Google's Android creator shows off Motorola 3D-enabled tablet
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android creator Andy Rubin offered a peek at a Motorola Android tablet based on Google's next-generation Android OS, code-named Honeycomb.
Speaking at the D: Dive into Mobile show in San Francisco this week, Rubin demonstrated the Motorola tablet, which appeared to be closer in screen size of the Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad. A Motorola representative told eWeek that Motorola will introduce a tablet in the first half of next year, and that the vendor is working on both a 7- and 10-inch screen. The Apple iPad features a 9.7-inch screen while Samsung's Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch screen.
Rubin indicated that the tablet includes a dual-core Nvidia 3D processor for 3D graphics, gaming and multimedia applications. His demonstration included screen icons that displayed Google Talk video chat and the next version of Google Maps for Android, which will be available in a few days on Android handsets. On tablets, the new Google Maps will provide 3D mapping. Content will be drawn in real time on smartphones and later tablets. Users will have the ability to download their entire routes in seconds, Rubin said.