Motorola's Xoom tablet priced at $799

BARCELONA Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:01am EST

The Google home page is shown on Google's latest version of the Android operating system, Honeycomb, on a Motorola Xoom tablet device following a news conference at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California February 2, 2011. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

The Google home page is shown on Google's latest version of the Android operating system, Honeycomb, on a Motorola Xoom tablet device following a news conference at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California February 2, 2011.

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc's Xoom tablet will sell for an unsubsidized $799 at Verizon Wireless, with WiFi-only version priced at around $600 price, chief executive Sanjay Jha said on Wednesday.

"Competing with Apple you have to deliver premium products," Jha said, adding Xoom software was also upgradable.

Motorola is a latecomer to the surging market for tablet computers, which was created by Apple's iPad last year, and is expected to reach total sales volumes of around 50 million units this year.

Jha said nearly all Motorola products will use Google's Android software this year, which could get a boost from Nokia's pact to start using Microsoft's software.

"I am as focused on Android as I ever have been. As a result of Nokia adopting Microsoft it's possible that some of the other players concentrate on Android," Jha told reporters in Barcelona on sidelines of Mobile World Congress trade show.

He said he hoped alternative operating systems to Android would still stay on the market.

"I hope there will be at least three or four. I love Android, but I hope as hell there won't be just one."

Jha also said the company was looking at possibly having its own application store.

(Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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Comments (8)
vayapues wrote:
Please don’t create a motorola app store.
Perhaps such a move will help you, but it does not help us… your customers.

That is all we need… additional Android fragmentation.
I will drop you flat, if you do so.

Feb 16, 2011 1:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sanjay Jha says “I love Android,” but none of his devices run the latest version of the OS. Hell, most of his devices are still running the OS they shipped with despite, in some cases, there being two or three revs released since. Not much “love” there.

Feb 16, 2011 2:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SpectreWriter wrote:
Guessing they think we’ve all just fallen off the turnip truck or something. As if… good luck MS, you’re gonna need it!

Feb 16, 2011 5:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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