Google’s flagship Android 3.0 Honeycomb competitor to Apple’s iPad appears to have failed at launch, with Motorola Xoom sales estimated by Deutsche Bank to have reached just 100,000 units, a figure far lower than initial projections of failure from Morgan Stanley and RBC.
The first straight up competitor with the iPad, the Xoom had the size and it has the first touch-based operating system. But it simply could not compete. I imagine there will be a lot of cheap Xooms on sale soon.
April was supposed to be the month where competing tablets started obliterating the iPad’s lead. We shall see. Motorola and Samsung are already retooling their ideas. RIM requires a Blackberry to make the tablet useful. The portents do not seem favorable so far.