Quick question: what's the one thing you should absolutely, positively do any time you trade in or return a piece of used tech? Answer: wipe the hard drive. If you already knew that, you might want to spread the word to your friends and neighbors, because Motorola forgot to wipe the info off of a bunch of used Xoom tablets it recently sold to enthusiastic Woot.com buyers. Oops!
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.
When the weather gets cold and the skies turn grey, we usually get a hankering for something warm to eat. Hot cocoa, anyone? But our tummies are rumbling for something a bit cooler in these early days of winter: delicious Android-flavored Ice Cream Sandwich. Just last week, Asus’ Transformer Prime received the new OS, and now, an oldie-but-goodie is getting in on the action: the Motorola Xoom.
A little over a week after pictures of Motorola's Xoom 2 tablet were the leaked to the Internet, the mobile device maker went and got all official by launching two refreshed Xoom slates in the U.K. and Ireland: the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition, both of which feature a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Corning Gorilla Glass, a splashguard coating, and Android 3.2 (Honeycomb).
When the Motorola Xoom was first announced on Verizon Wireless, one of the main points used to justify the high price was the future addition of LTE 4G data. Well, after six months of waiting, Verizon and Moto are reporting that all system are go for the upgrade to get under way tomorrow, September 29th.
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.
It seems premature to start thinking about a Xoom tablet, but with the recent emphasis on ultra-slim tablets, maybe the time is right, after all. There are reports that Motorola's planning to reduce orders for its Xoom tablet beginning in the second quarter of this year, suggesting that a follow-up act is on the way.
It's been a long wait for Motorola to drop its Wi-Fi only Xoom tablet, and those living in Canada will have to hang tight just a little bit longer. Motorola on Monday announced it will begin shipping and selling its Wi-Fi Xoom slate to Canadians beginning sometime in April, though stopped short of offering up an exact release date, or price for that matter.
While Motorola didn't want to get into pricing details, you can find the Xoom for pre-order on both Best Buy's and Future Shop's Canadian portals, with each one offering up the Wi-Fi tablet for $600, the same price as here in the States.
"Motorola Xoom brings PC-like power to a tablet, providing consumers with an easy-to-use, lightning fast experience designed with fun and productivity in mind, and we're thrilled to bring it to Canadians," said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, Motorola Mobility.
Likewise, Canadians should be thrilled to have access to a viable alternative to Apple's first and second generation iPad tablets. As we noted in our review, the Xoom has a shot at being an iPad killer, but it's critical to get the Wi-Fi only version out there in the wild for people have no need or desire for the 3G radio, which carries a pricing premium.
If you've been following our coverage of Motorola's Xoom tablet and watched our "Motorola Xoom: 5 Killer Features, 5 Frustrating Faux Pas" video, then you know that one of our biggest gripes is that there is no Wi-Fi only version available for sale. To jump on the Xoom bandwagon, you have a buy a 3G ticket, as well as pay for a month of service up front. What's an enthusiast to do who has no need for 3G? Wait a couple of weeks.
It didn't take long for most stores to sell out of Apple's iPad 2 during its launch weekend, and if you try ordering one online at Apple, you're looking at having it shipped in "4-5 weeks." That's in stark comparison to sales of Motorola's Xoom tablet, which have been underwhelming, according to at least one analyst. The reason might have to do with Honeycomb.