Rooting your Motorola Xoom won't stop you from getting an LTE hardware upgrade
, but it will throw up a roadblock if you're trying to watch movies rented from YouTube / Android Market
. Android Central
points out a Google support document that details the "Failed to fetch license for [movie title] (error 49)" message users will see when they try to play a movie on a rooted Android device. Only Xooms with Android 3.1 have access to the service right now, but once support rolls out to all Android 2.2 or higher devices in a couple of weeks some will have to choose between their superuser privileges and Google's nascent movie offerings (at least until someone figures out a workaround anyway). So far rooting and jailbreaking hasn't put a stop to other movie rental services for mobiles (iTunes, Netflix
) so even if Google blames the movie studios for the policy, it seems like an odd restriction for the company behind the "open" platform to have.