Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, demoed a prototype Motorola tablet at the Dive into Mobile event in San Francisco.
Few specifications of the device were disclosed, with Rubin only confirming that it was running an early build of Android Honeycomb - widely believed to be version 3.0 - and was being powered by an Nvidia dual-core 3D processor.
The tablet was also shown to be missing the four customary Android face buttons, which have been moved onto the on-screen interface.
The Android Honeycomb interface looks more reminiscent of a desktop operating system and Google has been working to ensure that it works well on the tablet form factor, Rubin noted.
Google has added new APIs to Honeycomb that allow an application to split its functionality to multiple views. On a phone, those views will follow one after the other, but on a tablet they will all be viewable side-by-side.
The Gmail client demonstrated this with inbox contents and individual email messages displaying alongside each other - much like the iPad does currently.
A revamped version of Google Maps was also premiered, which showcased the 3D capabilities of the device. Users will be able to zoom in to see buildings and tilt and rotate in a 3D view.
Google no longer uses tiles but vectors, meaning that users can load up entire city maps even when out of range of signal. The app is due to come out on smartphones in the coming days, according to Rubin.
No pricing details or release dates were confirmed.
The announcement comes one day after Google revealed that it was re-entering the smartphone market in partnership with Samsung. The Nexus S smartphone will be the first device to come preloaded with Android 2.3.
However, the timing of the launch has surprised analysts as it is to be brought to market just five days before Christmas.
With Google already releasing the Nexus One in conjunction with HTC, gearing up for a launch with Samsung and now showcasing a Motorola tablet, the firm appears to be keeping good relationships with multiple vendors.
See Andy Rubin demonstrating the tablet below :
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