Software and hardware integration to enable different menus for different programmes
Motorola’s Xoom will be the first tablet to run on a version of Google’s Android operating system Honeycomb which is designed specifically for such devices.
The tablet will also be the first to have a dual-core processor, the US telecommunications company said, while displaying the Xoom at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Honeycomb is an upgraded version of previous Android OS from Google. It provides tablet support with a new user interface, three dimensional desktop, multi-tasking, tabbed web pages, Google Maps 5 in 3D, form auto-fill, bookmark syncing with Google Chrome and support for video chat.
Google engineering manager for mobile Dave Burke said the experience in the tablet was partly inspired by sci-fi movies.
The development of the tablet took ten months.
Both Google and Motorola had to co-locate some of their employees to get the hardware and software integration done.
The integration is said to enable different menus for different programmes.
Both Motorola and Google said there would be a range of accessories for the tablet.