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.
After playing with the Xoom, we got to spend some hands-on time with Motorola’s new Atrix 4G smartphone. It’s an interesting device because you can plug it directly into an ultra-thin laptop chassis and maintain complete control over your phone with a keyboard and mouse. It also is capable of docking directly into a big-screen TV with a second dock. It looks a little clunky, but in our mind, this is a nice step forward for smartphone-desktop integration.
New news emerges from the tablet-fiasco that is CES, as Motorola took some time out of their day to give our Editorial Director Jon Phillips a first look at their new 10.1' Android tablet.
The sleek device, which was designed using the new Honeycomb OS (Android 3.0), will feature a Tegra 2 SOC dual core processor, and will be HTML 5 and Adobe Flash 10.2 ready right out of the box. The Xoom will also feature a 2MP camera up front (for video chatting, no doubt) and a 5MP rear camera with a dual LED flash built in. Don't take our word for it though, take a look at the video straight off the CES showroom below.
At AT&T’s Developer Summit, the company, in conjunction with Motorola and Nvidia, announced an intriguing new 4G phone that combines higher data rates with some intriguing new docking properties.
Formerly code-named Project Denver, the new phone is named the Atrix 4G and sports nVidia’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, a 4-inch screen, 1GB of system memory and 16GB of storage (expandable to 32GB).
The so-called “superphone” (AT&T’s phrasing, not ours) runs Android 2.2 and features two docking systems that allow it to function as 1) a home theater media server and 2) an almost fully-functioning laptop.
We’ll have more information on this phone as we get hands-on time with at CES tomorrow.
Motorola has been quietly gathering trademarks the world over for the name "Zoom", PocketNow is reporting. It is believed this will be the branding for Motorola's upcoming Android tablet. The hardware maker has been making the claims since mid-October. This is significant seeing as Motorola does not tend to file worldwide trademarks often. For example, this is the only mark filed for in New Zealand this year, and only 48 have been filed in the US in 2010.
Filing for this same trademark in so many countries indicates Motorola will be pushing this device hard, probably with the backing of Google. The speculation that this is a tablet comes from the explanation of product categories the trademark would cover: "mobile computers and related accessories". This probably does not mean Xoom is just another phone.
Observers think that a CES unveiling could be just around the corner. But if this really is the Mystical Android Honeycomb tablet, we probably won't be able to buy one until Spring. Do you think Xoom is Moto's tablet?
The International Trade Commission in Washington is investigating a complaint by Motorola against Microsoft and will decide whether or not to ban imports of the Xbox 360 game console, Bloomberg reports.
We'd be shocked if the two sides didn't come to some sort of agreement to prevent that from happening, and this looks like a whole lot of legal posturing to us, but the fact that the dispute between these two companies has gone this far is troubling.
It all started when Microsoft filed a lawsuit in early November accusing Motorola of shenanigans with its patents used in the Xbox 360. According to Microsoft, Motorola breached contractual obligations made to standards organizations for "reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions" for patents dealing with wireless and video-encoding technologies. Microsoft described the patent royalties as "wholly disproportionate to the royalty rate that its patents should command under any reasonable calculus."
Motorola quickly fired back with a lawsuit of its own, claiming its demand was a "fair offer" and Microsoft should quit bellyaching.
It's nowt the ITC's job to investigate the dispute, and it has the power to ban imports of products found to infringe on US patents.
Motorola may have messed with a man from Texas when the company's Droid 2 smartphone allegedly exploded while he was talking on the device, Fox News in Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
"I heard a pop. I didn't feel any pain initially. I pulled the phone down. I felt something dripping," says Aron Embry, who claims he was injured by a Droid 2 device. "I realized that it was probably blood. I went into the house and as I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward."
Embry's tussle with a Droid 2 ended with both sides sustaining injuries. The Droid 2 left Embry with a bloodied ear that required stitches and a four-hour emergency room visit, while the Droid 2 now has a cracked screen. Both survived the incident.
A local cell phone dealer and repairman is calling shenanigans on the whole ordeal.
"The Droids are fantastic devices. It's all just a matter of how you care for the device," says Daniel Harrison, who says he's been in the cell phone business for a decade. "But it looks to me like it wasn't something that was just a manufacture defect. It looks like it was actually user caused."
Motorola said it will reach out to Embry and investigate the attack. In the meantime, we're again reminded why Old Glory Insurance makes a lot of sense.
In case you haven't noticed, this whole mobile computing thing is really taking off. So much so that Motorola is cutting off its mobile arm to see if it can grow on its own. Beginning January 4th, this new standalone division will be known as Motorola Mobility.
"Today's announcement marks another important milestone toward the upcoming separation that is expected to benefit Motorola, its stockholders, as well as each company's respective customers and employees. We look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities before us as we begin the new year as two independent, publicly traded companies," said Sanjay Jha, Motorola co-CEO and CEO of Motorola Mobility.
Motorola has been planning this split for at least a few months. Back in June, The Wall Street Journalsaid Motorola would funnel some $3 billion to $4 billion into its struggling cell phone business "when it splits off into a separate company next year." Motorola didn't say if it plans to infuse the new venture with cash, but did detail the distribution of stock. Motorola stockholders will receive 1 share of Motorola Mobility common stock for every share of Motorola common stock they own.
According to a tweet from Mobile-Review, Motorola is working with Google on the release of Android 3.0 on a tablet device called the MOTOPAD. Mobile-Review is the home of mobile authority Eldar Murtazin, who tends to have a line on these sorts of things. The tablet would be a 7-inch unit, and would presumably be the only one with early access to the tablet optimized version of the operating system.
This wouldn't be the first time Google has turned to Motorola to launch a new version of the mobile operating system. About a year ago, Android 2.0 debuted on the Droid bringing a number of new features including CDMA support and higher screen resolution. We can't say for sure that this is real, or when it would show up if it was, but it's about time Google got in the tablet game officially.