Here is finally the piece of news that many might have been waiting for. If the steep $800 price tag of the Motorola XOOM has been bothering you that is. The price of the Motorola XOOM comes down to $600 if you agree to keep tied down to Verizon for two years. While the $600 price is a lot better ($200 to be exact) than the $800 price that the unsubsidized XOOM is all set to sell for, one also has the other option of a Wi-Fi only version of the XOOM that too has a asking price of $600. However, its yet unknown when the W-Fi only XOOM will go on sale.
Meanwhile, in another interesting development, Motorola has officially announced the XOOM tablet will include a bootloader and the best thing with it is that it can be unlocked and then locked again. The reason why this is highly interesting is that the inclusion of such a feature marks a complete departure from the usual Motorola practice (or for that matter what every other manufacturer practices) of keeping their device locked from prying eyes (read hackers). So with the new XOOM, anyone can unlock the bootloader and gain unlimited access to the setting. This in turn is sweet news for the hacking community who it seems have been spared the efforts to reach to the interiors of the tablet to develop custom ROMs. Or maybe even ticker with the operating system itself. This unless there are other security checks built in somewhere in between.
Sure there will be more on this later.
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