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The Motorola Xoom tablet has been met with plenty of hype, and perhaps rightfully so since it is the first tablet to ship with Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb), the first version of Android designed specifically for tablets. Although there are a number of tablets slated to hit the market this year, Motorola has the benefit of being the first company to actually ship a tablet running on Honeycomb. The Xoom also has some powerful specs that are sure to attract attention, including a dual-core processor, a 10.1-inch widescreen display, 32GB of onboard storage, and front- and rear-facing cameras. Honeycomb... Read more...
Previously, we told you that analysts were expecting Motorola to report weak sales of its new Xoom tablet.  Now, the official numbers are out, and they're not as bad as some analysts predicted. In fact, during its first-quarter earnings report, Motorola said it shipped 250,000 Xoom tablets in the first month the device was available. The tablet, which was the first to ship with Google's Android Honeycomb OS, went on sale in late February. Although Motorola's sales numbers may not compare to Apple's initial numbers when shipping the iPad, the sales numbers for the Xoom are respectable. Over... Read more...
No real surprises here, but the Motorola Xoom will soon have a second U.S. carrier to call home. Sprint has this week announced that they'll also be stocking the world's first Honeycomb tablet, but instead of having 3G / 4G support, it'll sell the Wi-Fi only model. The specs remains the same otherwise: there's a 10.1" display, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Android Market access and an HDMI port. But rather than having WWAN capabilities (and the data agreement to go with it), this one's going Wi-Fi only. The cost? $599.99 for the 32GB model. It'll ship on May 8th to all... Read more...
If you believed the pre-release hype, Motorola's Xoom was supposed to dash into the market and slay the iPad, ending Apple's tablet reign and ushering in a new era ruled by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. It all sounded like a solid plan, with Honeycomb being the first version of Android built from the ground up for tablets, but then something happened: the Xoom shipped. Perhaps equally important, so did the iPad 2, which boasted a faster processor, better graphics, more memory, a pair of cameras (albeit crappy ones), and a thinner and lighter profile. Meanwhile, Motorola's Xoom tablet... Read more...
Only a few months ago, Honeycomb (Android 3.0) was a much-hyped fundamental improvement over previous Android releases like FroYo or Gingerbread. Thus far it's been mostly sizzle, rather than steak. Reviews of Motorola's Xoom often discuss persistent software bugs that are almost certainly caused by the half-baked Honeycomb rather than by the Xoom's hardware. This is a significant development for Android; the problems of previous iterations have generally been papered over by enthusiasm for the OS and the promise of upcoming superior flavors. Google's response, at least for now, has been to keep... Read more...
Motorola has finally given the official word on the Wi-Fi only version of its Xoom tablet. In an announcement today, the company let us know that the Wi-Fi only Xoom will launch on March 27 for $599. If you're interested, you'll have plenty of store options to choose from, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Staples, and Walmart. Of course, this version of the tablet won't have 3G or 4G radios, but the other hardware on the tablet will be the same— 32GB of memory, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM.... Read more...
When Steve Jobs launched the iPad 2 recently, he was even more close-mouthed about its enhancements than usual. With NVIDIA's Tegra 2 starting to ship en masse and tablets on the hot seat for 2011, there's a tremendous amount of interest in the iPad 2's nuts and bolts. Much of that interest has focused on the tablet's new A5 processor and upgrading GPU; detailed information is beginning to emerge. While it's too early in the year to know for certain, it looks as though Samsung's pessimistic evaluation of its new Galaxy tablet might be right on target. Breaking Down the iPad 2 The A5 that powers... Read more...
With the launch of the iPad 2, the roar for having Flash on mobile devices seems to be weakening. It was viewed as a major pitfall for the first iPad, but things are a bit different now. For one, there are a lot of Android devices already on the market that support Flash viewing, and also, a lot of websites have switched to HTML5 for video viewing, enabling even iOS devices to view web video. But there's no question about Adobe's reach, and there's no question that having Flash support is a deal-maker for some. At any rate, Adobe has today announced that Flash Player 10.2 will be available for... Read more...
There's been some concern that rooted Xooms would not be eligible for the free LTE upgrade that will come later this year. Motorola has taken to its support forums to clear up the matter. Xooms that hve been rooted will be eligible for the upgrade, with caveats. It's not a blessing by any means, and we know that Motorola is famous for its locked bootloaders. Those prevent custom ROMs, but not rooting. One of the caveats is that Motorola asks that the Xoom be returned to its factory installed ROM state, before shipping it for the upgrade. After all, they say, they can't guarantee that the software... Read more...
Who would have thought that Apple's trump card in the emerging tablet war would be price? Starting this Friday, you'll be able to pick up an iPad 2 starting at $500, and if you simply can't wait, Apple's getting rid of existing iPad 1 stock starting at $400. By comparison, you'll have to fork over $600 for Motorola's Wi-Fi only Xoom tablet, which also happens to be the first slate built around Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. Advantage, Apple? Not so fast. Word on the Web is that Sam's Club plans to sell the Xoom for $539. That's $60 lower than what Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said it would... Read more...
A filmmaker is claiming that Motorola's Xoom Super Bowl ad is "an identical concept" to a short film of his. Whether or not he takes it any further is unclear, but you can judge the "similarities" yourself with both of the videos embedded below. The film, called "Do Not Disconnect," has a few similarities. Indeed, in both films Apple earbuds are pre-eminent. Additionally, there was a man wearing a hoodie, but it wasn't white (in the Motorola commercial everyone except the one Xoom user was wearing white hoodies and Apple earbuds). However, that's hardly an "indentical concept." Filmmaker Mike Sarrow... Read more...
Short of an official announcement, the most convincing proof that Motorola's Xoom tablet will launch on February 24th, 2011 (and not February 17th, 2011 as earlier reports indicated) is a Best Buy ad that's been floating around the Web. According to the ad, we're about two-and-a-half weeks away from launch, which gives you time to start saving. Good thing too, because the Xoom is going to cost $800. That seems high to us, though we suppose that's the luxury (for Motorola) of being first out the gate with a tablet built around Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. For those who want to sign... Read more...
Looks like we have some compelling evidence that the Motorola Xoom will launch on February 24, as multiple rumors have claimed. This Best Buy ad image says that the first Android tablet to carry the tablet-optimized Honeycomb (Android 3.0) OS will be "available in-store on February 24." That's pretty good evidence. The ad also confirms the pricing to be $799.99, which is bound to bring groans to the mouths of many. While an Apples-to-Apples comparison (no pun intended) of the Xoom vs. an iPad, and not the lowest-priced wi-fi only iPad but one that at least has 3G and the same storage space shows... Read more...
For the better part of the second half of 2010 there's been plenty of hype surrounding the emerging tablet market, but few actual product releases. As 2011 slowly gets underway, things are starting to look different already. CES was bustling with working tablets, Android 3.0 is just around the corner, HP is expected to launch its webOS-based Topaz slate next month, and according to a leaked Best Buy database screenshot, Motorola is planning to launch its Android-based Xoom tablet on February 17th. Engadget got its paws on the internal document, which shows an in-stock date of February 16th. That's... Read more...
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