Motorola Will Upgrade Xoom to 4G LTE on Verizon Even for Rooted Tablets

According to Motorola Support Forums, Motorola XOOM, the first tablet PC to arrive on the market with Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system on board, is expected to receive an update in the near future to make it compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

From Motorola Support Forums:

42. Mar 4, 2011 6:27 PM (in response to camblue)
Rooting the Xoom – will this make it ineligible for 4G upgrade?
Hey hey! Check it out.

All Motorola XOOM tablets on the Verizon Wireless network are eligible to receive an upgrade to support 4G LTE. This includes those that have been unlocked; however, those units must be submitted for upgrade with the original factory software reinstalled and the device relocked in order to receive the upgrade.

For devices that are returned unlocked, Motorola will attempt to complete the upgrade, but may be unable to update the software. In these cases, the device will be returned to the consumer with just the 4G LTE modem installed.

More details on the process will be available closer to the upgrade availability.

Even if Motorola can’t get the 4G LTE modem working on rooted XOOMs, they’ll at least return the slate with the new hardware installed. We imagine it’ll only be a short matter of time before the Android ROM community get 4G support up and running on hacked devices.

Motorola promises more details closer to the upgrade, but already a stock XOOM ROM has leaked for overly-cautious owners wanting to get as close to box-fresh as possible.

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