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December 13, 2010
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Google's Andy Rubin recently showed off a tablet device made by Motorola running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The device Rubin used didn't have any branding on it, but a new image of the Motorola tablet includes Verizon Wireless' logo, strongly suggesting that Verizon will be selling the device at some point.
Reports of a Motorola-Verizon tablet partnership have been floating around for the better portion of a year, so the image is the latest clue in a series of hints.
Motorola's co-CEO Sanjay Jha has already confirmed that the company will debut two tablets in 2011, a seven-inch version and a ten-inch version, though they haven't been named. Jha didn't say which carriers would offer the Motorola tablet.
Given Motorola's strong relationship with Verizon Wireless -- after all, the two companies have sold more than one million Droids together -- it makes sense that Verizon would be the first to launch such a product from Motorola.
With respect to the device showed off by Rubin, he noted that it has a dual-core Nvidia processor and supports video chat, meaning it has at least one camera. It's not confirmed that the tablet shown off by Rubin is the same as the one imaged with the Verizon Wireless logo, but it's not unreasonable to assume that it is.
More than just a version of Android adapted for the tablet platform, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is a re-built variant of Android in order to take advantage of the strengths of the tablet form factor (i.e., the bigger screen).
Google has re-imagined the lock screen in Honeycomb, as well as redesigned the home screen, widgets, and other user interface elements. Rubin said that the software he demonstrated was still in the early stages of development.
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