Motorola Mobility today announced the upcoming availability of Motorola Xoom WiFi (only) edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Initially launched as a 3G/WiFi tablet with Verizon Wireless, the Motorola Xoom showcases the innovations of the Android 3.0/Honeycomb user experience - including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization - on a 10.1" widescreen HD display, enabling video content that's richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, Motorola Xoom delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance.
The latest Google Mobile services include Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction and access to more than 3 million Google eBooks and apps from Android Market. Motorola Xoom also supports a Beta of Adobe Flash Player 10.2 downloadable from Android Market, enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and rich Internet applications.
As the first device running Android 3.0, Motorola Xoom benefits from Motorola's aggressive work with developers across the ecosystem through MOTODEV, Motorola's developer support program to enable world-class tablet and smartphone experiences. These devices will be able to access more than 150,000 applications within the Android Market as well as the rapidly increasing number of applications optimized directly for the Android 3.0 OS. In addition, thousands of Flash-based web applications and sites will become available for the Motorola Xoom.
As a part of the company's commitment and leadership - along with Google's - to the Android ecosystem, Motorola announced a series of global developer events in 11 cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. These MOTODEV events give developers access to tools, support and Motorola's team of Android experts. The first of these events was hosted in San Francisco on March 1 and had more than 665 developers in attendance.
MOTODEV also recently announced a new testing and certification program for Honeycomb applications, encouraging developers to submit their applications to get early feedback and support on Motorola Xoom performance. This is a part of the company's ongoing commitment to supporting the ecosystem in delivering high quality experiences to the consumer.
Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club (select locations), Staples and Walmart will be offering the 10.1" widescreen HD tablet through both online and retail store channels. The MSRP for Motorola Xoom WiFi with 32 GB of memory will be US$ 599. In addition, the Motorola Xoom WiFi will be available to commercial IT channels and regional retailers through a distribution agreement with Synnex Corporation, and regional carriers through Brightpoint, Inc.
Cheers ~ Arne