Motorola Xoom Sales Could be Even Worse than Earlier Estimated

by Monica Samuel on April 26, 2011

Motorola Xoom sales haven’t exactly been impressive. They’ve been moving along sedately and that’s about it. Compare the rate to the iPad 2 … it wouldn’t even be fair to do that to Motorola Mobility at this point.

However, things may actually be even bleaker for the potential iPad rival with Trip Chowdry of Global Equities saying Motorola may have sold as few as 25,000 tablets, according to All Things D. Damn! That’s painful.

Earlier estimates had pegged the sales number at 300,000 by early April, a very slow start if earlier forecasts of 3-5 million Xoom sales in 2011 is to ever come true. But Chowdry believes Motorola only managed to sell 5 to 15 percent of the 500,000-800,000 Motorola Xoom tabs it produced. At best, he puts the number of Honeycomb tabs sold at 120,000. Worse and worse.

What went wrong with Motorola Xoom? There’s no question that the price had something to do with it. Then there were some bugs that weren’t as fixed as quickly as users purchasing a $600 tab with a 2 year contract would like. Honeycomb is exciting as a new Android platform for tablets but it still has a long way to go to become as polished as Apple’s iOS.
Jeffrey Huber, Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, made a statement at Google’s recent earnings call that makes one think that recent Android growth can be attributed largely to smartphones. Motorola Xoom being the only Honeycomb tab in the market earlier hasn’t made a significant impact.
Motorola will be releasing its quarterly earnings soon. We’ll know the exact numbers then.

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