Motorola’s Xoom tablet cleared following Apple patent attack

By on July 17, 2012 at 11:55 AM.

Motorola’s Xoom tablet cleared following Apple patent attack

Motorola Xoom Patent Lawsuit

A German court on Tuesday ruled that Motorola’s original Xoom tablet does not infringe upon a patent covering the design of Apple’s iPad, Fox Business reported. While the ruling favored Motorola, the court rejected the company’s claim that Apple’s design patent was invalid. The Cupertino-based company originally sued Motorola for allegedly infringing three iPad design patents and was seeking an injunction barring sales of the Motorola slate across Europe. The court ordered Apple to pay two-thirds of associated court fees and Motorola was instructed to pay the remaining third.  More →

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Motorola devices could be banned following loss in German patent spat with Apple

By on February 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM.

Motorola devices could be banned following loss in German patent spat with Apple

Apple on Thursday was granted an injunction on multiple Motorola devices that make use of its slide-to-unlock patent, FOSS Patents reports. The ruling came from Judge Peter Guntz of Munich’s Regional Court in Germany, and it allows Apple to enforce a permanent injunction against a number of Motorola’s Android devices at anytime. The court evaluated three different embodiments, two of which Apple won. The Cupertino-based company was unsuccessful on the third embodiment, which involved the Motorola XOOM. Both companies are expected to appeal the court’s ruling. More →

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Apple’s grip on tablet market said to be loosening as Android shipments tripled in Q4

By on January 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM.

Apple’s grip on tablet market said to be loosening as Android shipments tripled in Q4

Apple sold more iPads in the fourth calendar quarter than it has ever sold before in a single three-month period, but the 15.4 million tablets it managed to move weren’t enough to keep Google from gaining ground. Market research firm strategy analytics on Thursday released its tablet estimates for the three months ended December 2011, and Google’s Android partners seemingly managed to triple tablet shipments during the holiday quarter last year. Read on for more. More →

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iPad still on top as tablet competition heats up

By on January 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM.

iPad still on top as tablet competition heats up

Apple’s iPad is currently responsible for 15% of all mobile traffic according to new research published recently by Chitika. While the iPad’s lead in the tablet market is obvious, it’s becoming more clear there’s strong competition for market share below it. The Amazon Kindle Fire represented an average of 2.4 ad impressions on Chitikas network for every 100 iPad impressions, but RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook wasn’t far behind; it viewed an average of 1.8 ad impressions for every 100 iPad impressions on Chitika’s mobile ad network. That’s followed closely by the Samsung Galaxy with 1.6 ad impressions and the Motorola XOOM with 1.55 ad impressions. Chitika wasn’t clear which Samsung model was included in the study but we presume it was the Galaxy Tab 10.1. “Despite the iPad’s stronghold in the tablet market, other tablets are continuing to carve out and hold their own places – a trend that is continuing even past the expected gains that the holiday season brought,” Chitika said. “It has taken some time for other players to elbow their way in to the market, but with these tablets paving the way and the demand for tablets continuing to grow, perhaps the coming year will bring more opportunities for other players to enter the field and bring their own innovations to the table.” More →

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Secret Motorola XOOM project hints at Android 4.0 update

By on January 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM.

Secret Motorola XOOM project hints at Android 4.0 update

Motorola recently posted a message in its XOOM owners forums alerting customers that the company is working on a confidential project for the XOOM. Any owner of the Wi-Fi-only “Google Experience Device” version of the XOOM can choose to participate. What remains unknown, however, is what the “confidential project” exactly is. We doubt Motorola would spend too much time adding new features or making too many tweaks to the tablet now that a new model has launched, so we think it’s more likely that the company is working on a test version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola confirmed that in October that it plans to issue an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the XOOM, RAZR and DROID BIONIC. The full letter from Motorola follows after the break. More →

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Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

By on December 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Looking back at 2011: ‘The year of the tablet’ falls flat

Apple rocked the consumer electronics industry when it launched the “magical and revolutionary iPad” in April 2010. It wasn’t the first media tablet aimed at the consumer market by any means, but it was the first that consumers actually wanted. Following the iPad’s unveiling, Apple’s rivals scrambled to build tablets of their own and market research firms were quick to herald 2011 as “the year of the tablet.” More than 100 different tablets were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, the bulk employing Android to power their user experiences, and the year of the tablet was upon us. Read on for more. More →

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Motorola announces XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets

By on November 3, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

Motorola announces XOOM 2, XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets

Motorola on Thursday announced its new XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablets. The XOOM 2 runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and is equipped with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 10.1-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Motorola said the display, which has a special “splashguard” for added protection, is brighter and more vibrant than the screen used on the original XOOM. Motorola also pre-loaded the XOOM 2 with several enterprise apps in hopes of attracting the corporate market. The XOOM 2 Media Edition also runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb but is thinner, lighter, has a smaller 8.2-inch display. It also lacks the enterprise focus of the XOOM 2. Motorola said the tablets will be available in various retail outlets throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom in November but did not provide any details on a U.S. launch date. The company’s full press release follows after the break. More →

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Motorola XOOM Family Edition tablet to launch on October 16th for $379

By on October 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Motorola XOOM Family Edition tablet to launch on October 16th for $379

Motorola announced on Friday that it will begin to sell a new XOOM Family Edition Android tablet on October 16th for $379. The XOOM Family Edition is nearly identical to the original XOOM, but it comes preloaded with $40 worth of games and applications, such as Kid Zone, Asphalt 6, Sim City Deluxe and Quickoffice Pro HD. The XOOM Family Edition runs Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) and is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, a 10.1-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. Read on for the full press release from Motorola. More →

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Motorola and Verizon holding press event October 18th, smartphones and tablets inbound

By on October 10, 2011 at 10:05 AM.

Motorola and Verizon holding press event October 18th, smartphones and tablets inbound

Motorola has just sent out invitations to a press event with Verizon Wireless on October 18th in New York City, and if a variety of leaks over the past few weeks are accurate, we should see some awesome new hardware unveiled. There should be multiple updates to the Motorola XOOM tablet, a Motorola XOOM 2 and a XOOM 2 Media Edition, as well as a new Motorola DROID HD (Motorola DROID RAZR) — a set of next-generation devices that will get any Android fan worked up. We’ll be there covering it live, so make sure to tune in next Tuesday. Hit the break for a teaser video. More →

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Motorola DROID RAZR (Spyder), ATRIX 2, XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet leaked

By on September 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

Motorola DROID RAZR (Spyder), ATRIX 2, XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition tablet leaked

Motorola may have big plans for the holiday season, at least according to a few new leaks from This is my next. Official press shots of the AT&T ATRIX 2 and its brand new Laptop Dock 100 accessory were spilled recently, as were details on an unannounced Motorola Spyder smartphone and two models of the XOOM 2 tablet. Last week we published an exclusive first look at the ATRIX 2 and now several of the phone’s specs have supposedly been confirmed. It is equipped with a 4.3-inch display with a qHD resolution, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. Details on the Laptop Dock 100 are still slim but This is my next did report that it has a smaller 10.1-inch display. Hit the break for more. More →

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Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade begins next week

By on August 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade begins next week

Motorola has started to email XOOM customers to alert them that it will begin to upgrade the XOOM with support for 4G LTE next week. According to Droid-Life, Motorola will start with business and government customers during a “pilot program” first and then will begin updating XOOMs owned by the general public. Customers will need to file an upgrade request before Motorola mails a package containing a pre-paid FedEx box and instructional material. Motorola suggests backing up the data on your XOOM before sending it in and said the process should take approximately three business days. Read on for an image confirming the details.

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'Non-Apple' tablet makers forced to cut prices following weak sales

By on August 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM.

'Non-Apple' tablet makers forced to cut prices following weak sales

While Apple’s iPad continues on its warpath, other tablet makers are not finding it quite as easy to offload their Android and Windows slates — which is understandable, considering they’re doing it wrong. While Apple managed to ship 9.25 million iPads last quarter and some retailers are still having trouble keeping inventory in stock, other consumer tablet vendors are reportedly having a difficult time pushing their wares past retail channels and into the hands of end users. Even the success stories among tablet vendors are exhibiting less-than-stellar sell-through, with companies like ASUS, creator of the popular Eee Pad Transformer, said to have left nearly 30% of the 700,000 tablets it shipped between May and July on store shelves. As a result, tablet vendors like Samsung, Motorola and HP will be forced to lower their prices in an effort to bolster weak sales, DigiTimes reports. HP has already offered two limited-time sales on its TouchPad tablet since it launched just last month, and now the company has permanently shaved $100 from its tablet’s price tag. Motorola also recently lowered the price of its XOOM tablet, leaving the 32GB model priced evenly with Apple’s 16GB iPad. DigiTimes says its sources are anticipating two more waves of tablet price cuts this year, one in September and another approaching the holiday season. More →

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Apple sues Motorola, claims XOOM tablet is an iPad rip-off

By on August 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

Apple sues Motorola, claims XOOM tablet is an iPad rip-off

Apple’s claims that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet is a copycat device that infringes on Apple-owned patents have been widely reported. The Cupertino-based company has filed numerous patent complaints against Samsung, and it has even succeeded in temporarily blocking the sale of the 10-inch Honeycomb tablet across Europe and in Australia. Samsung isn’t the only tablet vendor in Apple’s sights, however, as Apple also recently filed a complaint against Motorola in Europe, FOSS Patents reports. The complaint alleges that the design of Motorola’s XOOM tablet copies Apple’s iPad tablets, just like the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple currently has multiple outstanding patent complaints against Motorola right now, and Motorola has issued multiple complaints against Apple as well. In total, 40 different patents are named in the various suits Apple and Motorola have filed against each other since October 2010. More →

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