It’s Motorola. And while we’ve heard of their supposed tablet efforts before, new information has surfaced.
Apparently they are working on a tablet for Verizon. The USP here will be tight integration with Verizon’s FiOS digital pay-tv service.
The tablet will have a 10″ touchscreen and focus on, you guessed it, TV watching. Motorola’s OS of choice for this device will be, unsurprisingly, Android.
It could launch as early as this fall, will have Flash support and will be thinner and lighter than the iPad. It will also have WiFi hotspot creation capabilities and two cameras, one on the back and one on the front for video-conferencing.
No further details are known at this point, but expect leaks to intensify as time goes by.
The success of Verizon’s mobile TV plans for this device depends entirely on their pricing. Apple was reportedly in talks with the big US networks prior to the iPad’s launch in order to secure TV programming for the iPad, but those discussions failed specifically because they reached no agreement on prices.
Working with Verizon may provide Motorola an edge here, since Verizon owns a 25% share of the US television market and could use the tablet platform as an extension to that.
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