There are a number of reasons that make the Xoom tablet PC from Motorola important. For one, it would be the first serious tablet effort from Motorola that till now has enjoyed a commendable presence in the smartphone segment. Then the Xoom tablet carries a lot of significance for Google too as it would be the first tablet PC to run Honeycomb, the first version of Android that has been designed exclusively for use on tablet like devices. Then of course, the competition is just too relentless, which makes it extremely important to be spot on right from day one. Needless to say, the two parties involved are extra cautious to make this a grand success but then, there also has emerged a key area where one might say there does exists some amount of friction.
For instance, it is the UI that perhaps is generating some amount of heat. After all, a product from Motorola devoid of the Motoblur UI is perhaps a bit too much for the Motorola boffins to digest. On the other hand, all Google wants is that the tablet should be released while the Honeycomb is as close to original as it can be. Fortunately, a stalemate already seems to be in place so that the tablet would eventually get to see the light of the day while having the Honeycomb operating system and no Motoblur. However, the latter would get onto the scene sometime later when the Motorola special UI will be made available as an over the air update. This was announced by Motorola executive Jonathan Nattrass though he did not specify if it would be an optional upgrade or compulsory.
In the meantime, there has also been other developments that however has messed things up more than sorting it out. Like there has been a word from Motorola that has spelt out clearly that they have no plans to meddle with the Honeycomb UI and that Motoblur does not fit into the scheme of things.
All we can do is wait for the final thing to emerge to find out which of the two version gains precedence over the other.
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