Xoom 2 already in the works?

The Motorola Xoom was just recently released and has received a mostly positive reception. There are now rumors that Motorola is already working on a second generation Xoom that may be released as early as the end of 2011. It seems that Motorola is reducing the number of tablets being requested each month from a high of 500,000 in March. While the company will be receiving nearly one million units in the first quarter, orders placed for future months drops to 300,000 and according to DigiTimes, there are no orders in the pipeline past June.

A new product release this quickly into the cycle would be very unusual. It's also unknown what new features Motorola would look to add to a new Xoom, although it's possible that the company is simply looking for ways to reduce component costs and streamline production and not release an actual upgrade to the current tablet. The article mentions that the demand for a non-iPad tablet is still an unknown at this point in time, so it's also possible that Motorola is reducing output due to lack of demand. However, based on the constant advertising of the Xoom it's hard to believe that the company will abandon their product this early in the game, even before the WiFi version has even been shipped.

We will keep our eyes open for any other clues that explain the drop in order requests and are open to any theories you may have.

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alexalex said,
Will Motorola "Samsungnize" XOOM owners (like Smsung did to original Galaxy Tab buyer ? )

Well Motorola is pretty good with keeping its phones up-to-date (unlike Samsung). So I hope the same carries over.

SharpGreen said,

Well Motorola is pretty good with keeping its phones up-to-date (unlike Samsung). So I hope the same carries over.
When your device has everything, there isnt much to update. Apple is always updating beacuse they are always behind.

TechieXP said,
When your device has everything, there isnt much to update. Apple is always updating beacuse they are always behind.

So are come there are no thousands waiting hours in queue to buy the XOOM ?

Euphoria said,
Fixing up the hardware and software issues. Thank you to all the beta testers that volunteered.

What hardware issues?

Haha, why would there be any surprise here? If App can have a tentative release date for the next gen of iPad before the upcoming one is released, why can't Motorola have plans for a new Xoom?

smartin0115 said,
Haha, why would there be any surprise here? If App can have a tentative release date for the next gen of iPad before the upcoming one is released, why can't Motorola have plans for a new Xoom?

Well the people that got screwed are the early adopters that shelled out $900 and a two year contract, and now are stuck with an "obsolete" hardware. I just hope that Motorola keeps providing software and hardware support for those units. A co-worker of mine got it and he is furious...
Also, it's highly unlikely that Motorola will be giving any cash back for early adopters to switch to a new build, as Apple did....

Competition it's always good! I really hope they bring down a little bit the prices. The specs are and will be really good.

In the other hand: why still can't get one freakin' iPad 2, seems like they vanished from the existence.

A Xoom 2 isn't needed to make things better. Honeycomb is the culprit for the problems with the Xoom. It's as though Google took everything that works with Android and threw it out the window and went with one of the most poorly designed, least intuitive interfaces I have ever seen. I'm on my second Android phone and even I can't stand Honeycomb and it's interface.

Gonna have to disagree with you there. I love the flow of it. The PC feel it brings to the table. I think Honeycomb's sleek, and I like that it doesn't try to be cute. I've had Sense and currently have stock 2.3. The problem is price and Nvidia's cheap a** Tegra 2. The Tegra 2 had a chance to compete with the A5--both chipsets are built with Cortex A9--but Nvidia decided to manufacture it for 66% more than Apple.