Motorola Xoom 4G LTE Upgrade: Refreshingly open-minded

The Motorola Xoom tablet device running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb was finally released recently. This was a much-awaited device although some people felt disappointed on learning that it wasn’t shipped 4G-ready. We then informed our readers that to receive the upgrade at a later date would require sending off your Xoom tablet and being without it for a few days.

Among our recent articles about the Xoom, our review roundup showed that many felt it was potentially a great device, but the consensus seemed to be that it hadn’t quite reached that potential yet. We also told how some ingenious people had already managed to hack the Xoom. Now this type of activity and tampering with the machine would often mean you may rule your device out of any future upgrades but there has been a very refreshing stance declared by Motorola on this.

An article by Vlad Savov over on Engadget tells how the Motorola Support Forums has officially stated that it will try to upgrade the device to 4G LTE on any Xoom carried by Verizon, regardless of whether the device has been rooted/unlocked. It does ask that users attempt to revert to the original firmware the Xoom came with but even if you choose not to, Motorola will still attempt the upgrade and says if nothing else the 4G LTE modem will still be installed. Motorola will not though, guarantee that software updates will be successful if the OS has been tweaked but that’s pretty understandable.

If you want to find out more about the Xoom head to the Motorola product page here or you may also be interested in our recent teardown look at the Xoom. We have to say that the vow to tackle any Xoom, regardless of its state, for the 4G LTE upgrade is quite an open-minded and impressive move on Motorola’s part and it would be great if it was a sign of things to come for other manufacturers but we’re not holding our breath. What are your thoughts on this move by Motorola? Let us know with your comments.

  • Upgrade

    The title of this article brought something interesting to mind.

    Why is it that Motorola can make a device that is easily upgradeable but Apple can't even put in standard ports and an SD expansion slot? Apple has retail stores in which customers could easily bring their iPad 2 in for an easy upgrade for 4G but Apple, as they usually do, have seen to gimping the device once again. This is a sad state when companies are more concerned with you upgrading to the next version, thus gimping the device at launch, instead of giving you the best technology currently available.