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Motorola Could Get the Tablet Habit

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) could potentially follow Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ), and others into the mobile tablet market. (See iPad Rivals Loom.)

Moto's top mobile devices exec, Sanjay Jha, was asked about the possibility of his company producing an iPad-like device. "We are very engaged with this marketplace, with tablets being just one form factor for these devices," he told analysts.

The co-CEO appears to envisage greater integration for media services between mobile devices and cable set-tops and home gateways. This would obviously be a logical area to address for a company with mobile device and cable equipment units. (See Moto Ships 100M 'Digital Entertainment' Devices.)

Interestingly, Motorola has already put together a tablet prototype for Verizon Wireless . The carrier showed it off during its LTE showcase at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January. (See CES 2010: LTE in Pictures.)

Moto's LTE Tablet

Jha didn't, however, give any details on possible launch plans for a tablet or any other similar mobile media devices.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:37:49 PM
re: Motorola Could Get the Tablet Habit

Referring to the convergence of PC and mobility, Jha said: "I actually see this convergence as being very, very important. Very, very important." With four verys, I'd say a Moto tablet is definitely going to happen...maybe very, very soon?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:37:49 PM
re: Motorola Could Get the Tablet Habit

My impression is that they are thinking in a different way from the iPad or Slate though. More like an uber-control hub for multimedia in the home maybe?

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:37:46 PM
re: Motorola Could Get the Tablet Habit

That'd make sense for them. So something similar to the Verizon Hub? Do you think they'd have better luck than Verizon?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:37:46 PM
re: Motorola Could Get the Tablet Habit

I'm thinking more mobile, like a fancy e-reader that you could use to change channels and sync pictures and music etc as well as Internet access.

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