Motorola was the first company to work with Google to release a tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb — the first version of Google’s operating system designed specifically for tablets.
That was more than three years ago, and the Android tablet space is very different today than it was then. There are hundreds of models from dozens of companies, many with prices of well under $200.
As for Motorola? The company’s second-generation Android tablets never made much of a splash, and a third generation never arrived.
But it could have. Leaked photos of an unannounced tablet allegedly called the XOOM 3 have hit the web, giving us a peak at a tablet that never saw the light of day.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Alleged photos of an unreleased Motorola XOOM 3 tablet
The tablet has Verizon branding, suggesting it had cellular data features, and it had a Kevlar cover on the back, just like many of the Motorola smartphones that launched in 2013. [Droid Life]
- Oppo Find 7 Mini (Oppo R6007) on the way
The Oppo Find 7 is a 5.5 inch phone with an optional WQHD display, a Snapdragon 801 CPU, and other premium specs. This isn’t that phone. It’s a 4.7 inch phone with a 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, and most likely a lower price tag. [GizChina]
- Google Chromebooks heading to 9 more countries
New countries include New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain, and Italy. [Google Chrome Blog]
- Report: Google to spend $1 billion on satellite to extend internet access to new regions
Bringing internet access to underserved areas… it’s not just a job for balloons anymore. [MarketWatch]
- Archos Connected Self devices now shipping
Archos is expanding from tablets and phones into the internet of things. The company unveiled new activity trackers, scales, blood pressure monitors, and other connected devices at CES. Now they’re starting to ship in select markets. [ArcTablet]
- Report: The Start Menu won’t return with Windows 8.1 Update 2
Microsoft plans to reinvent the Start Menu and bring it back to Windows eventually. But it looks like the Start Menuy could be returning later rather than sooner… think 2015. [ZDNet]