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Android: The next generation

CES 2011: Leaders in the new Android generation

  • Motorola Atrix 4G



    The Android 2.2-based Atrix 4G is a typical Android smartphone; even its dual processors and 4G radio support are common in the new generation of Androids. But what makes it truly innovative is its docking capability. The optional laptop dock, into which you physically insert the Atrix, gives you an 11.6-inch screen with Firefox 3.6 desktop browser and full keyboard, so you can surf the Web in the large view that PC and iPad users prefer. When updated to Android 3.0, the Atrix should run tablet-oriented apps that also take advantage of the PC-like screen and keyboard. A separate dock includes an HDMI port that lets you use a TV or computer monitor instead, plus three USB ports for other peripherals.
    Developer: Motorola Mobility
    U.S. network: AT&T Wireless
    Price: Unknown
    Release date: Unknown
  • Motorola Xoom



    The Android 3.0-based tablet is very much like an iPad, with similar size, weight, screen dimensions, and support for Bluetooth headsets and keyboards. It boasts dual processors, as well as a MicroUSB port, SD card slot, front and rear cameras, and support for Adobe Flash Player — none of which you'll find on the current iPad. Corporate sync capabilities are also promised, though undefined.

    Other 10-inch Android 3.0 tablets expected with similar capabilities are LG's G-Slate (for T-Mobile) and Dell's Streak 10 (officially just a lab project), though both companies gave no real details on the two products.
    Developer: Motorola Mobility
    U.S. network: Verizon Wireless
    Price: Unknown
    Release date: Unknown
  • Asus Eee Pad Slider



    Most Android 3.0 tablets are touchscreen devices like the iPad, but Asus will offer a touchscreen tablet with a keyboard for those who want a more laptop-like experience. Think of it as the new netbook. Another model, the Eee Pad Transformer, features a detachable keyboard.

    Developer: Asus
    U.S. network: Unknown
    Price: Unknown
    Release date: Unknown
  • Vizio Via Phone



    The Vizio brand is new to smartphones; the company is best known for its low-cost TVs. But the Via Phone takes advantage of that TV history by integrating an infrared remote control capability into its otherwise generic Android smartphone, allowing you to control your TV and stereo system with your most ubiquitous device. Unlike the usual iOS and Android approach of using Wi-Fi-based remote-control apps, the Via Phone doesn't require you have Internet-connected home theater equipment to work.

    Developer: Vizio
    U.S. network: Unknown
    Price: Unknown
    Release date: Unknown
  • Samsung Infuse 4G



    Samsung is known for its vibrant, supersaturated AMOLED screens, and its Infuse 4G shows off a bigger, badder form of this technology, with a 4.5-inch screen — one of the largest available. It's also one of the thinnest smartphones available (or will be when it ships).

    Developer: Samsung
    U.S. network: AT&T
    Price: Unknown
    Release date: Unknown
  • The innovation leaders in the new Android generation



    Like PCs, most Android devices are indistinguishable from each other beyond cosmetic differences. But with the Android "Honeycomb" 3.0 OS due this spring, along with a new generation of Android smartphones and tablets based on it, a few devices stand out for their innovation — and could give the iPhone and iPad strong competition.
    Keep in mind that all these products are not yet shipping, so the reality may not match the expectations set by their brief, controlled appearances at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
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