SDCardXD for Xoom Does What the Xoom Should Have Supported All Along

SDCardXD for Xoom Does What the Xoom Should Have Supported All Along

Aug 7, 2012

SDCard XD for Xoom is an app that probably shouldn’t be necessary, but really is. See, the Motorola Xoom, that venerable 10" Android tablet, is at this point is pretty much a Nexus device thanks to it getting Android updates in a timely manner. It got Ice Cream Sandwich shortly after its reveal, and recently got an update to Jelly Bean as well. On the hardware side, while it has a microSD slot, its functionality has always been lacking because of the fact that the Xoom can only read from the microSD slot, so no file modification of files on the device is possible. Well, until now, that is! SDCard XD for Xoom is a file manager that claims that it can actually write to the SD card slot.

Well, does it live up to its lofty claims? I gave it a shot and can confirm that yes, it does. It’s not the fastest writing process in the world, and one file copy caused the app to hang and say that the file was still transferring when it was done when testing on Ice Cream Sandwich, but it was usable after completion. Jelly Bean support seems a lot better, though it will work with ICS and even Honeycomb devices.

Copying and otherwise managing files is done by tapping-and-holding on files to call up a list of commands. There’s a two panel interface to make things easier, with a one-tap SD card access button. It’s not the nicest interface for a file browser, but it’s meant to primarily facilitate SD card writing access. Note that root access is not needed at all for Xoom users, it works perfectly well on stock devices.

There’s a good reason why this is one of the top-selling apps on Google Play for the Xoom: it works as advertised. It is a perfect solution for an imperfect world, because I never did understand why the Xoom couldn’t write to the SD card, anyway. SDCard XD for Xoom currently runs for $1.49 on Google Play.

Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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