In the past, the likes of Wall Street Journal and others have claimed that both Apple and Samsung are working on 12-inch and 13-inch tablets with a view to bringing them to market in 2014, and that speculation has now ramped up a notch following the latest news on the grapevine.
Citing unidentified sources, Chinese media report that Apple may already be testing the much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad with partner Foxconn, although this is not in itself an unusual practise. After all, Apple regularly tests numerous different display sizes and doesn’t bring of all them to market.
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The American Lawyer reports that the two companies have come to a confidential agreement which will see Motorola “eventually phase out” its Xoom tablet brand.
Motorola first introduced the Xoom brand to the world at CES in 2010 where it announced the first Xoom tablet, a 10-inch slate running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). This was the first Android operating system optimized for tablets.
The firm subsequently released the Xoom 2 and Xoom X Media Edition in late 2011 but has not yet returned to the tablet market.
In a recent blog post, the company said that the hybrid XO Tablet will launch at Walmart on July 16 before coming to other retailers in the U.S., Europe and in North and South America at a later date.
OLPC’s mission is to get affordable tablets in the hands of young children in developing countries, but that program has been somewhat stunted by delays in the past.
Prototype models turned up at CES 2011 and 2012 but, on announcing the latest model at this year’s show, there was at least the promise that an OLPC tablet would at last reach retailers later on in 2013.
The XO Tablet is believed to have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, 8GB of memory, [...]