Verizon announced that Motorola Xoom users will be able to upgrade their tablets to LTE version for free in September
Verizon confirmed that its Motorola Xoom users will be able to upgrade their tablets to the LTE version on an unspecified date in September. Motorola had previously made a promise to provide the upgrade much earlier.
Verizon has not provided a specific date on which the upgrade will be available but only repeated what it had said earlier. The company told customers that they would have to send the device to Motorola and wait for 6 business days for it to return with an upgrade. Verizon assured its users that no data will be removed during the process, but it is strongly recommended that they take a back up.
The first announcement made by Verizon concerning the upgrade was in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. More information on the LTE upgrade came the following month when the carrier announced that the upgrade would occur during the second quarter of 2011. However, Motorola decided not to provide the enhancements as its CEO Sanjay Jha told that there were some software performance issues. Due to these reasons Motorola also postponed the release of the Droid Bionic, the first LTE smartphone for Verizon.
It is interesting the note that the second announcement regarding Xoom came just a few hours after Verizon announced that it would release the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE on 28 July. The 16GB tablet version will be sold for $529.99 and 32GB for $629.99 under a two year contract.
Verizon also announced earlier that it would be releasing an LTE version for the HP tablet. At a time when competitors have already launched LTE versions, Motorola has fallen quite behind with Xoom and its impending issues.