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Motorola Xoom should see second software update soon

Motorola and Verizon are said to be readying a second upgrade to the Honeycomb tablet barely a month after the first update.

The HMJ078 update was scheduled to start on April 28 but has yet to surface.

Verizon Wireless and Motorola were poised to issue another software update to the Xoom tablet earlier today, but apparently have pulled back at the last minute.

On Thursday, Droid-Life was first to report that an HMJ078 update was expected to start hitting the Android 3.0 tablet today. The site even grabbed a screen capture of the enhancements and new features.

Among the list of coming changes were improvements to Web and data access, easy viewing and transfer of photos from digital cameras, and support for Bluetooth mice. Noticeably absent from the list, however, is the ability to use the microSD card for added storage. Currently, users are limited to the 32GB internal storage for media and files.

Yet, Droid-Life reported this morning that Verizon changed its Xoom support page that lists the benefits of the update. Visitors to the page instead will see the previous software update from a month ago.

Given that the carrier has yet to announce the update in the first place, I don't expect to hear a reason for the sudden change. Perhaps Verizon has gone back to amend the list with additional features.

On a related note, Adobe issued an updated version of Flash 10.2 into the Android Market designed for Honeycomb tablets. This release is said to take advantage of coming changes in Honeycomb that include hardware accelerated playback of 720p HD video and a security update addressing the Flash Player vulnerability announced in mid-April.

Given that Motorola updated the tablet to 3.0.1 back in March, the new build of Flash will have to wait. According to the Adobe blog, this update is now live in the Android Market.