They plan to 'skip' a generation.
Yesterday Motorola released a tongue-and-cheek video showing the evolution of the tablet form-factor from huge stone slates with hieroglyphics to modern gadgets like the iPad. The obvious message was that the new Motopad represents the apex of tablet evolution. A little buzzing bee was shown fluttering around the veiled tablet as a reference to Android Honeycomb (believed to be 3.0).
Today Motorola sent out a tweet revealing another teaser for the new tablet.
"If your interest was piqued with our "Tablet Evolution" video, the official announcement countdown has started:"
A link to this countdown timer follows. When the timer hits 0, we'll presumably see the mystery Motorola tablet revealed in full. Above the clock is a message, "Ready to skip a Generation?"
This is a reference to one of two things. The most obvious meaning would be that the Motopad is skipping Android 2.3 and moving right on to 3.0. Another possible interpretation is that this tablet is meant to leapfrog the iPad 2 and usher in a "new generation" of tablets.
That's actually quite appropriate. The next iPad looks to be an iterative improvement rather than an evolutionary one. It is unlikely to have a dual-core processor or anything particularly ground-breaking, in terms of hardware. The MotoPad, though, is right in line with the upcoming wave of dual-core slates.
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