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Motorola Tablet To Be Called Xoom?

Motorola has applied for trademarks for a product or a range of products that will bear the name Xoom in a few strategic territories worldwide.

Pocketnow reports that Motorola wants to copyright the term in the US, in Canada, Australia, the whole of the EU, New Zealand and Taiwan.

This points to a global, rather than regional, product launch. For example the Motorola Milestone is known as the Droid in the UK.

Motorola wants to the trademark application to cover "mobile computers and related accessories, namely, docks, cradles, mounts, holders, stands, carrying cases, covers, protective or decorative covers, batteries, power adaptors, cables, connectors, headsets and speakers; hand held computers, lap top computers, tablet computers, electronic notepads, computers, mobile data communications apparatus"

Note that there's nothing in there mentioning mobile phones, smartphones or devices capable of making phone calls. Not much is known about the tablet which was announced at the beginning of December and will come with Android Honeycomb.

Like the Advent Vega, the Motorola Tablet will use a Tegra 2 processor, a large touchscreen (probably 10-inch) and will be presented at next year's CES 2011 in Las Vegas.

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.