Motorola Launches The Xoom Android Honeycomb Tablet In India

Motorola finally launched its Android powered Motorola Xoom tablet in India. This device was announced at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas and it was later showcased at MWC 2011 in Barcelona. Motorola Xoom is the first tablet, which runs on the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Motorola is selling both the Wi-Fi only version as well as the Wi-Fi + 3G version of this tablet in India.

Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by pre-empting the future mobile experience today,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it offers productivity while on the go and, provides more ways to have fun and connect with friends. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics. Motorola XOOM is everything that a tablet should be!

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 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, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi comes with a price tag of Rs.34,490, while the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G is available for Rs.41,490. The Best Buy prices of Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G are Rs.32,990 and Rs.39,990 respectively.

Currently, 5 major tablets are officially available in India – Apple iPad 2, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook and Acer Iconia Tab A500. Which tablet you are planning to buy? Let us know in the comments below.

Motorola Xoom Up For Pre-Order In India

Last week, Motorola announced its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom in India. This device was first showcased at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. The Motorola Xoom is the first tablet device to feature the Google’s Android Honeycomb Operating System, which is specially designed for tablet devices.

Flipkart, a popular online retailer is currently taking the pre-orders for the Motorola Xoom tablet in India. You can pre-order the WiFi-only version as well as the WiFi + 3G version of the Motorola Xoom at Flipkart. This handset will compete with the recently launched BlackBerry Playbook and the Apple iPad 2 in India. If you are planning to get this tablet, then check out the specs of this device, after the break.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, 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, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

The WiFi-only version of the Motorola Xoom comes with a price tag of Rs.32,990. On the other hand, the WiFi + 3G version of this tablet is available for Rs.39,990. Motorola Xoom will be released during the 5th week of June. Check out the pre-order link below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O Edition Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Rolling Out Now

Samsung has started rolling out the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition tablets. Samsung and Google gave these tablets as gifts to each of the Google I/O attendees.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for the Tab 10.1 brings some much needed performance and stability improvements. The update also brings new features like USB host functionality, unlimited number of apps in the multi-tasking pane, inline HTML5 playback and the ability to resize widgets.

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The update also adds the Google Books app, and removes some apps like the Amazon, Kindle, Samsung Apps, Music Hub and WeatherBug. Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition owners, who have rooted their device, need not worry as the update preserves your root access.

Users who have not got the OTA update notification, can manually pull the update from Samsung’s server by going to About Tablet> Software Updates option. Users also need to create a Samsung account, before they can download and install the OTA update. Tab owners should make sure that they have not encrypted the data on their device, before installing the update.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 I/O edition is also slated to receive an update in the future, which will replace the stock Android installation on the device with TouchWIZ 4.0.

Asus Transformer Android 3.1 Honeycomb Update Leaks

The Asus Transformer is a pretty popular Android Honeycomb based tablet, thanks to its dock able keyboard. The tablet is out of stock at almost all major stores and online retailers.

When Google announced the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update, Asus stated that the Transformer will get the update sometime in early June. Now, for the impatient Transformers users, the Android 3.1 update has leaked on the Internet. Apparently, the leaked update is the final build!

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Asus Transformer users, who flashed the update on their tablet, report an increase in performance, some bug fixes, and major improvement in the 3D performance of the tablet. The Android 3.1 update for the Transformer will also bring USB host capabilities, better HTML5 rendering, resizable widgets on the home screen and   the task switcher is not limited to just five apps now.

The process to update the tablet to Android 3.1 is a pretty simple one. The required steps can be found here. The problem is that Asus has requested majority of forums to remove the leaked update. The update is still available in quite some websites, and a simple Google search will lead users to the required file.

Android 3.1 Honeycomb Announced; Supports Google TV As Well!

Google has just announced an updated version of Honeycomb –   Android 3.1 – at Google I/O.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update brings some nifty features and much needed changes. First and foremost, the task switcher in Honeycomb will now show an unlimited number of apps, unlike the previous limit of 5. The widgets are also resizable, according to a user’s needs.

There are also many new APIs being introduced by the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update for developers to take advantage of.     Motorola_XOOM

Another major change is the support for USB host. That is, users can simply plugin a USB keyboard, mouse etc. and use it with their Android Honeycomb based tablet. In fact, users can also use game controllers and card readers with their Honeycomb tablet.

Here is the twist in the tale – the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update will also be rolled out to Google TV owners. Yes, Google TV! The Android Market will also start listing Google TV compatible apps, sometime this year!

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb update is already being rolled out to Verizon’s XOOM (3G model). Other Android tablets owners need to wait longer, before they get the latest version of Honeycomb!

Google Music, Books And Movies Services Goes Live!

Google has just announced three new media related services at the Google I/O Google Books, Google Movies and Google Music.

Users can purchase any book from the Google market, and read it on any Google Books compatible device.

Android users can rent movies for 1.99$ for up to 30 days. After renting a movie and watching it for some time, users have 24 hours to watch the whole movie. Users can stream movies, in HD quality; to any device they wish to including Google TV, Android Honeycomb tablets etc.

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Honeycomb based tablets will get a special app dedicated to Google Movies, with the Android 3.1 Honeycomb update. The service is also available for Android 2.2+ based handsets. Google has also added two new sections to the Android Market Books and Movies.

The Google Music service also went live, after months of speculation. The Music site is already up, and sadly the service is invitation based only. The Google Music service will allow users to stream their whole music library to their Android tablet or handset, via a Google Music app for Windows/Mac. Basically, once a user adds his music library to the Google Music app, his whole library is uploaded to the cloud.

Users can add up to 20,000 songs as well! The service will remain free, until it is in beta. Sadly, the service is only for people residing in the U.S.

Google has also released a new music app for the Android 2.2+ handsets, which can be downloaded from the Android market.

Google Music Page Goes Live; Available Only In The U.S.

Google I/O is going to kick-start in just half an hour from now, and the Google Music page is already live!

It was very well known that Google will be launching Google Music’, a cloud based music storage and player for all Android Gingerbread based phones and Honeycomb based tablets. As with any Google product, the service is in Beta right now.

Also, the service is in Invite only mode for now. So, readers interested in Google Music need to request for an invitation first. The Google Music page also states that the service is free only for a limited time.

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However, the biggest issue with Google Music is that it is only available to the people living in the United States. I seriously did not expect this from Google. There is a world outside the United States, and they also deserve their share of cloud based music player.

The Google Music is the second cloud based music player to pop-up on the Internet, after Amazon unveiled its cloud based music player a couple of months ago.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Arriving In US On June 8

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the company’s third tablet device and the successor of the original Galaxy Tab. Galaxy Tab 10.1 was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 but it was later renamed to Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Samsung went ahead and unveiled the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the CTIA 2011.

It comes with a large 10.1 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System and more. Samsung recently tweeted that, the much-awaited Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be available in the US from June 8th. Check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Stereo Speaker, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UX, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6800 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will compete with Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad in the US. This is definitely a good news for those, who were eagerly waiting to purchase this powerful tablet. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to be available in the European and Asian market, by the end of June. Head over to this page and register your interest about the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launch And XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Delayed!

Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced the Atrix 4G and the Droid Bionic. While the Atrix 4G is already available to the general consumer, the Droid Bionic was expected to be released sometime in Q2 of 2011.

The Droid Bionic is the first dual-core 4G LTE phone headed to Verizon’s network. However, there is a twist in the tale. At the company’s Q1 earning call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha told the folks over at Droid-Life that the Droid Bionic launch, as well the XOOM’s 4G LTE update has been delayed.

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Instead of the original Droid Bionic, Motorola will now release a new improved and better spec’d Bionic in Q3,2011 .

The XOOM 4G LTE update has been delayed because of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It looks like the carrier wants to beef up its network, before the XOOM gets 4G LTE support.

For the people who were worried about the low sales figure of the XOOM, the company managed to sell more than 250,000 units.

Keeping in mind that the XOOM launched in the last week of February, and is still not available all over the world, 250k units is not bad at all!

Sprint To Launch Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi On May 8 For $599

Earlier this year, Motorola announced its first tablet device, the Motorola Xoom. It is the first tablet powered by the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) Operating System. Last month, Motorola released the Wi-Fi only version of this amazing tablet on Verizon. And now, Sprint joined the bandwagon and announced the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi for its customers in the US. This device will be available from Sprint beginning on Sunday, May 8th.

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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi features 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, Google Chrome bookmark sync and incognito mode, Android Market and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) playback, micro USB 2.0, Corporate Sync, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + HID, 32GB internal memory, SD card support, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Integrated GPS, up to 10 hour video playback and a 3250 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi comes with a price tag of $599.99 without any contract. This device will be available through Sprint Stores, Web sales, Telesales and Sprint Business Sales from May 8th. Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi allows you to read more than 3 million Google eBooks and access more than 150,000 useful applications, widgets and games from the Android Market.