4G Tablet, Netflix Button: Hot Trends

(New information on Research in Motion's 4G PlayBook tablet and the Netflix button updated in today's Hot Trends article.)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- "4G tablet" is a trending search topic Thursday after Research in Motion ( RIMM) announced plans to work with Sprint Nextel ( S) to launch a 4G version of its PlayBook tablet device in the summer of 2011.

RIM's PlayBook, a 7-inch touch screen tablet, is expected to be one of the biggest rivals to Apple's ( AAPL) iPad.


The company made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


"Netflix button" is also a popular search topic after the company announced on Tuesday that it is partnering with most television makers to add a "Netflix" button to remote controls this spring.

The button will give TV watchers instant access to Netflix ( NFLX) streaming content on Internet-connected televisions.

Netflix plan to add the button to remote controls that operate certain new Blu-ray disc players from a number of companies such as Best Buy's ( BBY) in-house Dynex brand, Memorex, Panasonic ( PC), Sony ( SNE) and Toshiba.


"Electric cars" is another hot search topic following the release of 2010 auto sales data.

In 2010, new car and truck sales were up 11% from 2009, coming in at 11.6 million, automakers reported Tuesday. December sales were also up 11% to 1.14 million.
Chevy Volt

General Motors ( GM) sold 326 Chevy Volt models in December, its first month on the market.

Nissan ( NSANY) reported that it sold 19 Nissan Leaf models in December, which was also its first sales month. Toyota ( TM) saw a 37.7% increase in sales of its Prius with 15,253 units sold in December. Honda ( HMC) sold 906 Civic Hybrids in December 2010, almost double the number of units sold in 2009.


Motorola Xoom is a trending search topic today after Motorola ( MOT) said its new tablet will be available from Verizon ( VZ) during the first quarter of 2011.

The Xoom features a 10-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel high definition display and 1 gigabyte of memory. The tablet will be outfitted with integrated 3G and Wi-Fi capabilities at launch, but Motorola says that users will be able to upgrade to 4G by the second quarter.

TheStreet's multimedia executive Bill McCandless says that tablets running Google's ( GOOG) Android operating system will likely "dominate" the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show this week. He also anticipates that a new Apple ( AAPL) iPad could be on the way as well.


The chatter on Main Street (a.k.a. Google) is always of interest to investors on Wall Street. Thus, each day, TheStreet compiles the stories that are trending on Google, and highlights news that could make stocks move.

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