Motorola unveils Xoom as Google previews Android 3.0

Google has released more details of its upcoming Android 3.0 operating system, dubbed Honeycomb, as tablet makers demonstrate early versions of hardware running the software at CES.

The company had already said that Honeycomb would be targeted exclusively at tablets and other devices with larger screens than Android’s traditional smartphone environment.

Now Google has posted a video previewing functions designed to make use of the screen real estate, including refined multi-tasking, upgrades to the web browser such as tabbed browsing, form auto-fill, syncing Google Chrome bookmarks, and an incognito mode for private browsing.

Google also showed off home screen customisation with a new 3D user interface and redesigned widgets that it said were richer and more interactive.

Earlier this week, Asus unveiled a trio of Android 3.0 machines and now Motorola has also taken the wraps of its Honeycomb-powered Xoom tablet, which features a 10.1-inch, 16:10 HD display.

The Xoom is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, and features the front and back cameras common in many of the tablet tidal wave at CES.

HDMI-out means users can export video to other devices, while Motorola also said its branded version of Android would support Flash.

Toshiba also previewed a Honeycomb tablet with a 10.1in screen as manufacturers look to the latest version of Android as a way of taking on Apple’s iPad.

All are due out later this year.

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