January 6, 2011 by USA Post
Verizon, (AFP) – U.S. telecommunications manufacturer Motorola Mobility jumped into the tablet PC market with a lively touch screen device powered by “Honeycomb,” the latest version of the Android software from Google.
Sanjay Jha, Motorola’s director general of mobility, has also introduced three new touchscreen Android smartphones to reporters on the eve of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Motorola Mobility tablet computer hotly awaited “Xoom,” will be available in the first quarter of the year, Jha said.
With 10.1 inches (25.6 centimeters) screen, Xoom is about the same size as Apple iPad, which hit stores in April and has other leading technology companies in the world struggling to catch up.
More than 100 companies are expected to unveil tablet PCs at CES, which officially opens its doors on Thursday and includes more than 2,600 exhibitors of the latest gadgets.
Jha said the Xoom would be the first tablet computer in the bins with Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, an operating system developed with tablets in mind instead of smartphones.
“It was designed entirely for the tablet, the user interface, interacting whole,” said Jha. “It has a capacity multi-tasking.”
“All these things, I think, provide an experience that Android 3.0 are on our shelves without doubt in my opinion, the most competitive product on the market,” he said.
Jha pointed out several characteristics of Xoom that IPAD does not, including in front of cameras and rear facing and the ability to play Adobe Flash video, which is banned from the Apple device.
He said that Xoom first to arrive on the market would feature 3G connectivity to the Internet via U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless. Xoom a 4G released later this year and 3G versions can be upgraded to 4G.
Jha has also unveiled three new smart phones, Atrix 4G, available from the U.S. telecommunications giant AT & T in the first quarter of the year, Cliq 2 and Bionic Droid.
A dock for 4G mobile Atrix allows a user to connect the phone to a computer screen and surf the Web using a full desktop browser Firefox.
The Cliq 2, available through Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA from January 19, features a slide-out keyboard and has been described as a device with “Business-Ready features and entertainment options solid. ”
The Bionic Droid, which will be available in the second quarter of the year, is designed specifically for the 4G network Verizon, which was launched in December and now covers about one third of the U.S. population.
It offers mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G and, for example, allows high quality streaming television.
CEO Jha deployed the new products within a day after the split Illinois-based Motorola into two companies, Motorola and Mobility Solutions, Motorola.
Motorola Mobility will focus on mobility, the markets for Internet and computer while Motorola Solutions target the next generation of communications solutions to customers in government, public safety and enterprise.
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