The Motorola Xoom was definitely the best tablet announced during the CES 2011. The Xoom is expected to hit the stores sometime in May as a 3G+WiFi tablet, with an upgrade to 4G LTE sometime later in 2011 in the States. However, now it looks like Motorola will ship a Wi-Fi only version of the Xoom as well.
Motorola’s Latin America General Manager, Maurizio Angelone has told Infobae that Motorola will ship the WiFi only version of the Xoom a whole month before the 3G+WiFi version of the device hit the stores.
The Motorola Xoom features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280×800. The tablet is based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform which includes a dual-core Cortex A9 based 1 GHz processor. The back of the tablet sports a 5MP camera with dual-LED flash while there is a 2MP camera in the front for video calling. The Xoom runs on the tablet version of Android Honeycomb. Readers can find out the whole specs of Motorola Xoom here.
In other Xoom related news, Motorola expects the Xoom to set the sales chart on fire. According to DigiTimes, the company has ordered 800,000-900,000 units of the Xoom with four varying colors. The company expects the order of the Xoom to reach as high as a million in the first quarter of 2011.
Last week, Motorola announced the much awaited, Android Honeycomb powered Xoom tablet at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This tablet is expected to release in the Q1 of 2011, but the company has not announced the price of this device. Handtec, a popular online retailer in the UK have already listed the price of the device on their website. According to the retailer, Motorola Xoom tablet will be available in the UK for £719.99 (approx. $1100).
Motorola Xoom comes with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.
Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 3G Connectivity, 4G LTE upgradeable, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM and up to 10 hour video playback.
The cost of the device, after excluding the VAT is just £599.99 (approx. $930). Are you willing to buy this device? Or planning to buy the Android Gingerbread powered ASUS Eee Pad Slider tablet? Let us know your views in the comments below.
Motorola finally announced its much awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This device runs on the Google’s latest Android OS (Honeycomb), optimized for tablets. Motorola Xoom comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 4G LTE upgradeable, Full HD (1080p) video playback and more. This device allows you to access more that 3 million Google eBooks. Check out the complete specs below.
Motorola XOOM is a powerful addition to Verizon’s product lineup and builds on our combined leadership with Motorola to deliver innovative mobile devices and service on the Android platform. Motorola XOOM gives consumers complete access and control of their favorite personal content and work files whether through our nationwide 3G network, or through our lightning-fast 4G LTE network as it rolls out around the country,said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
Motorola Xoom Specifications:
10.1 inch touchscreen display
1280 x 800 pixels resolution
Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash
2 megapixel front-facing camera
3.5mm headset jack
micro USB 2.0
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID
4G LTE upgradeable
HD (720p) video recording
Full HD (1080p) playback
32GB internal memory
SD card support
1GB DDR2 RAM
Up to 10 hour video playback
The Motorola Xoom device will launch as a 3G/Wi-Fi enabled device in Q1 2011 with an upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2. Starting in Q2 2011, the Motorola Xoom will be a 4G LTE/Wi-Fi- enabled device. The price of this tablet is not announced yet.
Google is working hard to get Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb out to manufactures. The next generation Android OS which will be used to create and run tablets will be released in the next few months.
However, it looks like someone at Google slipped a bit and posted a video on YouTube, which showed the Honeycomb UI in action. TechCrunch writer Devin managed to watch the video before it was taken down. However, the video is now all over the internet.
Here are some of the screenshots of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. From the looks of it, it is definitely something worth waiting for.
Andy Rubin had stated during the Google I/O event this year that the Android 3.0 update will completely change the UI of Android to make it look more beautiful and pleasing to the eye. Back then, he had also shown off the brand new Music Player which will be bundled with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Now, XDA member johnie93 has somehow managed to get his hands on the APK file of the Honeycomb music player.
Readers can download the APK file from here. Transfer this APK file to your Android handset and install it to get the Honeycomb music player on your handset.
The Music Player worked perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S running a custom ROM based on Android 2.2.1. The application also supports music streaming from the Gmail account linked to your Android handset (Google Music incoming?). The UI of the music app is pretty good as well but nothing stellar. The desktop widget is a bit bland for my taste with no album art support.
It also looks like the Music Player will support Wireless Sync. As of now, the feature does not work. Also, sometimes the app would get excessively slow while playing back music. The app also FC’ed (Force Close) a couple of times for the short span of time I used it.
Nevertheless, I am pretty sure that this is a beta version of the music player. Google still has a lot of time to improve and tweak the performance of the application and perhaps include an equalizer as well.
Andy Rubin unveiled a Motorola tablet powered by the next version of Android codenamed Honeycomb at the D: Dive into Mobile conference.
It has been called Android version 3.0 by the tech press, but now we have a new rumor which says that Honeycomb will actually be Android 2.4, not 3.0.
It has been assumed that Honeycomb will be Android 3.0 because it will support the tablet form factor and will come with a new user interface, but it seems that Google is planning to do something more special with version 3.0.
Android 2.4 Honeycomb (rumored) will probably be launched at MWC 2011 in Barcelona in February 2011 while Android 3.0 will be launched at the next Google I/O event in May 2011, like Froyo. Android 3.0 will probably be named Ice Cream, going by the current naming convention.
More images of the Motorola Android tablet have surfaced on the interwebs. The Motorola Android tablet was first revealed by Andy Rubin last week at the D: Dive into Mobile event. It is running Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a new version of the Android OS optimized for the tablet form factor.
We have a few screenshots of Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the Motorola tablet. The tablet will have a 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor, 512 MB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and a 10.1 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It will sport two cameras – a 5 MP primary camera and a 2 MP secondary one.
The tablet will probably be launched in Q1 2011. If we are in luck, it might even be unveiled at CES 2011.
Word on the street is that Google has officially chosen the MotoPad, Motorola’s soon-to-be-launched Android tablet as the launchpad for the Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
@mobireview, the official Twitter account of Mobile Review tweeted out this interesting bit of news just a few hours back, so I guess their source must be pretty reliable.
The only details we have right now are that the Motorola tablet will be called the MotoPad and will have run Android 3.0 Honeycomb. It will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, just like the Galaxy Tab.
While Samsung launched the Galaxy Tab about 2 months back, both Motorola and LG had stated that they would be waiting for a more mature version of Android. Looks like Motorola got what it wanted. The MotoPad will probably be launched in Q1 2011.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab should soon see some serious competition; according to a report by a Chinese blog, the LG Optimus Pad will be launched in Q1 2011.
The only two major contenders in the tablet market today are the Apple iPad which has captured over 95% of the market and the Galaxy Tab which has just been launched.
LG had earlier stated that the current version of Android – Android 2.2 Froyo was not suited for the tablet form factor; that it was holding out for a more suitable variant.
Today, it announced that it will be launching the LG Optimus Pad in Q1 2011. It will run Android 3.0 Honeycomb which will natively support higher resolutions. It will be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and will have a 8.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display.
The tablet wars are soon going to start, and the iPad is what each of the new tablets has in its crosshairs.
Google has a history of naming new versions of major Android OS releases after popular desserts.
Android 1.5 was codenamed Cupcake while Android 1.6 was named Donut. Android 2.1 was Eclair and Android 2.2 was Froyo. The next version of Android — 3.0 has already been named Gingerbread and is set to release soon.
Rumors surfaced today that the next version of the Android OS, 3.1 or 3.2 will be codenamed Honeycomb. Techradar broke the news and even contacted Google, but hasn’t received any comment yet.
Android is going places; it has a huge lineup of smartphones and tablets which are slated to launch in the next year. Honeycomb will probably support more powerful hardware and higher display resolutions and also offer much better performance.