So, the moment the Motorola Xoom hit the streets, tons of very eager customers ripped them from the shelves of retailers world wide. Many of them are people who like the non-stock approach, so they did what every Android owner has been doing for the past few years, root their device shortly after getting it. Everything works great and since the device can be overclocked to 1.5 GHz, it just feels that your Xoom cannot get any better. Well, there is actually one thing that could make it better and that would be the ability to use the widely available 4G network that Verizon seems so proud of. The good news is that Motorola will offer their customers a hardware upgrade to be able to use LTE on their Xoom, so if you thought that life with your Xoom couldn’t get any better, think again. However, as it is Motorola’s shiny new project, they would much rather not see it tainted by other people’s hands. What do I mean with this? Well, according to an article, which we were pointed at by XDA moderator M_T_M, it seems that Motorola is only offering this upgrade if your Xoom is unrooted. Over the years, Motorola has been a rather tough nut to crack when it comes to protecting their products from modding and hacking. Apparently, they figured that they couldn’t really stop it, so they decided to go the hardware route and offered something of value only for people who stick to their original plan.
So, here is your choice: If you have rooted and done countless upgrades, hacks, and mods to your new Xoom (effectively spending most of your nights and lunch breaks) and would like to have the ability to use Verizon’s 4G LTE, you are going to have to kiss all of that hard work good bye before you send your device to Motorola and start all over again once you get it back. Your alternative, is to be happy with what you have if you are not interested in doing all that work again.
Several companies are beginning to embrace the idea of custom stuff, but Motorola seems rather stiff on their position (Sony is on the same boat for the most part, but we are only talking about Moto in this case). What do you think of this move by Motorola? Do you think that manufacturer’s should stop trying to cut out all this protecting of their devices, even though they are no longer their devices once people buy them? Please share your thoughts by commenting below.
You can find the discussion thread and a link to the original article here.
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