"Google was handing out little Android toy robots at the
registration line for its Android "Honeycomb" press event here, but
the search giant's real agenda was more serious, specifically to
show that it's ready to take on market leader Apple's (NASDAQ:
"The news comes at a good time for Android supporters following
a report this week that one of the first Android tablets, the
Samsung Galaxy Tab, touted as an iPad competitor, is seeing a high
rate of returns. A point-of-sale survey conducted by ITG Investment
Research said that as many as 16 percent of U.S. consumers who
purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab device have returned it.
"But today Google previewed the "Honeycomb" version of Android
that's considered better suited for tablets, specifically ones like
Motorola's forthcoming Xoom that has a larger form factor than the
Tab, with a 10.1-inch screen that's slightly bigger than the
iPad's. The Xoom, unveiled at the CES show in Las Vegas last month,
is expected to be released in a few months."
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