A few questions about the xoom

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Ok well i have a few questions about the motorola xoom. Hopefully you guys can help.

First off I know it has hdmi out, so does my htc evo. That being said the hdmi out on my evo sucks. I can only use it in gallery video and youtube. thats it. now with the zoom can i use the hdmi out to connect to my tv and see whatever i see on my tablet or is it app specific like with the evo??

Second, does anyone know if the wifi only version has a gps chip? And if so can i use the gps with wifi only (out and about) if i tether through my phone.

Third i use pdanet and can i bluetooth tether internet to my xoom from my evo.

thanks for the help
 

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Hey Harold. I don't think you'll be able to pull up the entire screen, so it might be app specific. I haven't seen any demonstrations of it being done in the way you're describing, but someone can most certainly correct me if I'm wrong.

In terms of GPS, yes the Xoom has GPS. You'll be able to use GPS and WiFi at the same time. In terms of Bluetooth tethering, I'm not 100% positive on this. Can someone else confirm/deny this?
 
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Hey Harold. I don't think you'll be able to pull up the entire screen, so it might be app specific. I haven't seen any demonstrations of it being done in the way you're describing, but someone can most certainly correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't know, but they certainly looked like that's what they were doing when it was docked at the Honeycomb event. Honeycomb could very well support this, but obviously we'll have confirmation in about 6 days.

Obviously they may have set something special up too, but it did look like they were using the Motorola dock.
 
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As for HDMI, I WANT to say it has HDMI mirroring like the Bionic and other, newer Android devices, but I am not sure.

The GPS is in the wifi-only version, that's confirmed.
 

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Awsome guys thanks a lot. I guess we will have to wait and see. I really cant wait to get my hand on this thing. I hope that netflix will run on the xoom. because if im correct doesnt honeycomb have some drm- software?
 

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Awsome guys thanks a lot. I guess we will have to wait and see. I really cant wait to get my hand on this thing. I hope that netflix will run on the xoom. because if im correct doesnt honeycomb have some drm- software?

Yeah, it has something of the sort. I read somewhere that Netflix is working with Nvidia to get Tegra2 support for Netflix.
 

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As for HDMI, I WANT to say it has HDMI mirroring like the Bionic and other, newer Android devices, but I am not sure.

The GPS is in the wifi-only version, that's confirmed.

Thats kinda silly. Yes the gps would be nice to find local places while your out at a place that has wifi with apps like places or the browser. How can you use it like a gps with maps if when you walk out the wifi area it cuts off.

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Thats kinda silly. Yes the gps would be nice to find local places while your out at a place that has wifi with apps like places or the browser. How can you use it like a gps with maps if when you walk out the wifi area it cuts off.

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Because with the new version of Google Maps and vector-based mapping, if you plug in a destination and plot the route to get there (while you have internet access), it caches the maps for the route (and potential re-routes, along with maps for your favorite destinations) and you can use the GPS to get there regardless of whether you are connected to the internet or not.
 

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Thats kinda silly. Yes the gps would be nice to find local places while your out at a place that has wifi with apps like places or the browser. How can you use it like a gps with maps if when you walk out the wifi area it cuts off.

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Better to have it than not. And it would be useful if tethering from another device.
 

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Thats kinda silly. Yes the gps would be nice to find local places while your out at a place that has wifi with apps like places or the browser. How can you use it like a gps with maps if when you walk out the wifi area it cuts off.

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I'd rather tether it to my phone for data and use the XOOM's GPS/Screen than the other way around.
 

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Thats kinda silly. Yes the gps would be nice to find local places while your out at a place that has wifi with apps like places or the browser. How can you use it like a gps with maps if when you walk out the wifi area it cuts off.

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Well ...

GPS itself should not need mobile data. Google Maps however - and several other apps - do in fact require Mobile data to function properly. They need to fetch maps - which are not stored locally on the device - to view from within the app. Many apps need this connection, but not all do.

For example, a different application that uses GPS - one which stores all the data it needs locally on the device (maps, etc) - would not need any kind of 3G data to function correctly.

If you download/buy another navigation app such as Aura GPS ( $19.99 for US maps) that stores maps on the device, you should have no problems navigating absent a 3G signal .
 

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Almost positive that HDMI will be nerfed. This is from the manual:

"Watch your photo slideshow or recorded HD videos on
your HDTV. Just connect an HDMI cable from the
HDMI port on your tablet (see “Welcome” on page 2)
to an HDMI port on the TV or monitor."