The last week of February saw Motorola XOOM went live and Android hackers being an ever ready lot did what so many expected of them – rooted the first Honeycomb powered Tablet. Last week, a rumor surfaced which suggested that Motorola will not upgrade the unlocked/rooted XOOM Tablets to make it 4G ready. Motorola has made it clear that this is not the case and they will be upgrading the rooted Tablets as well.
Here’s the official statement from the makers of the Tablet which faces some serious competition from the iPad 2:
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.
To sum it all up, the rooted Motorola XOOM has to be relocked and returned with factory settings which will make sure that the device gets a complete upgrade. Devices that are returned rooted may not get the complete upgrade.