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Motorola Xoom 4G LTE upgrades finally on their way

"Pilot" group will be the first to receive it within the next week

By MARK JONES

Published: 26 August, 2011

READ MORE: US | Motorola | Tablet | Android

It has been a long time coming but it looks like Motorola Xoom owners will finally be able to get the 4G LTE upgrade starting within the next week. There is a catch though as only business and government Xoom owners will be able to send their devices off to be upgraded at first. The news comes via Droid Life and indicates that this initial group will be the "pilot" group before the update is released to the "masses". What this means exactly is unclear but it at least seems like Motorola will make good on its promise to deliver the upgrade to the majority of the tablet owners by late September.

The Xoom was long touted to be the first 4G tablet but as the upgrade failed to materialise Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 snatched this title. When it is available to the general public Motorola will perform the upgrade free of charge as well as provide a box with pre-paid shipping and all the necessary packaging to return it to the manufacturer.

Customers will need to need send an upgrade request to Motorola and once sent in the process should take up to three business days. It has been recommended that owners of the tablet back up their data before sending the device in for the upgrade.

When it was released earlier this year the tablet was the first serious alternative to the iPad in terms of its specs but failed to set the world alight with its premium price tag. Since then several equally well spec'd slates have emerged which are much more reasonable.

For anyone who has been thinking of getting a Xoom it might be worth waiting a little while as two new tablets with 4G connectivity already built in are set to be released later this year.

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