Motorola Xoom Sales Estimated at Only 100,000

Ryan Whitwam

Some sad news from the land of Android tablets today. The Motorola Xoom, often lauded as the first real iPad competitor, isn't doing terribly well with consumers. Estimates from Deutsche Bank indicate that only 100,000 Xooms have been sold thus far. For reference, the first iPad sold 300,000 units on day one.

The Xoom is a device powered by Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core SoC, and running Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Google developed a totally redesigned user interface for their tablet OS, but most reviewers reported the software feels unfinished. The other barrier to entry is the high price of the Xoom. For most of its run, it has only been available from Verizon Wireless for $800 off-contract, or $600 with a  2-year agreement.

Deutsche Bank got their numbers by checking Android developer logs to see how many users were running Honeycomb. At this rate, it might take another integration of software before Google's Android OS can really take on the iPad. Assuming these numbers are correct, do you think the Xoom is dead in the water?

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