Motorola to bring Droid Pro and Xoom to Europe

Motorola Mobility tells the Mobile World Congress crowd in Barcelona that European consumers will soon be able to buy the Android phone and Android tablet.

BARCELONA, Spain--Europeans will soon get a chance to buy two of Motorola Mobility's hottest products this year: the Google Android business smartphone, the Droid Pro, and Motorola's Android tablet, the Xoom.

The Motorola Droid Pro.
The Motorola Droid Pro. Motorola

The company announced today at the Mobile World Congress 2011 here that these devices, which are already announced for the U.S. market, will soon grace the shores of Europe.

The Motorol Droid Pro is powered by Google Android 2.2 and has a 1GHz processor with 2GB of internal memory and expandable external memory with SD card up to another 32GB. The phone also turns into a 3G mobile hot spot that supports up to five other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. It comes with a touch screen as well as a QWERTY keyboard designed for users who like the feel of actual keys. This phone is one of the first Android devices made specifically with business users in mind. And it comes with business-friendly apps preinstalled such as QuickOffice, along with security features, such as integrated VPN and remote wipe.

The Motorola Xoom.
The Motorola Xoom is one of several tablets that run a new version of Android called Honeycomb that's been designed for tablets. Will it slow down the iPad? Maybe. A little. Motorola

Motorola also announced that its 10.1-inch Xoom tablet, showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, will also be sold in Europe. The company will be selling both the 3G/Wi-Fi version of the tablet and the Wi-Fi-only version in Europe starting in the second quarter of 2011. The Motorola Xoom runs on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb software, which is the only version of Android currently designed specifically for tablets.

More coverage:
Android Honeycomb video shows slick tablet OS
Motorola Xoom wins Best of Show. Here's why.

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Marguerite Reardon has been a CNET News reporter since 2004, covering cell phone services, broadband, citywide Wi-Fi, the Net neutrality debate, as well as the ongoing consolidation of the phone companies. E-mail Maggie.

 

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