The Motorola XOOM WiFi tablet is now widely available in the US for $600 or less. But it turns out that if you try to use the same method to gain root access to the tablet as you would use with the 3G model, you may wind up with an at-least-temporarily unbootable machine. Fortunately it didn’t take the folks at the xda-developers forum long to come up with a new rooting method that appears to work with the WiFi version of Motorola’s Android tablet.
You can find step by step directions at the forum, as well as download links for all the tools you’ll need. It’s not exactly a 1-click solution, but it doesn’t seem that bad.
If you have a hard time understanding the instructions, you might want to hold off on updating. The process isn’t exactly for beginners, and while the odds of you completely bricking the tablet aren’t all that great, good luck getting Motorola or the retailer where you picked up the tablet to honor your warranty if you try to send the tablet back without a working operating system.
The Motorola XOOM WiFi is available from Amazon for $599. It should also be available in-stores at Staples and other retail chains. The tablet features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive multitouch display, Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor.
Rooting the operating system grants you the ability to run apps that require deep access to the operating system in order to work.