Well this is a good indication that delayed rollouts of Android operating system updates could become a thing of the past. Telstra has announced via its Exchange blog that the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet will be getting the upgrade to version 3.1 from July.
Testing for the update will commence next week, with Telstra commiting to releasing 3.1 as an over the air update next month. Among the features included in the update are:
• Full support for the final release of Adobe Flash Player 10.3, delivering significant performance enhancements when viewing rich Flash content on the web. • Resizable widgets to enable further customisation of home screens. • The MicroSD card reader activation enabling customers to play apps and media from MicroSD cards. • Support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, such as keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras. • Expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in Google Talk™ video chats and Bluetooth mouse support in addition to additional shortcut keys with the Bluetooth keyboard • Picture Transfer Protocol Feature support to enable easier transfer of photo files to your PC without the need for drivers. • A file manager app allowing you to easily navigate through your storage.
Given that Android firmware upgrades generally take months to arrive in Australia after seeing a release elsewhere around the world, it seems that Telstra is doing its best to increase communication about status upgrades to try and pre-emptively strike the complaints.