The first tablet to run Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Friday 07 January 2011
Motorola Mobility, Inc.'s XOOM tablet is the first tablet to run on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system (OS) - a platform specifically designed for tablets.
"Light, powerful and fundamentally different than anything else on the market, Motorola XOOM leverages the very best technology available today to redefine what a tablet experience can be," said Bill Ogle, chief marketing officer of Motorola Mobility in a January 5 press release.
"The first device to feature software designed specifically for tablets, Motorola XOOM goes everywhere you do and delivers everything you need."
The latest version of Google's software provides tablet users with more intuitive touchscreen features, new 3D experiences, tabbed web browsing, and video and voice chat via Google Talk.
"We've spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and we've developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface" announced Google's VP of Engineering, Andy Rubin in a January 5 blog post.
The Motorola XOOM tablet comes with a dual core processor, a 10.1 inch widescreen 1280 x 800 HD display, a front-facing 2MP camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, and support for 1080p HD video, HDMI output and Adobe Flash.
The XOOM also has a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting features.
LG is also putting the final touches on it's first Honeycomb-powered tablet, the G-slate. The G-Slate will be the company's first 4G Android 3.0-powered slate and is set to hit stores "in the coming months" but as for any other details, both LG and American network provider T-Mobile are tight-lipped.
A 3G/WiFi version of the Motorola XOOM will start shipping in the first quarter of 2011. A 4G LTE upgrade will be available in Q2. No prices have been announced.
Motorola is showing off the XOOM at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 6 to 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The tablet is joined by a torrent of new devices including ASUS' Eee Slate EP12, Lenovo's LePad, and Panasonic's VIERA tablet.
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