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Video Of Motorola Tablet Device Appears Online

Motorola took a dig at the Apple iPad by publishing an online video that showcased the tablet alongside a number of other revered but altogether "old" ones like the ten Commandments and the Rosetta stone.

Via its official feed, @motomobile (opens in new tab), the company said "Might want to hold off on that tablet purchase until 2011. Watch this: http://moto.ly/mototablet (opens in new tab) #ItsOn".

The silent video entitled "Tablet Evolution presented by Motorola" included three computer tablets, the GriDpad, launched in 1989 with a 20MB hard disk, the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, one which the teaser said, bundled Android OS with a phone.

What the video does confirm is the launch of the Motorola tablet at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and the bee buzzing sound at the end is a clear allusion to Honeycomb or Android 3.0. You don't actually see the tablet though, not even the outline or glimpses of it which is a shame.

As for the launch of Honeycomb, it will clash with Gingerbread which has just been released. Given that each Android update has a lifespan of around six months, it means that the final version of Honeycomb will be released around May next year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.