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.