Looks like you can add Adobe Flash to the list of features the Motorola Xoom won't have when it launches this week on Verizon. In addition to missing LTE data and access to the microSD card, you'll find yourself Flashless when if you pick up the first Honeycomb Android tablet this week. Motorola confirmed to us today that the footnote on Verizon's Xoom page is, indeed (and sadly) correct.
As for when we'll see Flash on the Xoom? The Verizon footnote says "Expected Spring 2011." Adobe's certified devices page says "Early 2011." [Verizon, Adobe]
For those of you who have been following along with all the Best Buy, Motorola XOOM chaos you might like to know that Best Buy now seems to have all their affairs in order for pre-ordering the Motorola XOOM. Despite Best Buy pulling the trigger not once but rather twice on their XOOM pre-order pages another one has now popped up on their site and looks like it might actually remain there rather then being removed.
Don't get too excited though, you can't actually pre-order using the page (yet?) it just tells you to visit your local Best Buy instead. Oh right, it's not $1200 either; they opted to not add any price this time. [Best Buy] Thanks, JC!
Update - Prices and accessories now added to the page. Listed price is $799.
You can just about taste the Motorola Xoom. As you can see above, display materials are starting to make their way into stores, and official ability is believed to be right around the corner, possibly in the next few days.
Pricing still isn't official, however, and we're still waiting on Google to release the Honeycomb code to manufacturers, so there are a couple of pretty big steps still to be taken before we get this 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet in our fat little fingers.
But we're getting closer, folks. One more pic after the break. Thanks, S!
With the Xoom's impending launch, Motorola has seen fit to post full technical specs up for the world to see. There aren't really any surprises here other than confirmation of a GSM version but no word on where or when we might see it. And yes, the WiFi-only and GSM versions are exactly the same as the CDMA one except for the radio. If you have a pressing need to find out just how many OpenGL extensions the Xoom supports (no, we aren't kidding), head on past the read link. [Motorola via Engadget, Motodev Forums]
Motorola Mobility has announced its European retail arrangements for the upcoming Xoom tablet.
According to Moto's press release, the Xoom will arrive on European shores in the second quarter of 2011. In the UK, the Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will stock the 3G/WiFi version, while the WiFi-only Xoom will be available at PC World and Currys. Elsewhere, Motorola says that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom will introduce the Xoom in "selected markets".
No prices were mentioned, but the Xoom was recently given a price of $799 for 3G/WiFi and $600 for WiFi-only in the US. Inflated European prices are pretty much par for the course when it comes to consumer electronics though, so we'd expect the Xoom to retail for more than exchange rates would suggest. [Motorola Media Center]
We've used the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet on a number of occasions now, but never the silver one. Let's walk you through the differences:
It's silver. And it's expected to be the non-Verizon version that'll be available whenever it's available.
We also played around a bit with the Speaker HD Dock for the Xoom. The 10.1-inch tablet pugs into it horizontally and can play music over the speaker. And there's an HDMI port in the back for HD output. Thus the Speaker HD Dock, we imagine. Pics are after the break.
While we've been following Viewsonic's tablets for some time now, we haven't yet paid much attention to what, if any, phone efforts they've made in the past. We can't really promise that will change in the future now that we've had some hands-on time with the decidedly utilitarian ViewPad 4. It's not that there's anything wrong with a blocky, squarish, bare-bones Android phone, it's just that there isn't anything particularly inspiring to be had here. Granted, we had a prototype here, as they hadn't yet even loaded up Google's apps on the device.
Spec-wise, we have a 4.1" 800x480 screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 with Quad-band GSM, 512MB RAM and 2GB storage, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5mp camera (720p video) on the rear and VGA on the front, and a 1400 mAh battery powering it all. Sort of amazing to be ho-humming specs like that because there's really nothing to complain about. Hey, it's running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, so maybe a little more wide-eyed wonder is called for - we'll see how we feel when we find out pricing and availability later this year.
If you're waiting for the Motorola Xoom, and a Costco member, Feb 24 looks to be a lucky day. A tipster just sent us in this image of an internal Costco doc all about the new Honeycomb tablet, complete with a few juicy details:
Wireless reps at Costco will be receiving their demo device on on or about Feb 22.
A pallet full 'o Xoom will be shipped to each store for display on Feb 24.
You'll be forced to sign up for at least a month-to-month or pay as you go plan before they will sell it to you.
And maybe most interesting -- they'll have 10 reasons why you should ditch the iPad.
What we do know is that this is a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display running on that aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra250 Dual-core CPU. There's a 5mp camera on the back, 2mp on the front, HDMI-out, and a nice brushed metal unibody casing.
Until Honeycomb arrives, we have a very-slightly-modified version of Android 2.3 - you can bring out the home, menu, and back button by swiping on the lower-right - swiping again equates to a long-press to multitask.
Catch a hands-on video and a few more photos after the break!
On the list of things I don't worry about, pre-launch pricing at Best Buy is one of them. Anyone who's anyone knows full well that they're usually set sky high as a placeholder and then change once the device is released. We'll certainly hedge, however, in light of the other pricing leaks we've seen on the Motorola Xoom and say that anything's possible. But we're not freaking out just yet. [Best Buy via Android Central Forums]
"I currently am the IT director at a K12 district in southeastern ohio. The combination of the Xooms hardware with Honeycomb and Wyse's Pockecloud would have a tremendous impact on the currently daunting task of managing 750+ Windows clients. Even with a notebook, trying to keep mobile is difficult with an average battery life of 2 hours. Potentially with Pocketcloud, I could manage a great percentage of these users while not worrying about finding an outlet. On the merits Pocketcloud alone, I would gain the ability to manage tasks ranging from simple user assistance to extremely mobile virus removal and perhaps interacting with an interactive whiteboard without the use of another unneeded proprietary wireless slate. In short, my dream of effective and simple remote management of my constituents may be one step closer to reality."
Congratulations and best wishes go out to you James, and enjoy your new Motorola Xoom!
Fresh of the heels of a potential WiFi only Xoom showing it's face in the FCC, the Motorola Xoom has shown it's face once again, this time in a different flavor. Tbreak has a hands-on video with a Xoom tricked out in silver, and sporting a GSM radio on the inside. There is also confirmation that the UAE will be receiving the Xoom in WiFi-only and 3G GSM + WiFi models, which is just more proof that a WiFi-only version does exist.
Aside from that, it's the same Xoom we've all come to know and love. This one will be hitting Dubai, and there's no word on how this will be comparable in terms of pricing, but our guess is there won't be much change from it's rumored $800 price tag here in the U.S. We can only hope this sort of variety is something we'll eventually see here at home, and the sooner the better. Hit the jump for the video hands-on. [tbreak via Engadget]
We've been discussing the possibility of a WiFi only Motorola XOOM showing up for quite some time now and although Motorola gave us a partial confirmation, that was seemingly only for Latin America. We're still looking for the North American branch of Motorola to come out and say one exists and will be sold here. Although, we may not necessarily need them to considering what is now showing up at the FCC. As described in the documents, Motorola submitted the following:
This equipment operates in the 2.4 GHz band functioning as Bluetooth and WiFi (part 15.247) as well as in the 5GHz UNII sub-bands I & IV non-DFS WiFi (part 15.407). The unit may also be connected to a computer via a USB connection. (Part 15B Computing Device Peripheral).
That sure sounds like a XOOM to us. Couple it with the fact the SARS report is in-line with that of the originally posted XOOM and we're drawing a blank as to what else it could be. There is actually two reports showing the same ID, the other shows it as a tablet. Hit the break for that image. Share your thoughts in the comments folks. [via FCC] Thanks, Tom!
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