PHONE MAKER Motorola plans to release a tablet that will let users watch television.
The device will have a 10-inch screen and run Google's Android operating system. It could be in US shops by Autumn.
It seems Motorola's cunning plan is to tie the tablet closely to Verizon's FIOS digital pay-television service.
According to the Financial Times, the tablet market is seen as the next battleground in the mobile devices marketing contest that has pit myriad device makers and Microsoft, Google and Research in Motion against Apple.
However the TV idea is new and and could help other device makers compete against the Ipad.
After all there has to be something a tablet is good for other than presenting restaurant menus or composing shopping lists in the dark.
Apparently the reason that the Ipad does not have a television service was because Steve Jobs contacted TV programmers and told them how much they could pay him for delivering the service. When they stopped laughing and told him to go forth and multiply, the Ipad never got TV because that would have meant Steve Jobs having to negotiate rather than dictate.
Motorola's device will also fix some other weaknesses in the Ipad caused by Jobs's arrogant obstinacy. It will support Adobe Flash, the software that delivers some 90 per cent of web videos.
It will also be thinner and lighter than the Ipad and will let users share its wireless data connection with nearby devices.
It will also have two cameras, one for taking photos and the other facing the user for video conferencing.
And it will let users watch TV. µ
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