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Motorola ships just 100,000 Xoom tablets in summer

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Thu October 27, 2011

Motorola Q3 2011 shows tablet sales collapsing

Motorola Mobility pained a dark picture for its tablet strategy with its results on Thursday. The company shipped just 100,000 Xoom tablets in the summer, or less than a quarter of the 440,000 from the spring and less still than the 250,000 from the winter launch. Motorola gave no explanation for the drop.

Its cellphone performance was better but modest. A total of 11.6 million phones shipped, 4.8 million of which were its Android smartphones. The results were much improved over a year earlier, when it delivered 9.1 million phones and 3.8 million smartphones, but was only a modest increase over the spring, when it moved 11 million cellphones, 4.4 million of which were smartphones.

The split-off mobile company wasn't yet profitable and posted a net loss of $32 million, only slightly better than the $34 million the pre-division mobile group lost last summer. Its revenues were an improvement at nearly $3.26 billion. Some of the profit drop came from $18 million in costs related to the proposed Google takeover of Motorola.

Company chief Sanjay Jha pointed to most of the growth coming from outside the US as well as to non-mobile products like its home technology. He put most hope on the Droid RAZR and the merger, but didn't have an update. In a very rare step, Motorola declined altogether to hold a conference call for the results, possibly to avoid questions about either Google or its sluggish tablet sales.

The poor showing for the Xoom has it faring even worse than the BlackBerry PlayBook in recent months. RIM's tablet was already considered in trouble after the company shipped just 200,000 PlayBooks. While Motorola has more overall sales, its performance is in stark opposition to the assumptions it, Google, and Verizon had that the Xoom would repeat the success of the original Droid phone from 2009, including help it was supposed to have had from a Super Bowl ad.

Several factors have commonly been attributed to the Xoom's failure to catch on. A decision to ship only the 3G version first and price it at $800, $70 above a similar iPad, automatically limited its audience. Google's rush to have a tablet-native Android alternative to the iPad also led to promised features taking months to arrive, including Adobe Flash, 4G, and SD card support. Lately, Motorola has taken to cutting the Wi-Fi Xoom to $379 to spur sales and only now has all the features that it planned in January.

by MacNN Staff



  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another one about to bite the dust...

    Looks like Android has become the poisoned chalice rather than the panacea

  1. facebook_Alexander

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    Joined: Oct 2011


    so let me get this straight

    Apple sells 11 million ipads and moto ships 100k and apple only has 75% shipment market share in the September QTR? So this leaves 3.5 million other android tables, allegedly? Where are these other tablets.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Take notice...

    that the Fandroids have stopped touting the Xoom as the great iPad killer. Gone are the comparisons alleging superiority in every aspect. Now the Galaxy Tab is the fair haired White Knight who will save humanity from the evil clutches of Apple's walled garden... until it's distribution is banned worldwide. Every failed Android tablet is quickly replaced by the "real" iPad killer du jour.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Missing Flash

    Maybe they will sell more when they get Flash on the Xoom? Oh, wait, maybe they'll sell more if they dump Flash!

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Their in hiding after looking stooopid running around the net telling everyone this POS XOOM was going to wipe out the iPads! Guess what? You guys were WRONG! LOL

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The problem...

    ...with the "iKiller" mentality is that a major component of it is the idea that when that mythical beast appears it will spell the death of Apple. Except that Apple has had "failed" products before and obviously lived to thrive and prosper.

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