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How to Force Your Motorola Xoom Android 3.1 Update

Motorola Xoom owners are going to begin receiving their over-the-air upgrades for Android 3.1 soon. If you’re impatient, we may have a little trick to help you force the update.

Google just released Android 3.1, and we’ve detailed the new user improvements in great depth already. For our Motorola Xoom owners, you all should be expecting your Android 3.1 update as early as now.

Android Honeycomb 3.1 is out now, and it will be rolling out in waves, very much like the Android 3.0.1 upgrade for Flash Player 10.1 support.

If you’re like me and really don’t want to wait, there may be a small work around to help you force the upgrade.

Main System Settings > About Tablets > System Updates

This brings you to the System Updates menu which details if your Xoom is up to date. Any Xoom owner would know that this is not real time data, as incremental upgrades over-the-air, or OTA, can take several hours or days.

Keeping aside the fact your System Updates page may be several hours behind, you can try to move your Xoom tablet ahead, so that when it recalibrates to the actual time, the update may appear!

This is not guaranteed to work, but we’ve heard of it working in a few instances already, so it’s worth a try if you haven’t yet seen your Android 3.1 OTA upgrade.

Main System Menu > Date & Time > Uncheck Automatic Date & Time > Set Date > Set The Date Forward Several Days

From here, reboot your Xoom, and then go back to the Main System Settings > About Tablets > System Updates and check for the Android 3.1 update.

Should the update be available to you, upgrade to Android 3.1, and then reset your Xoom’s date and time back to it’s original settings (by following the above paths and checking enable on your auto date and time setting again).

With some luck, or with some patience, Xoom tablet owners will be running improvements with Android 3.1 in no time at all!

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