First Android 3.0 tablet to be named XOOM
Having been used as a demo model for the upcoming Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and teased in a Tablet Evolution video, Motorola’s upcoming tablet release has seemingly been titled as the company registers a trademark for the name XOOM.
The trademark, which has been filed for use in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan and the whole of the EU, hints towards a global rather than regional product launch and is to cover “mobile computers and related accessories, namely, docks, cradles, mounts, holders, stands, carrying cases, covers, protective or decorative covers, batteries, power adaptors, cables, connectors, headsets and speakers; hand held computers, lap top computers, tablet computers, electronic notepads, computers, mobile data communications apparatus.”
Despite the XOOM moniker having yet to be confirmed for the Tegra 2 processor touting Motorola tablet that will launch at CES 2011 with an expected 10-inch display, all bases seem to be firmly covered by the filed patent.
The upcoming Motorola tablet was outed by Google’s Andy Rubin who took to stage of the first Android 3.0 preview event in San Francisco earlier this month, device in hand, to showcase what will become the first tablet-centric mobile OS from the internet and software giant.
With a number of Android powered mobile handsets now matching and possibly eclipsing the Apple iPhone 4, the hype and expectation that is being placed on the first Android 3.0 tablet, one which Motorola is proclaiming will “skip a generation”, could well be the first true competitor to the iPad.