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Rooted Motorola Xoom To Get 4G LTE, Maybe

First-ever, Google Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” Operating System powered tablet, Motorola Xoom, is being eyed to receive an update as to make it compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

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In order to make the update compatible on the Motorola Xoom tablet, users might need to send their devices to Motorola, in order to make slight changes to the hardware, whereas a firmware installation would also be required.

Motorola would require a six day process on the tablet, in order to make it capable of providing users with a better data transfer experience. Moreover, rumors suggest that Motorola might not update those devices which have already been unlocked or rooted, which means those tablets would be put them to a rest.

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.

According to the above note, those devices which have been rooted would not be left out of this update, though Motorola does not guarantee that the update process would actually be completed.

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.

Motorola Mobility announced plans of entering retail agreements with The Carphone Warehouse, Best Buy and Dixons Retail Plc. in the U.K. One of the most voiced company over the Mobile World Congress 2011 (MWC 2011), the company confirmed a handful of retail giants on introducing the Motorola XOOM in the European market.

The Motorola XOOM tablet comes powered with the strong and powerful, Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb Operating System, with the OS specifically designed for tablets.

According to a press release, “The Carphone Warehouse” and “Best Buy” would be launching the Motorola XOOM tablet (3G/Wi-Fi) and Currys and PC World to launch the ‘Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi’ in Q2 2011.

Andrew Morley, VP Marketing Motorola Mobility, announced:

We’re excited to be bringing a device as powerful as Motorola XOOM to leading carriers and partners in the U.K. Today’s announcement is testament to how well Motorola XOOM has been received by consumers and carriers alike.

For quite sometime we have been hearing on 2011 being the year of the tablet. A number of tablets from some of the top tech giants have been unveiled lately, all following the Apple iPad. Demand for tablets have been higher than expected and analysts eye it to grow in the next 12 months.
Motorola XOOM Features

1. 10.1-inch Widescreen HD Display with 1280 x 800 resolution

2. 5-megapixel rear-facing camera for 720p video capture

3. 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats

4. Built-in Gyroscope, Barometer, e-compass, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting

5. 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor

6. Android 3.0 Honeycomb

7. Google Mobile

8. Adobe Flash Player with support for Adobe AIR

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