Motorola tablet

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  1. crspang

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    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1726348/motorola-release-tablet-tv

    Has anyone else seen a report about this? It sounds intriguing!

    Quoted from article:
    PHONE MAKER Motorola plans to release a tablet that will let users watch television.
    The device will have a 10-inch screen and run Google's Android operating system. It could be in US shops by Autumn.
    It seems Motorola's cunning plan is to tie the tablet closely to Verizon's FIOS digital pay-television service.
    According to the Financial Times, the tablet market is seen as the next battleground in the mobile devices marketing contest that has pit myriad device makers and Microsoft, Google and Research in Motion against Apple.
    However the TV idea is new and and could help other device makers compete against the Ipad.
    After all there has to be something a tablet is good for other than presenting restaurant menus or composing shopping lists in the dark.
    Apparently the reason that the Ipad does not have a television service was because Steve Jobs contacted TV programmers and told them how much they could pay him for delivering the service. When they stopped laughing and told him to go forth and multiply, the Ipad never got TV because that would have meant Steve Jobs having to negotiate rather than dictate.
    Motorola's device will also fix some other weaknesses in the Ipad caused by Jobs's arrogant obstinacy. It will support Adobe Flash, the software that delivers some 90 per cent of web videos.
    It will also be thinner and lighter than the Ipad and will let users share its wireless data connection with nearby devices.
    It will also have two cameras, one for taking photos and the other facing the user for video conferencing.
    And it will let users watch TV.
     
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    I feel like a fanboy for wanting it without knowing anything about it
     
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    also found this:
    Motorola, Verizon Working on Android TV Tablet - Desktops and Notebooks from eWeek

    Motorola and Verizon Wireless are building a tablet computer based on Google's Android operating system for TV consumption, according to the Financial Times. The WiFi device will have a 10-inch screen gadget and Flash 10 support.


    Motorola and Verizon Wireless are teaming up to build a tablet computer based on Google's Android operating system for TV consumption.

    The companies, which have enjoyed a fruitful relationship building and selling the Android-powered Droid line of smartphones, are gunning for Apple's iPad.

    The iPad sold more than 3 million units in its first three weeks, cementing the tablet as a viable alternative or addition to PCs and laptops among consumers.

    A spokesperson for Motorola told eWEEK the phone maker would not comment on rumor or speculation. Verizon did not respond to questions seeking comment.

    The Financial Times said the Motorola and Verizon tablet is a media-oriented WiFi device with a 10-inch screen that will let users watch TV when it appears in the U.S. this fall. Unlike the iPad, the mobile gadget will support Flash 10.

    The tablet would deliver content from Verizon's FIOS digital TV service for which Motorola already provides set-top boxes. IMS Research believes media-oriented tablets powered by such digital TV services will be popular in the home.

    The device would also sport one camera for taking pictures and one camera for video conferencing.

    This isn't the first time talk of an Android tablet coming from Verizon has been bandied about.

    Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed in May Google and Verizon were working on a tablet together.

    But neither company makes hardware so some sort of manufacturer need be involved. Cue Motorola: Could this device be one and the same?

    It's unclear, but Android is gaining momentum versus Apple's iPhone. In the past 6 months, Android phone subscribers grew 27 percent compared to 23 percent for Apple's iPhone.

    Android tablets are flirting with the market, too. Dell's Streak is ready to launch in the U.S., while Lenovo, Samsung, HP and others are all building tablets based on Android.