Meet the Motorola XOOM: the first Android 3 "Honeycomb" tablet

Motorola has announced the first Android 3 "Honeycomb" tablet this afternoon at the world's biggest consumer electronics show, CES 2011.

The tablet, the first to run Google's latest Android update dubbed "Honeycomb" which focuses on bringing Android to the tablet, will be called the Motorola XOOM and features a 10.1" screen, has a dual-core processor and is 4G LTE upgradable. It's expected to be shown any minute at the company's CES 2011 press event, with a press release leaking before the event.

The release also reveals that the company has partnered with companies including Adobe, WeatherBug, QuickOffice and publishing giant Conde Nast to create applications for the tablet, whose large screen provides an all-new way to view Android applications which are traditionally targeted towards mobile phones with smaller screens.

"Conde Nast is excited to utilize the advanced form factor of the Motorola XOOM to bring our popular magazines to readers,” Charles Townsend, CEO of Conde Nast said in a statement. “In addition, our all access everywhere model means that our subscribers, in addition to their XOOM, can also enjoy content from the web or in print."

Adobe meanwhile has confirmed the device will support Adobe Flash -- a key criticism against rivals such as the iPad that don't support the technology.

"We are excited about full web browsing on the Motorola XOOM through its support for Flash and HTML content. Our partnership with Motorola continues to grow with the introduction of these innovative devices, and we look forward to seeing our developers bring rich, new content experiences to them using our suite of tools.”

A video of the Honeycomb operating system leaked onto the internet earlier today, although Google is yet to officially announce the upgrade.

The new "Honeycomb" Motorola XOOM (Credit: Motorola)

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That's a really nice spec and good looking device. But I am not sure about that HoneyComb! It just looks like lots of widgets that wastes precious screen. Video in youtube shows that the modules of honeycomb has been built in hurry as mini-projects and stitched together with no UI consistency. Google really need to find someone who has design aesthetics. Engineers to build - designers to design. At least, that's what it looks like to me others may like it.

trollonknoll said,
That's a really nice spec and good looking device. But I am not sure about that HoneyComb! It just looks like lots of widgets that wastes precious screen. Video in youtube shows that the modules of honeycomb has been built in hurry as mini-projects and stitched together with no UI consistency. Google really need to find someone who has design aesthetics. Engineers to build - designers to design. At least, that's what it looks like to me others may like it.

Well you're alone on this one. Everyone I've spoken with loves Honeycomb--asthetics, widgets and all. It's the most uniform Android OS to date. I love that it's essentially a desktop experience on a tablet. Wasted space you say! Yeah right. Widgets are customized to your liking and the iPad is clueless as to how to occupy space. Mobile OSs strictly based on icons suck. Looking at you iOS.

If it gets Netflix support, then it'll be worth looking at. Until then, unless it is drastically cheaper than the iPad, I see no reason in getting it. (Not an Apple fanboi)

I really like the look of it, but with motorola's track record it's hard to get too excited. They're the only major android manufacturer who uses a fully locked bootloader. It limits the life of the product if you can't add community firmware and patches.

But as a starting point it's awesome, I'm more looking forward to something like the galaxy tab 2 or an HTC offering.