Next month is going to be expensive for early-adopters.
This has been a good week for everyone longing to get their hands on an Android tablet. The developers gave us a huge Android 3.0 SDK preview the other day, and now a full reveal / launch is just around the corner. Invites have just gone out for a Google event on February 2nd:
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"You’re invited to an Android event at Google headquarters in Mountain View on Wednesday, February 2. Please join us for an in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos."
The whole 90 minute reveal will be streamed live via this YouTube address. It's worth noting that Apple / News Corp's unveiling of The Daily is also set for February 2. Google must be betting that people care more about Android tablets than they do about another subscription-based news service.
At this week's Motorola Earnings Call, CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed that the Xoom will see a launch in February. He initially hinted at the end of the month, but later revised that to just "February". And there have been mutterings that the Motorola Xoom might launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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It seems possible that next week's Honeycomb reveal will be a segue to the first Android 3.0 slate launch, just two weeks later. So will the Xoom actually cost $799? Or will we see subsidized and/or WiFi-only options? These are the questions that will torment us until Moto pulls the sheet away at some point next month.