tow my *WHATEVER*.  But should I have to?

    • Beaches166

      i agree. i paid 8 bejamins for mine. i can get same thing with asus (minus the sim). we paid, we were mislead. what makes me so made is verizon, motorola, nobody will step up and say WHY!! is google holding motorola hostage? whats the big deal just tell us why. its a good pc of gear, but for gosh sake if they come out with a xoom 2 before they fix this…

  • http://twitter.com/Tutomate Mario Silva

    I’ve got SD card support via the Tiamat Kernel.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t really understand what’s so difficult about having SD support right out of the box. Should have been there the day the XOOM was released. Works fine on my Transformer, and that’s the reason why when I was about to click the “buy” button that I didn’t get the XOOM. Pretty ridiculous.

    There are a gazillion phones, computers, and other devices that have SD support, and for some reason, Google/Motorola can’t figure it out. Again, ridiculous.

  • http://www.gmachine.net GMachine.net

    well its interesting that even moto is pushing sd support, yet Google isn’t? Really doesn’t make any sense to me. How can Google the more or less mother of Android unable to get their sd support smoothed out? Just plain silly. I can only hope they are working on some ridiculously high speed transfer solution or flipping something amazing that no one else has done. if not.. just plain silly.

    • http://www.gmachine.net GMachine.net

      however it is true, not like I really have needed it for anything I could get around. I agree with what Chris says below, I paid for it and I should have it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linux-Dood/1292832243 Linux Dood

    I would rather keep the US Xoom as a Google experience device.  I suspect very few of us *need* the extra capacity now (Heck, the Sammy doesn’t even have an SD card slot).  

  • Joel

    Yes! I need the SD support. I like to watch videos on my Xoom, and at 1GB to 4GB per video space evapoates rather quickly.

  • Ricardo Lopez

    Absolutely need the SD support! I use the Xoom mainly to play videos and there is never enough room.  It is always a struggle swapping videos to make room.

  • Ricardo Lopez

    Absolutely need the SD support! I use the Xoom mainly to play videos and there is never enough room.  It is always a struggle swapping videos to make room.

  • Cwrench

    got 2 nu acers 2day , gave the xooms 2 the kids next door , so far so gud.

  • Nonya

    Google has screwed this up.  You can bet the next device I’m looking at that is a google experience device will not be considered for purchase.

  • Nonya

    Google has screwed this up.  You can bet the next device I’m looking at that is a google experience device will not be considered for purchase.