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+++ Google launches Motorola Xoom as rival to Apple iPad +++

 
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+++ Google launches Motorola Xoom as rival to Apple iPad +++
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Re: +++ Google launches Motorola Xoom as rival to Apple iPad +++
Google launches Motorola Xoom as rival to Apple iPad
Google has launched its first tablet computer, marking the opening skirmishes in its battle with Apple’s popular iPad.
Google has launched its first tablet computer, marking the opening skirmishes in its battle with Apple?s popular iPad.

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The Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is displayed during a press event at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Photo: AP
Google has launched its first tablet computer, marking the opening skirmishes in its battle with Apple?s popular iPad.

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The Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet is displayed during a press event at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Photo: GETTY
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By Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor in Las Vegas 5:25PM GMT 06 Jan 2011

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The Motorola Xoom is the first device to feature the new operating system – known as "Honeycomb" – that Google has designed for touch-screen tablets.

The device, like the iPad, features a 10” screen which is completely touch sensitive.

It will go on sale in the first quarter of next year in America and follow shortly afterwards in Britain. Prices have not yet been disclosed.

Although full details of Honeycomb were not revealed during the unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it features a new maps programme that offers a full 3D look at major cities.

It also offers an email service that exploits the gadget's large tablet screen.


Google has previously allowed Samsung to make a smaller, 7” tablet, but the device used the same operating system as Google phones.

Shawn DuBravak, chief economist at the American Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), said he expected more than 100 new tablet computers to be launched at CES.

He added that 2011 would be “the year of the tablet”, but that not all the products unveiled at the show would actually make it to market. Mr Dubravac said a number of new products were struggling to provide users an businesses with specific reasons to buy them.

Research from the CEA indicated that 38 per cent of tablets were purchased because users wanted to own one, rather than for an identified purpose.

Although Apple makes all its software and hardware, Google has taken an "open source" approach by developing an operating system called which it allows manufacturers to put on their own devices – like the Motorola Xoom.

* Samsung has also unveiled a prototype full colour, touch sensitive display screen that can be rolled up. At 0.3mm thick, the screen could be used on clothing and mobile phones, although it is thought to be five years from mainstream production





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