When Sanjay Jha spoke yesterday (Wednesday) here at MWC he did a nice quick walk though of the forthcoming Xoom tablet and the next version of Android, Honeycomb. During his speech Jha let a little cat out of the bag by saying:
Jha added that the Xoom will bring “video services and music services” via the Honeycomb platform. Although he tried to cover it is now ever so apparent that the Google Music service will be launching with the Motorola Xoom and Honeycomb. Honeycomb is set to debut on a number of tablets including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Acer Iconia tab. We are expecting to see the Xoom next week at Verizon stores.
Last Friday Billboard magazine published a list of Google executives who were believed to be part of the development of Google’s rival to Apple’s I-Tunes store, among those executives was Google’s Andy Rubin. Rubin is of course the godfather of Android.
The I-Tunes store saw 10 billion downloads last February and has caused the music industry to rethink and rehash their digital music structure a number of times since it’s launch in April of 2003. Google was reportedly working on a desktop and cloudbased Google Music store last year that was said to bring music and unprotected films to Android devices.
It looks like Google Music is here. Earlier in the day Elijah Ketchum, 16 year old staff writer for TDG, tweeted that he saw a spot in the Android Market for Google Music.
No matter what we know we’ll see something when the Xoom hits the street later this month.