Motorola developing Android tablet for Verizon that includes TV support for FiOS customers

Motorola developing Android tablet for Verizon that includes TV support for FiOS customers

Summary: With Research in Motion preparing a tablet to compete against the iPad, it shouldn't be any surprise that Motorola is working on one, too. But while RIM's BlackPad seems geared for enterprise customers, Motorola seems to have its sight set on consumers -- especially those who are Verizon FiOS subscribers.

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With Research in Motion preparing a tablet to compete against the iPad, it shouldn't be any surprise that Motorola is working on one, too. But while RIM's BlackPad seems geared for enterprise customers, Motorola seems to have its sight set on consumers -- especially those who are Verizon FiOS subscribers.

According to the Financial Times, Motorola is developing a tablet running the Android OS for Verizon that could appear as early as this fall. Not surprisingly, it will fill in gaps that the iPad has in its feature set, including Flash support and front- and rear-facing cameras. It will also have a slightly larger screen at 10 inches (compared to 9.7 inches), will be thinner and lighter, and, better still, will serve as a mobile hot spot.

Its potential killer app, though, would be the ability for FiOS customers to watch TV through the device. It's unclear if it would support live TV playback, but at least it should let subscribers access their DVRs (the paper pointing out that Motorola also builds the set-top boxes that Verizon uses for FiOS). Theoretically, the tablet could be bundled with FiOS service at a steep discount, much as netbooks are offered with heavy subsidies for Verizon mobile plans.

Would the Motorola-Verizon tablet alliance spur other pay TV companies to partner with tablet makers, or push them to hasten their iPad plans? Already, Comcast is preparing an iPad app that will let you access your Xfinity set-top box, but maybe the release date will come sooner than later if this latest tablet rumor comes to fruition.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets, Verizon

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  • Amazing to see all of the innovation going on around tablets! Meanwhile, MS

    is still trying to shoehorn a desktop OS into one. You suppose after another couple of years of no sales they might finally see the light???
    DonnieBoy
    • There's nothing especially

      it running great on laptops, notebooks, netbooks, tablets, servers, hpc clusters, etc, etc, etc.<br>And there's nothing special about tablets, you just install the drivers you need for the hardware you have and presto! No mouse, no harddisk, no wired network, no printers, no problem. Multitouch display, wireless, 3G, no problem.
      Johnny Vegas
      • Well, why is Apple selling millions of iPads, and meanwhile about ZERO

        tablets with Windows 7????
        DonnieBoy
  • Donnie, Donnie, Donnie

    If ignorance is bliss, you must be orgasmic all the time <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink"><br><br>Try repeating to yourself, a pad is a semi-useless clunky media player - a tablet is the stuff MS has been building for years - sure they were out of your price range, but what isn't?<br><br>Since I'm happily using Win 7 Untimate on a Atom powered $300 netbook, I can't really see the problem - especially since the processors keep becoming more powerful.<br><br>As to whether the marketeers can convince people to carry around a large media player in the hope of looking cool, the jury is still out. They bought a lot of pet rocks too <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
    tonymcs1
    • Pumpous A$$

      @tonymcs@...

      I don't think any other description is appropriate
      Economister
      • Oh, I see, consumers are REALLY stupid, buying millions of iPads because

        they are STUPID. I just can not stop laughing . . .
        DonnieBoy
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