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Motorola's Android tablet a direct Google project?

updated 07:55 am EDT, Thu August 19, 2010

Moto tablet co-designed with Google for Android 3

Motorola's 10-inch Android tablet could be Google's officially chosen flagship device, Digitimes Research analyst Mingchi Kuo claimed to know on Thursday. The project has been likened to the T-Mobile G1, where Google had a direct hand in designing the hardware and insisted on pure Android for the OS. Google may consider it a representative of what Android 3.0 could do.

The hardware would be fast through using NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 250, but it would make some sacrifices in the display compared to its obvious rival, the iPad. A Sharp-sourced display wouldn't be as bright as the LG Display-made panel on Apple's tablet, but it would be thinner. Verizon is still seen as the main carrier partner for cellular data.

Kuo expects that the tablet would start volume production by the end of 2010 and implies that Motorola might not necessarily launch the hardware before 2011. Motorola purportedly doesn't have ambitious targets for its slate, as it has estimated selling two million next year where Apple sold as many iPads in under two months.

The Android design, which could be known as the Stingray and carry a FiOS TV angle, may signal Google hedging its bets with not one but two signature tablets. An HTC-made official Chrome OS tablet is rumored for November 26, also on Verizon, and could end up competing with Motorola's model. Google has said it sees Android and Chrome OS targeting different markets, but having two similarly specified tablets could be a way of testing the waters to see which the public prefers.

Either may still face a tough market. Android phones have overtaken Apple in short term market share, but Android tablets are virtually non-existent and will have to overcome a much larger entrenched market now that Apple will have already sold several million iPads by the time Motorola or HTC ships.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Apple should sell at least six to seven million

    iPads before the Stingray gets to consumers. If Motorola is working directly with Google, they should do fairly well with this tablet. So far, this seems to be the best iPad rival on the horizon based on partnering of Android and Motorola hardware. I mean best potential rival. I'm not saying anything about it being successful. This tablet market seems to be an unknown quantity to me since I'm not certain there will be a generic tablet market. Just an iPad market.

  1. HellcatM

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2010


    Sharp display

    One thing you missed is that Sharp also develops 3D screens that don't need glasses. If they put this display in this tablet at a good price, it'll be a big winner.

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