Motorola has already made it clear through its twitter account that Xoom tablet contains a unlockable/lockable bootloader which gives developers an easy access to hardware for development.
If you are one of developers or a simple user but want to put your own data like custom ROMs, which are coming very soon, on Xoom, here is a simple guide to unlock Motorola Xoom’s bootloader.
Disclaimer: This guide is posted for testing and educational purposes only. It will void your warranty. This site won’t be responsible for any type of damage. Follow it at your own risk.
Note: This guide may erase all data on your xoom. That’s why we don’t recommend common users to try it.
All download links are posted at the end of this post.
Step 1: Download the Motorola Xoom USB drivers and install them on your PC.
Step 2: Download Android SDK. You will only need fastboot executable file for your host OS.
Step 3: Switch off Xoom.
Step 4: Press and hold the volume down button while pressing the power button.
Step 5: Keep pressed volume down button until your see some starting fastboot protocol text on the top left of the screen.
Step 6: Open a command window in your sdk\tools folder (not platform tools and depending on when you get the SDK you may need to copy over some DLL files)
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Step 7: Read the warning on your Xoom’s screen, hit volume up if you wish.
Now you are free to install root files or manipulate your system files.
- Download Motorola Xoom USB drivers. You will have to sign up on Motorola site to download the drivers but you can also google them.
- Download Android 3.0 SDK