Motorola Solutions on Tuesday announced its new tablet for the enterprise market at the second APAC Developer Conference in Malaysia. The Motorola ET1 tablet will cost USD1535(RM4,800) per unit and will be available at discounted price in bulk purchase.
(Paul Blinkhorn, Vice President, Channels, Motorola Solutions with the ET1 enteprise tablet)
According to Luis F. Llamas, Director of Product Management, the ET1 is several years in the making as the company wants to give customers what they want.
Scheduled to be available from the fourth quarter of 2011, the ET1 tablet runs a customised version of the Android 2.3.4 operating system with Enterprise support. Luis claims that Motorola opted for this version of the Android instead of Android 3.0(Honeycomb) because Android 2.3 is the last open source software of the Android OS. He added that Android 3.0 and above are no longer open source.
The customised version of the Android 2.3.4 in the ET1 offers enterprise class WLAN security, 256-bit AES encryption for its file system, multi-user login among many other features. Motorola said that it will continue to support ET1 and Android 2.3.4 with 1-2 bug fixes a year for up to 6 years. More details of the ET1 can be found here-“Motorola ET1 Enterprise Tablet Unveiled“.
Paul Blinkhorn, Vice President, Channels, Motorola Solutions said that the world’s mobile worker population will grow from 920 million to 1.19 billion by 2013. “Out of that number, 750 million will be based in Asia-Pacific excluding Japan,” he added.
The first version of RhoElements will provide support for the Motorola enterprise tablet (ET1) and Motorola mobile devices running Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Windows Embedded CE 5 and 6 and Windows Embedded Compact 7.
Motorola did not want to comment when asked about support for iOS, BlackBerry and Android. However the company said that 10 million worldwide or 50% of its install base runs Windows.