Today Motorola debuted a cheaper, kid-friendly version of the Motorola Xoom tablet, the Xoom Family Edition.
The 10.1-inch Xoom Family Edition will be priced at $379 and will be sold exclusively through Best Buy beginning Oct. 16. The Family Edition contains 16 Gbytes of storage and uses Wi-Fi only.
Motorola also bundled a “MotoPack by Motorola” app downloader with the Xoom Family Edition, which performs two functions:
- It pushes apps that Motorola itself has selected for the tablet
- and it ensures that they can run on the Xoom hardware.
Motorola apparently felt it necessary to serve as a gateway to ensure that only tablet-optimized apps are pushed to the Xoom Family Edition. The Xoom Family Edition runs Android 3.1 “Honeycomb”.
The tablet also ships with the Kid Zone by Zoodles app allowing them to only access a range of content that’s been preselected by the parents. The Zoom Family Edition comes preloaded with QuickOffice Pro HD, MotoPrint, and games like Asphalt 6 and Sim City Deluxe.
Inside the Xoom Family Edition is a 1-GHz dual-core processor. On the back, like the Xoom, is a 5 Mpixel camera that can record 720p video.
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