The long wait is finally over. Motorola has started its gradual roll out of the long-awaited LTE upgrade to its XOOM tablet by asking business and government Motorola XOOM 3G customers to send in their tablets for the necessary hardware tweak that would let it be able to handle LTE. Quite a few have already sent theirs in and, after a five-day wait, they were back in customers’ hands. There are already screenshots sent in by excited users of their “Motorola Xoom 4G LTE” tablet running on Verizon’s LTE network, like the one below.
Download speeds of up to 32.97Mbps and upload speeds of 10.10Mbps have been confirmed. This is vindication for many XOOM 3G users, giving them something to reward them as the first purchasers of a Honeycomb device. Another added upgrade seems to be the OS. As you can see from the picture above, the version number is now Android 3.2.2 – not just Android 3.2. This could be something that is unique to Motorola XOOM since we haven’t heard about any Android 3.2.1.
A few more details about the upgrade. If you send in an unlocked rooted device, you’ll be getting a locked slate in return, with all of the user data cleaned. This means you should create a back-up of whatever data you have on your tablet. Rerooting the device is no hassle since the XOOM doesn’t have a locked down and protected bootloader anyway, but the data loss can be worrisome.
If you’ve received your Motorola e-mail, better send your XOOM in for the upgrade. This hardware upgrade also bodes well for a possible LTE release for XOOM – which is a good thing for prospective tablet buyers.
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