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.
Engadget saw the 10.1-inch tablet at the show, and reported that while full specifications were unavailable at the time, the model does come with dual-facing cameras, connections for microSD and micro USB and boasts a metallic finish.
The tablet, which was also on show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February, is expected to debut at some point in October or November, with the latter perhaps more likely given the first Windows 8 tablets are to arrive on October 26.
Price details were not discussed at the show, although the Q4 availability would certainly tie-in with Fujitsu's previously exposed roadmap.
A rugged, waterproof Windows 8 tablet [...]
Speaking at Motorola and Verizon Wireless’s Droid event earlier this week, Google chairman Schmidt said that 1.3 million Android devices are ‘activated’ each day, but revealed this figure stands at just 70,000 for Android-powered tablets. Schmidt himself admitted that Google was “late” in coming to the tablet market.
We’re not quite sure if an activation is a new purchase or when a new device hits a data network for the first time, but either way this would indicate that tablets account for around 5% of all Android activations.
Meanwhile, in the same week, Google also posted the latest figures on Android penetration via its Android [...]
The company launched a similar offering for Android tablets (running Honeycomb or a later version of Android) back in April, with the firm’s 39 tablet magazines including well-regarded titles like Esquire, The New Yorker, TIME and Wired.
This latest announcement is certainly a further boost for the future of tablet-based magazines, but may also throw up some competition for Apple’s Newsstand.
And while Newsstand holds more magazines and newspapers, as well as lets users download the latest issues in the background while reading, Next Issue’s app has some sound tools of its own. There’s the ability to delete or keep older magazines, and users can [...]
The new sculpture joins a Google garden full of similar designs for Android operating systems like Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb, as well as bygone versions Cupcake, Donut and Éclair.
The move would seemingly confirm that the new codename will be the next version of Android, and although questions remain over what version of Android Jelly Bean will be, recent rumors point to Android 4.1 as the most likely version.
The new OS is expected to run on Google’s first own-brand tablet, which looks set to tip up at Google’s I/O developer conference this week.
With the tablet potentially just a few hours away, reports continue to do the rounds on what [...]
In a company blog post, Taiwanese player HTC revealed that the 7-inch Flyer and EVO View 4G tablets, as well as the 10.1-inch Jetstream, will not upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), with all three to stick with Honeycomb (Android 3.0). The company decided against explaining the decision.
Google’s latest purchase, Motorola, has had no such qualms however, and recently admitted that some of its mobile devices will not be upgrading to the latest iteration of Android.
“You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for [...]
According to The Wall Street Journal, the first of these devices will come to market from the end of November, and all five will be preloaded with the Jelly Bean operating system (Android 5.0). Despite the claims, it is not yet known what sizes these products will be, or how many of the five will be tablets.
Google has a history of launching its latest operating system on just one leading smartphone or tablet, and employed this strategy when unveiling both Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and Honeycomb (Android 3.0). Towards the end of 2011, Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and did the same with Honeycomb – the first OS optimized for [...]
Without an iPad to beef up their tablet line, Sprint has to go in another direction. In this case, they're hoping that smaller will be better, at least for some people. At 7.6 x 4.7 inches, the Optik by ZTE is a compact tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Picking up the Optik, it feels solid in your hand. The black and gray case has rounded corners, and two rubberized grips on the back. The Optik features a seven-inch WXGA 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive-touch display.
When using the Optik in landscape orientation, the grips are a nice design element. I just wish the camera lens wasn't embedded in the exact spot where my finger rests. It complicates [...]
VR-Zone’s Chinese-language website says that the next chip design will be known as the Cortex A15, will be made by ARM, and will run on both smartphones and tablets. Sources add that the quad-core design will be labelled Tegra ‘4-Plus-1’ because it will have a fifth core for less-demanding tasks.
VR-Zone says that a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 quad-core chipset could turn up in a “10-inch device” (ie tablet) in the first quarter of next year, with other models coming to market in Q3. Three of these chips will sport the A15 design and promise clock speeds of up to 2.0GHz, while the fourth model will bear an A9 design with LTE connectivity. This model will come [...]
The developer site, xda-developers.com has posted an Android theme that looks very similar to the tile-oriented Metro user interface Microsoft’s developed for Windows 8 tablets. Tip of the hat to The Verge for spotting it earlier today.
The Android software, shown running on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, is still in beta, but is designed to work with the Honeycomb version of Android as well as the newer Ice Cream Sandwich release. The release, by xda-developer member BroBot175, currently supports the Galaxy Tab 10.1, though support for other Android tablets is planned.
To be clear, this has nothing to do with running Windows 8 [...]