Motorola only shipped 1 million tablets in 2011

Motorola was one of the first companies to release an Android-powered tablet with the Motorola Xoom. The first version of the tablet launched in February 2011. Later the company released other versions, including a so-called "family edition",  and late in 2011 a tablet with the name the Droid Xyboard was released. However, it looks like the company can't get anyone to buy a tablet from them, no matter what the name is.

On Thursday, Motorola revealed its fourth quarter 2011 financial results and it indicated that the company only shipped 200,000 tablets in the October-December 2011 time period. For the entire 2011 calendar year, Motorola only shipped 1 million tablet products.

Motorola has yet to reveal how many of its tablets have actually been bought by the public. However, its tablet shipping numbers pale in comparison to Apple's sell-through of its iPad tablets, which sold 15 million units just in the fourth quarter of last year.

Motorola had better luck with its smartphone lineup. It claimed that it shipped 5.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 18.7 million smartphones for the entire year of 2011. In the fourth quarter, Motorola launched the Droid RAZR smartphone and will release the Droiad RAZR Maxx and the Droid 4 later this year.

Motorola said it had an $80 million loss for the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to a profit of $80 million for the same period a year ago. Revenues came in at $3.4 billion for the quarter which is about the same as the same period a year ago. For the full year, Motorola recorded a loss of $249 million.

The company is due to be officially acquired by Google sometime in 2012, pending regulatory approval from a number of countries. Google announced back in August it would buy Motorola for $12.5 billion but would set the company up as a separate entity from Google.

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omgben said,
So 2011 wasn't they year for the Android tablet? 2012, then?

Just like how 2008 was the year of the Linux desktop?....

I have a OG Galaxy Tab with Overcome 4 and it does everything I need a tablet to do, I have used iPads, and I dont really see why everyone finds them so awesome... its like a big iPhone. Meh.

I'm surprised. I think the Xoom is awesome. They really need to sell them outside of exclusive mobile contracts.

They have only just come to Vodafone after being with Telstra for a long while. And Telstra was pushing the Iconia pretty hard over the Xoom.

Nashy said,
I'm surprised. I think the Xoom is awesome. They really need to sell them outside of exclusive mobile contracts.

They have only just come to Vodafone after being with Telstra for a long while. And Telstra was pushing the Iconia pretty hard over the Xoom.


In the US, you can buy a WiFi only version. I have one of the launch units and like you, I think it's awesome. Some of my coworkers have an iPad, and it just doesn't seem as polished to me. To each their own I guess.

lol so let me get this straight, this was the once chance they had to beat windows 8 and they sold less tablets in a year than nokia sold windows phones in a month. so much for the android table revolution. move over, win8 beta next month is going to pretty much take all the steam of android as people hold off buying these tablets they didn't want to buy in the first place.

neonspark said,
lol so let me get this straight, this was the once chance they had to beat windows 8 and they sold less tablets in a year than nokia sold windows phones in a month. so much for the android table revolution. move over, win8 beta next month is going to pretty much take all the steam of android as people hold off buying these tablets they didn't want to buy in the first place.

Agreed. I can't see many people getting an Android tablet when they can get one that does everything their PC can... It's really no comparison.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I can't see many people getting an Android tablet when they can get one that does everything their PC can... It's really no comparison.

Yeah, I'm not sure there will be a place any more for Android tablets once Windows 8 comes out. Maybe tablets like the Fire will exist which are technically Android but a completely custom experience.

Windows 8 on ARM with the Metro interface will be a pretty decent iPad competitor (especially if they launch with an awesome Metro version of Office), and Windows 8 on x86 tablets will have the full Desktop experience with legacy software support. I see a lot of the x86 tablets being sold to businesses. Even though they will be more expensive and probably have a bit less battery life the software compatibility will be important.

Slugsie said,
Anyone know how many tablets HP managed to ship overall last year?

close to 2 million but most of them were mostly in a month. it could be more but not less.

"18.7 million smartphones for the entire year of 2011"

Apple sold 37 million smartphones just last quarter. Samsung sold 36.5 million also last quarter.

It's looking like Apple's and Samsung's game now.

Nokia has a decent chance as Microsoft's hardware partner and Motorola may survive as Google's hardware wing.