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Xoom gets rooted, overclocked and disassembled

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Whenever a new gadget is out there is always a few special (and I mean that in a good way) people who immediately tear into it in their own special way. The Xoom is no exception, and since the launch it has now been rooted, overclocked and disassembled.

The people at iFixit are behind the disassembly, as always. They basically make money by selling replacement parts for popular gadgets, and get publicity to do so by always being the first to disassemble new gadgets. They have tons of very clear pictures of every part of the insides of the Xoom so if you want to see how all the parts fit together it’s a nice read. Maybe they’ll have a DIY option for when it’s time to upgrade to LTE, but for now you can at least buy the tools necessary to take it apart yourself if you for some reason feel the need to.

The Xoom has also been rooted, which was inevitable. Just as with the iPad and jailbreaking there’s always the choice whether to go with the stock setup or not, and while I personally am tired of anything that doesn’t do what I need out of the box I think it’s awesome that there are people out there who love hacking away at their new toys.

Lastly, the Xoom has been overclocked, and this is one of the things I talked about last sentence with “hacking away” at new toys. One guy got his Xoom up to 1.5Ghz, which is a 50% increase from the stock 1Ghz. Both benchmarks and his own real world experience says that the device is much faster when overclocked, but who knows how much battery life is affected or if it will have other side effects. Our own Xoom owner here at NBT, Grahm, says the UI is a bit sluggish, so maybe this is the solution. I once overclocked my Viliv S5 Windows UMPC and that was a night and day change, but the Zoom should already be able to keep up with its OS, unlike the Viliv.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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15 thoughts on “Xoom gets rooted, overclocked and disassembled

  • Avatar of Relyt

    Well that was quick. Yay for the hacker community!

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  • Avatar of Nikko

    So far, from all the reviews I’ve read, it seems honeycomb is to blame for the sluggishness. What good does a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor make when the OS is faulty?
    Software matter more than specs. Even if it’s a quad-core or whatever, and the OS can’t keep up with that, it’s useless.

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    • Avatar of macilaci457

      Yes, You are right, the software matters a lot. (I remember when a 33Mhz Palm could start an app in half seconds from OFF, and it worked even next time)

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  • Avatar of Mathis

    Did anyone read NVIDIAs roadmap for tegra? They sound a little bit insane, planing for the near Future quadcorecpu’s with 72 times the power of tegra, without a higher need of battery.
    I just rember, when a few guys in australia overclocked the nc10 netbook to 2,5 ghz…. it wasn’t portable anymore :D

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  • Agreed on the out of the box thing.

    A bit offtopic: how come it’s “rooted” for Android and “jailbreaked” for iOS? Aren’t they the same thing?

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    • Avatar of Mathis

      i think, android is open, part of the concept is, to let it be able to get rooted, apple don’t want you to modify their great ‘perfect’ system.

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  • Wow the hackers are quick.
    Overclocking would be the only one I’d potentially be interested in (depending on what it does to battery life)

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  • Avatar of Barto

    Now we wait to see how Motorola responds to being rooted. It seems that with an unlockable bootloader, they have almost invited this move. Hopefully this means they embrace it, as it may be a serious advantage in certain audiences.

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  • Avatar of macilaci457

    It happened so fast. These “developers” rather need to work for the manufacturer to make the device better.

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    • Avatar of Mathis

      yeah, they could work for sony :P making the ps3 ‘better’

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  • Avatar of Hadreon

    Things dont even come out good before they reworked. It was really quick this time too

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  • Avatar of Matthew B.

    This is one of the reason I like android gadgets: not only you get a great device, you can make it even better. Example is Galaxy S. It is amazing phone, and if you want, you can make it even better by rooting and installing different firmware.

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