Originally Posted by poke
How on Earth is the Xoom "more like a mobile computer"? Is it because you can add widgets to the homescreen? Is that it? Because that's literally the only difference they've shown so far.
It helps you read about android news on a site that's not named (apple) insider. I know they post a lot of crap about android, but that doesnt mean they know what they're talking about.
-First off, the device has a full browser. Not a mobile one. What this means is that it has tabs, bookmark syncing, incognito mode, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if an update to the browser activated the Chrome web store for it. This is a very big difference from a mobile based browser blown up to a bigger screen (like on the Tab or ipad)
-Chrome style notifications. These are essentially widgets, different from what's found in android, and a lot more fitting to the tablet form factor.
-Multi-tasking switcher similar to what you have on a computer. You can see what you have open (not just app icon) and if something is running in the background, you'll see it.
-Actionbar. Again, acknowledging that it's a tablet not a phone screen, so having common tasks on screen instead of hidden in pop-ups or sub menus (you'd call this the settings menu under the gear)
-Drag and drop support in apps, full clipboard/multi-select functionality.
Then there is the UI (including the widgets you know about) that were designed for a tablet sized device initially and aren't just larger versions of their phone counterparts. This is important. iOS is consistant across devices, which is a boon for marketing, but it also has it's own frustrations. Google's trying the different approach by trying to take advantage of the new features a tablet form factor provides beyond multi-panes and pop-up menus.
We'll have to see how their take works, but for that we need reviews up.