Wednesday during the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha told the audience that he would only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling. With that said, Jha has reportedly bypassed the latest generation of Android and hopes to have a device ready to launch sometime early next year.
The news isn't surprising given that Google recently admitted that Android 2.2 (Froyo) wasn't optimized for tablets. Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) is also reportedly designed to build upon Froyo but still not quite tablet friendly. Android 3.5--dubbed as Honeycomb--is slated to not only be more geared for tablets, but may be ready for devices in the same timeframe as Motorola's tablet--early 2011. But despite that, Motorola's tablet will supposedly use Android 3.0.
"I see the tablet market as an opportunity; no cannibalization with smartphones," Jha said. "iPad is more an extension of iPhone than a migration of a Macintosh. I think that is a natural expansion for us."
Previous reports said that the Motorola tablet will feature Nvidia's Tegra chipset, a 10-inch touchscreen, front and back cameras, 3G, support for TV viewing, and an unspecified link to Verizon's FiOS fiber optic IPTV. Originally the tablet was slated to launch on Verizon this fall, however that's apparently changed.