Motorola XOOM review

By on February 23, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Motorola XOOM review

The Motorola XOOM isn’t the first Android tablet, but in a way it kind of is the first Android tablet. It runs Google’s latest OS designed exclusively for tablets, and the difference between Honeycomb and earlier versions of Android on a tablet is night and day. The XOOM is a beautiful 10.1-inch device powered a dual-core processor, dual cameras, loads of memory, and it’ll soon be 4G-capable on the nation’s most reliable network — who could ask for more? I’ve been testing the Motorola XOOM for a few days, and I’ve definitely put this sleek new slate through the paces. Hit the jump for BGR’s full review.

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Motorola XOOM tablet announced

By on January 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM.

Motorola XOOM tablet announced

Motorola Mobility on Wednesday announced the tablet countless Android fans have been waiting for. The Motorola XOOM is a 10.1-inch full touchscreen device with specs that look like they’ll line up pretty well with the rest of the Android slates we’ll be seeing at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Highlights include:

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 10.1-inch widescreen HD display
  • Dual-core 1GHz processor
  • Full 1080p HD support with HDMI-out port
  • 5-megapixel rear camera with 720p video capture
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat
  • Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity (Verizon Wireless)
  • 4G LTE compatibility with external modem attachment
  • Available Bluetooth keyboard and dock accessories

The Motorola XOOM tablet will launch in the first quarter of 2011 in the U.S. Pricing has not yet been disclosed. Hit the break for Motorola’s full press release. More →

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AT&T details 4G plans [updated]

By on January 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM.

AT&T details 4G plans [updated]

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega gave a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. The focus was undoubtedly 4G — as we reported earlier today — and de la Vega was joined by Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha, HTC CEO Peter Chou and Samsung CEO J. K. Shin to show off exciting upcoming devices. Here are some highlights:

  • AT&T is accelerating its LTE deployment — it will launch LTE later this year and complete its deployment by 2013
  • AT&T HSPA+ provides “4G speeds,” and is already deployed to nearly 100% of AT&T’s network
  • 20 new 4G devices will be introduced this year including modems, mobile hotspots and phones
  • De la Vega included Apple in his list of manufacturers set to launch “4G” devices this year [updated]
  • Motorola ATRIX 4G launches this year: 4G LTE, Android OS, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1930 mAh battery, 10.9mm thick, HTML5 support
  • The ATRIX 4G has a laptop dock that basically turns the phone into a full notebook-sized smartbook — very weird, very intriguing — and a home entertainment dock
  • HTC Inspire 4G: new HTC Sense UI, HTCSense.com support, 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2 OS, physical location awareness (phone rings louder when in a pocket or bag, then quiets when taken out), HTML5 support
  • Samsung Infuse 4G: AT&T’s thinnest smartphone, 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.2 OS, 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing camera for video chat, HTML 5 support
  • AT&T’s first “4G” tablet will come soon from Motorola: dual core Tegra 2, 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • First LTE tablets coming this year
  • 12 new Android devices coming this year
  • BlackBerry Torch sales have been strong and Windows Phone 7 sales have increased steadily since its launch

In terms of timing for those great new 4G smartphones mention above, five to seven HSPA+ devices will be introduced in the first half of this year, and the Motorola ATRIX 4G, HTC Infuse 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G will be among them. Hit the break for AT&T’s full press release related to today’s announcements.

UPDATE: Well, AT&T’s ridiculous decision to call both HSPA+ and LTE “4G”is already causing problems — AT&T contacted us to let us know that no iPhone-related LTE announcements were made. Apparently the “4G” mentioned alongside de la Vega’s mention of Apple did not refer to LTE “4G”.
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Motorola MOTOPAD to usher in Android 3.0

By on November 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM.

Motorola MOTOPAD to usher in Android 3.0

Just as Motorola helped Google usher in Android 2.0 with the DROID, the reborn gadgeteer is now seemingly charged with a similar task for Android 3.0. Details for the time being are remarkably slim, but Mobile-Review.com — home of trusted insider Eldar Murtazin — reports that Motorola has been chosen to unveil the upcoming tablet-friendly version of Google’s OS. The device on which Android 3.0 will be revealed is said to have been dubbed MOTOPAD, which is certainly believable albeit remarkably uninspired. The only other detail provided for now is the claim that Motorola’s upcoming Android 3.0 tablet will be a 7-inch offering. More →

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