Telstra and Motorola team up for the release of the Motorola XOOM

  • Available on Telstra NextG
  • iPad competitor
  • Flash compatible, Andriod 3.0 Honeycomb

The highly anticipated Motorola Xoom will be available to Australians from May on Telstra’s Next G network. The tablet device is the first to run on the Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) platform.

The Motorola Xoom includes a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, true multi-tasking functionality, and the latest Google Mobile services on a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. Users can customise the homescreen with moveable widgets, and take advantage of the 5-megapixel rear-facing camera which also captures HD video. A 2-megapixel camera also sits at the back of the device. The Xoom also supports Flash.

The tablet includes:

•    Google Maps
•    Access to over 150,000 apps from Android Market
•    A built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer and adaptive lighting

While the pricing of the Motorola Xoom is yet to be released, Telstra has said that it will be available for outright purchase.
Warwick Bray, Executive Director, Telstra Mobility Products, said: “Motorola XOOM’s high-definition touch screen and powerful operating software will make it possible for more Australians to enjoy video, mobile web browsing, gaming and magazines on the go. It brings together beautifully integrated services like Gmail and YouTube, a world of Android apps and an interface that’s easy for our customers to personalise with apps, shortcuts and widgets.”

Timo Brouwer, managing director of Motorola Mobility ANZ and South Pacific said, “Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it provides more ways to have fun, connect with friends and be productive while on the go. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics, as well as its Motorola Smart Accessories.”

In other tablet news, Apple is suing Samsung, claiming that the mobile manufacturer’s Galaxy mobile and tablet range copy the design of Apple’s iPod and iPad devices.