How to Update Motorola Xoom with Google Nexus 7 Styled Firmware

Motorola Xoom LogoMotorola Xoom can now be styled into a Google Nexus 7 device, not in terms of the hardware though but yes on the overall user interface you can very well make your device look like. So, on the similar lines let’s check out on how you can do so with the help of a simple tutorial which we will be checking out on how you can do so. Please note that you will be required to be on the rooted firmware so as to make sure that you can then apply this custom ROM firmware. Please note that this should be applied on the Wi Fi + 3G model only, for ONLY Wi Fi model this is not compatible as of now.

In the coming days we will be coming out with many custom ROM firmwares which will help you in further customizing the device. To check on whether your device is rooted or not, head over to the Google PLAY Store to check on whether the XOOM is rooted or not as this can only be applied on the rooted devices. You can restore back to the Official firmware at any point of time, just note down the current firmware version from the path “Settings > About Tablet” where you will find the current firmware version.

Since the data might get lost or corrupted, you will need to back up all the data present in your device. With the help of below mentioned steps, you can easily backup the data. Don’t use PC Suites for backing the data as it doesn’t support the custom ROM firmwares.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Current features:

  • framework.apk for specific device/rom combos (to be pushed to system)
  • slim NavBar
  • StatBar (same dpi as Navbar symmetrical)
  • CWM flashable ZIP
  • use the ZIP to change DPI also

Features in upComing Version:

  • Single Zip download and autorecognise device per rom
  • some requests features
  • Support MZ602 & Roms

Disclaimer: We should not be held responsible for any damage to your Motorola Xoom which is very unlikely if you follow all the instructions. Just in case if you face any issues we will try our level best to fix them up.

Disable all the security suites installed in your computer and uninstall all antivirus tools in your computer so as to ensure that the firmware update is not interrupted in the middle of the process. Also, make sure that the minimum battery life should be more than 40% so as to make sure that it doesn’t get turned off in the middle of firmware update.

So assuming that you have followed all the above mentioned instructions you can now head over to the next page where we have summed up a detailed guide on how to apply this update.

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Procedure to update Xoom with Nexus 7 Themed Firmware:

  • Download the Nexus 7 themed custom ROM firmware from here to your computer. Once downloaded, you now need to connect your device to the computer and place this downloaded zip file in your Motorola Xoom. Place the zip file in the sd card.
  • Recovery mode in Motorola Xoom can be entered by Holding the Volume Down button when the Motorola Logo is shown when the device is booted normally. Just in case if the device boots up in the normal mode then you will have to again try entering the tablet in the recovery mode.
  • In recovery mode, you need to select the option of “Flash Zip from SD Card”. Select “Choose Zip from sd card” to select the Nexus 7 styled zip file and then the Google Apps package which you have placed in your Motorola Xoom tablet. Once the file is selected, it will take around 5 – 10 minutes for applying this update. It may even take longer time than expected.
  • Up next in the recovery mode you will have to select Wipe data/factory reset and select Wipe Cache partition and then reboot your device by selecting reboot system now. Once the device boots up, you can check the same from the path “Settings > About Tablet” where it will show the current firmware as Jellybean 4.1.1 firmware.

Tip: If the device gets into the boot loop sequence or say gets stuck in the welcome screen, just re insert the battery and re follow the above instructions so as to again follow the above mentioned instructions.

So there you go, you have now successfully installed the firmware in your Motorola Xoom. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues in the process of firmware update.

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