Telstra activating Motorola Xoom's microSD card slot in July

Android Honeycomb 3.1 update will give the Motorola Xoom extra functionality including microSD card support

The Motorola Xoom Android tablet

The Motorola Xoom Android tablet

Motorola’s Xoom Android tablet launched in Australia with a disabled microSD card slot, but Telstra has today confirmed that a software update in July will activate the missing functionality.

Read our comprehensive Motorola Xoom review, and see how the Motorola Xoom stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v and the Acer Iconia A500 in our Android tablet showdown.

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In a post on its exchange blog, Telstra announced that the Motorola Xoom will receive the Android 3.1 software update sometime in July.

In addition to activating the currently inactive microSD card slot, the Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.1 software update will also offer full support for the latest version of Adobe Flash Player (10.3), re-sizeable widgets, support for USB-connected peripherals and accessories, and expanded Bluetooth features to support Bluetooth headsets in the Google Chat application.

The Android update will enable accessories like keyboards, mice, game controllers and digital cameras to be used with the Xoom, along with Bluetooth mice. The software update will also include a file manager app, and will be available as an over-the-air download.

The Motorola Xoom was jointly unveiled by Motorola and Telstra last month, but will also be sold through Optus in Australia.

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