Motorola Shipped a Measly 1 Million Tablets in 2011

Paul Lilly

Big things might be in store for Motorola Mobility if Google's acquisition is able to proceed unabated, but for the fourth quarter of 2011, the mobile device maker posted a net loss of $80 million, albeit that figure is largely the result of write-off costs related to the proposed takeover. Still, it's a complete reversal of fortunes compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 when Motorola Mobility posted an $80 million profit.

Net revenue totaled $3.4 billion in Q4 2011, falling flat compared to one year prior, and $13.1 billion for the full year, up 14 percent compared to 2010. Motorola's mobile device sales didn't exactly light up the charts. The company shipped 5.3 million smartphones in Q4 2011 and 18.7 million for the full year, and just 200,000 tablets during the quarter and 1 million throughout 2011.

Things could change in a hurry. Motorola said it "received very positive consumer response" to its Razr device, and the Google acquisition is expected to close in early 2012, which would give the company an obvious shot in the arm.

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