10/01/2011

By Max Clarke

There were nearly 100 new tablet computers launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week but the Motorola Xoom stands out as the first example of Google Android 3.0, otherwise known as Honeycomb operating system.

As the name implies, the new OS allows a honeycomb like user interface with multiple views for video, browsers and ‘apps’ etc.

“This is great news for companies wanting to use the tablet as a true mobile business tool,” said Matt Hatch, Managing Director of Mubaloo the UK largest application developer.

“As a developer with extensive experience creating ‘apps’ for iPad the Xoom creates a new dimension of capabilities that Mubaloo can offer to clients.”

The Motorola Xoom has two digital cameras as standard which provides many options for developing experiential apps using 3D video and augmented reality.

“Imagine walking through the Natural History Museum using the tablet as a guide. You could point the tablet at the dinosaur skeleton and see the animal come to life. Multiple views provide opportunities for a myriad of further information,” said Mr Hatch.

“Or imagine walking through the Colisseum in Rome, tablet in hand, and seeing images of gladiators fighting in their original setting!”

Previous shortcomings of tablets versus SmartPhones have been overcome by the Xoom. 3G radio is supplied as standard so business clients will be always connected without needing to be in a WiFi hotspot. However, it is likely that the iPad2 will leapfrog this current generation of Android machines when it is launched later this year.

“Mubaloo is ideally placed to take advantage of the emergence of all forms of tablets as serious business devices. The bigger the display real estate and the more power under the hood, the more the app can offer,” said Mr Hatch.

“With 4G LTE bandwidths around the corner the opportunities are even greater for mobile devices to take the place of laptops as the ultimate tool for business on the move.”