Apple’s snub of Adobe Flash has had no impact on the latter’s popularity among other smartphone and tablet vendors. If anything, it has probably whetted their appetite for the Flash Player. According to Adobe, at the end of 2010 there were more than 20 million smartphones with Flash 10.1 - the first truly mobile-optimized version of the software. But if you think that’s impressive, then get ready for the bigger, more impressive numbers that await you after the jump.
The Samsung Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus 3D and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play grabbed the big headlines at Mobile World Congress 2011. If you thought CES was fun, the annual Barcelona event will have had early adopters reaching for their wallets and breathlessly hunting for preorder opportunities. Hit the jump for a quick take on news, pending announcements from the major handset providers, and a brief analysis of what it all means for you.
Motorola and Android have thrived in each other’s company ever since the Droid happened. Both Google and Motorola are probably banking on that tried and tested partnership to pay off once again, this time in the tablet market. A lot of people believe an attractive price would go a long way to ensuring the success of the Motorola Xoom. So how much will you need to pay for the upcoming Android Honeycomb-running tablet?
You may have heard that Motorola has nabbed a Super Bowl ads pot for the upcoming Xoom tablet. The content of the ad was a mystery, but now Moto has sent Engadget a 15 second clip of the full ad. It's a little bit high concept, and a little bit a direct shot at Apple. So what did we see?
Until Motorola speaks up and announces an official launch date, we're left to the mercy of Internet leaks, reports, and rumors as to when the company's Xoom tablet will see the light of day. One of Engadget's tipsters, for example, had the Xoom pegged for a February 17, 2011 release date and the Internet ran with it. Courtesy of a Facebook post by Best Buy's Grand Rapids South's store, it now looks like the launch date will come one week later.
The Motorola Atrix 4G was one of the darlings of CES 2011. This smartphone is capable of docking with a laptop shell to power a web-top experience with a full version of embedded Firefox. There is also a simple media dock with HDMI out that can put the same interface up on a screen. Launch and pricing details have been made available for this handset, and the cost is going to be steep if you want all the goodies. A bundle that includes the phone and laptop dock (and 2-year contract) will cost $499. The laptop shell by itself will run $499, so if you get the bundle, the phone is essentially free.
Customers will be able to get the media dock kit for $189. This includes a bluetooth keyboard, mouse, and remote control in addition to the dock. All this can be preordered on February 13, and picked up from your local store on March 6th. In addition to all the accessories, the Atrix is pacing a Tegra 2 dual core processor, HSPA+ data, and a 4-inch qHD screen.
Depending on who you ask, Motorola's Xoom tablet currently ranks as the most anticipated slate of 2011, primarily because it's supposed to be the first to sport Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform. According to DigiTimes, Motorola will launch the Xoom sometime this month (a leaked Best Buy document suggests a February 17th release), while most other Android 3.0 tablets won't see the light of day until after March.
That's great news for everyone who resisted giving into the Dark Side by picking up an iPad. Early Android tablets never really lived up to the hype, but Honeycomb is the first version to be built from the ground up with tablets in mind. What little Google has shown of its next generation OS looks highly promising; let's hope Motorola makes good use of it.
To say that CES 2011 was tablet mania would be a bit of an understatement. In fact, it would probably take us less time to list off the companies that weren’t showing off an Android powered slate, but even in a crowd the Motorola Xoom stood apart. While the competition was stuck running video of pre-rendered Honeycomb screens, Motorola was bragging about its limited exclusive, announcing they would be the first to market with Google’s new tablet optimized OS. Q1 2011 was the only word they would give at the time, but according to an Engadget tipster the hard launch is now set for February 17th at a Best Buy near you.
In addition to being the first tablet to offer Honeycomb, Engadget has also confirmed that the first shipping models will come with 32GB of onboard storage and will be priced at $699. That’s a pretty good bargain when you consider it is also packing a dual core Tegra 2, and features support for Flash 10.2 right out of the box. If you’re looking for an iPad alternative things are finally starting to look up, but if the price sounds just a bit too steep, try to hang in there until Q3/Q4. By then there will be so many Android tablets on the market they will probably give them away in the mail along with samples of Tide.
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet Motorola unveiled last week at CES 2011 in Las Vegas is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2011. Xoom, as the upcoming tablet is called, not only grabbed quite a few eyeballs but was also adjudged the best gadget at the official Best of CES awards and best tablet at Maximum Tech’s FTW awards. The initial buzz certainly must be heartening for Motorola.
Thanks to Digitimes’ sources at “upstream component makers,” we can actually quantify Motorola’s initial sales expectations. According to the site’s sources, the mobile device maker has already placed orders for around 700,000-800,000 units, with every possibility of the eventual order for the first quarter touching the one million units mark.
Some of the first tablets built around Google's much anticipated Android "Honeycomb" platform will likely come from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes says the search giant is giving priority to these three companies for cooperation to develop slates around the first version of Android intended specifically for tablet computing.
Honeycomb was built from the ground up for tablets, and from what we've seen, it definitely shows. Google posted a teaser video this week of Honeycomb in action, and while it's still Android, it's Android like you've never seen it before.
Being one of the first out the door with a Honeycomb tablet could prove a major advantage, and a major disadvantage for those left waiting in the wings. DigiTimes says Compal Electronics "tried in vain to cooperate with Google" on a Honeycomb tablet for 2010, but Google instead has given priority to handset makers.