CES: Motorola unveils new tablet, phones
LAS VEGAS -- Motorola hit the ground running at CES, introducing a Google Android tablet, aimed directly to compete with Apple's iPad, and smart phones to run on high-speed Internet networks of the major carriers.
Motorola on Wednesday introduced its Xoom tablet, with a 10-inch screen and the first to run on Google's new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system designed for tablets. It will run on Verizon Wireless 3G network but is upgradable to run on Verizon's 4G high-speed Internet network, the carrier said in a release.
What's different from the iPad? Among other things, the Xoom is equipped with a camera, front facing for video chats over Wi-Fi networks and a 5-megapixel HD camera on back.
We said tablets would be the rage at CES, and companies have not disappointed. Not to be outdone, LG introduced its G-Slate tablet that will also run Google's Honeycomb Android operating system and run on T-Mobile's network.
Motorola also unveiled its Droid Bionic, what Verizon Wireless describes as its first Android phone to run on its 4G LTE network. Verizon will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Thursday on its new device lineup for its high-speed mobile network it launched last month.
For AT&T, Motorola unveiled the Atrix which will run on AT&T's 4G network. And Sprint earlier in the week said it would soon release the EVO Shift, a new version of its popular 4G phone. It also said it will soon launch a MiFi hotspot product.
Earlier this week, Motorola Mobility offiically separated from the company's enterprise and business operations. The company has been working on a comeback after several years of disappointing results and has put its bets on Google's Android operating system for smart phones and tablets to compete with Research in Motion and Apple. Last October, Motorola Mobility reported its first quarter of growth in four years under CEO Sanjay Jha.
| January 6, 2011; 4:14 AM ET
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