Now that we've seen the Super Bowl commercial for the Motorola Xoom, it's time to get disappointed by the price tag. Yes, the rumors of the Xoom being in the $800 dollar range are pretty much confirmed by a copy of Best Buy's sales ad showing the price at $799.99. It also tells us that the Xoom will be in the stores on Feb 24, and gives us a breakdown of the data packages being offered by big red, which varies from 1 GB for $20 monthly all the way to 10 GB for $80 monthly.
Still, the Motorola Xoom is one hell of a tablet, and hopefully we'll see a reasonable price on a WiFi only model soon. [Engadget]
Let's be clear -- the Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook page isn't exactly the same as news coming from the steps of Best Buy HQ. But we take what we can get around here, we suppose. [Best Buy Grand Rapids South Facebook via Droid Life]
Did you miss our live coverage or just want to see all of Google's Honeycomb demos shown in video format? Well, Google has your back and has posted a video of their entire Honeycomb event on to YouTube. The video will run just over 50 minutes but is well worth the time as Google employees and guests show off apps, widgets, multitasking, notifications, and more. (And see if you can spot Phil!) [YouTube]
We had a look at Fuze Meeting for Android when it kicked things up a notch and released a tablet-specific application, and now they have gone a step further. Fuze Meeting will be the first collaboration application for Honeycomb, delivering HD mobile video, full hosting abilities and pinch-to-zoom and iPoint laser technology for the Motorola Xoom.
Fuze Box says that hosts and attendees will be able to view up to 10 high resolution videos in a single instance of the app, which should give the new rendering engine in Honeycomb a run for it's money. If they can pull it off well, this will make the Motorola Xoom a serious business tool, and a true competitor to the iPad. Hit the break for the full press release.
In one of the more bizarre stories of the new year, Chad Johnson (aka Ochocinco) has somehow gotten his hands on a Motorola Xoom. "How?" and "Why?" are questions that may never be answered, but we can assume it has something to do with him being, well, Chad Johnson. But he has been seen promoting Motorola devices before, so it's fairly safe to say he's on the payroll. Still, this would seem to give credence to the rumored Feb. 17 launch date and would would fit nicely with an announcement before the entire U.S. with the upcoming Super Bowl ad.
Until then, the rest of us will just have to sit and wait patiently -- and be jealous. Very, very jealous. [Twitter]
The Super Bowl is right around the corner and we're all anxious to see what products are advertised during the game since they reach so many viewers.
We have our first teaser by Motorola for the highly anticipated Xoom tablet. The ad takes place in space with a quick reference to Apple's 1984 ad before showing off the Xoom's qualities.
After the reference to 1984, the ad shows off 1080p playback, 3G and 4G models, dual cameras and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Towards the end, Motorola appears to take a shot at Apple by saying "It's Time to Live a Free Life" after going through phrases such as "One Authority" and "One Design." It's a sweet commercial that makes us more anxious to see what's plugged during the Super Bowl.
Update: This is a teaser for the ad during the Superbowl, not the actual commercial. For the actual commercial, tune in to the game on Sunday.
Only three days left to enter to win a Motorola Xoom!
The Motorola Xoom is looking to be the Android tablet to beat so far -- check out of first look at CES. And if the rumors are correct, it could well be launched in the next few weeks on Verizon.
And that means it's time to give one away. We're teaming up with Wyse Technology, developer of the Pocket Cloud app, to deliver one unactivated -- and free -- Motorola Xoom tablet, running the Honeycomb version of Android. Hit the break for the full details and instructions on how to enter.
It pays to listen to Motorola Mobility's quarterly earnings calls, because new CEO Sanjay Jha (OK, old CEO, but new CEO of the newly separate MM ... you know what we mean) dropped a little news on a couple of devices you might care about.
The Motorola Atrix 4G is due on AT&T by the end of February, he said. The Xoom could be late February or March (Verizon's said Q1 from the outset, so Jha's hedge is safe either way). The LTE-capable Droid Bionic's slated for the end of the second quarter, as is the hardware upgrade (whatever that ends up being) for the Xoom to get LTE data. Good news, indeed.
Oh, and highlights of the earnings report:
Revenue accrual of $3.4 billion, which is 21% higher than Q4 2009
Mobile devices comprised of $2.4 billion of that revenue, which is up 33% from 2009
The $699 unsubsidized price isn't a huge drop from Verizon's $800 minimum advertised price -- news we broke on Friday -- but it's a start. Chances are we'll see prices fluctuate -- they always do -- and we'll be on the lookout for those "Price so low we can't advertise them" deals. Again, you can sell for less than the MAP, you're just not supposed to advertise it. [via Droid Attic]
Update: Droid-Life was sent some sort of "price verification" receipt that shows $799. So $700, $800, either way, you might want to start getting loan papers together.
And just to reiterate -- the $799 price that we brought you is the "minimum advertised price" and not what you're likely to have to pay for all that Honeycomb goodness. Everyone's favorite Panda is anticipating a $500 or so price tag after subsidy, and we're inclined to agree. Though any Wifi-only version is going to have to come down a bit before we break out our wallets. [Engadget]
You want some actual news about accessories to go along with the initial pricing info for the Motorola Xoom tablet, eh? We've got you covered. Above is what Verizon apparently will have on hand, and it's quite the portfolio. You've got a camera kit cable (oooh, fancy), a media dock and advanced HDMI dock, silicone cases, travel charger and car charger. Everything a budding Android tableteer could need, we reckon. Thanks, K!
But here's the thing. Click on the seller for the item -- Senyx -- and there's the exact same Bluetooth keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. And the Playstation 3. And the App iPad. And for the BlackBerry Playbook. And for the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo. And for the HP Zeen C510. And for the MSI Android Tablet. And for the Velocity Micro T301 Cruz 7-inch Android Tablet. And for the ViewSonic 7-inch Android Tablet. And for Bluetooth-enabled Electronic Tablets/Smartphones/PS3/PDA.
And that's just the first page.
And they're all available Feb. 14.
So, folks, no special Motorola Xoom Bluetooth keyboard (at least not yet). And we wouldn't read much into it being available Feb. 14. It's just a Bluetooth keyboard with a whole lot of SEO behind it. Move along now. Move along. [Amazon]
Fresh off of CES 2011, the anticipation for the Motorola Xoom probably couldn't be any higher, and many of us here think it was one of the best showings at CES. Motorola apparently shares that excitement. According to DigiTimes, Motorola is expecting to launch between 700,000 and 800,000 Xooms in the first quarter of 2011. That's a hefty amount for the first three months of the year, especially considering the Xoom isn't immediately available. If Motorola hits that target and sales stay at a constant, we could be looking at over 3 million Xoom shipped by years end.
Now, shipped units and sold units are different figures, so we will have to keep an eye on both going into the future, but Motorola obviously expects to be selling a lot of these, and we can't really blame them. Be sure to sound off in our Xoom Forums and share you thoughts with us! [via DigiTimes]
Miss Motorola's announcements at CES? Want to watch the entire event that introduced the Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid Bionic and Xoom? The video is now available and is about 35 minutes long. Motorola's event was arguably the most exciting from an Android point of view so this would be a good one to see. Sit back and enjoy all of the Android goodness that's going to hit the market soon.
Oh, and don't blame us for the video quality. Phil says it looked pretty damn cool in person, though. And if you look closely, you might even be able to spot him in the crowd.
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