Without official sales figures from manufacturers themselves, predicting how well - or not - a device is selling is a tricky business and even when we do have manufacturer figure it can be a bit tricky. There are many variables to take into account but one analyst at Deutsche Banks has come up with the figure of 100,000 for the number of Motorola Xooms sold since launch six weeks ago.
The idea is a pretty simple one. The analyst looked at the statistics relating to devices accessing the Android Market, and saw that the number accessing it from a Honeycomb (Android 3.0) devicewas just 0.2 percent. And since the Motorola Xoom is currently the only device available with that version of the software, he calculated the number the Xooms in operations. Now a couple of things should be taken into account here. He compares the number of times Honeycomb devices accessed the Market compared to other versions of the software, over a two-week period. With the Market currently lacking in Android 3.0-specific apps, it is safe to assume that smartphone users would be more likely to access the Market more than those using the Xoom - which could have deflated the Xoom figures a bit.
However, the figure seems to be a reasonable guesstimate of where things stand for the Xoom after launching with the 3G version in the US on February 24, following up with the Wi-Fi version on March 27. The Xoom is only available in the US at the moment, with a UK launch expected any day now. Comparing the Xoom's sales figures to the iPad 2's does not make good reading for Motorola. While the original iPad sold 3 million units in its first 80 days (about double the time the Xoom has been on sale), its successor is said to have sold 2.5million units in March alone.
With Android Honeycomb an unproven platform and Motorola - and others - trying to play catch-up with Apple, it seems as if they have a long way to go before the public place their tablets in the same bracket as the iPad. It was never going to be an easy sell to get the general public on board the Honeycomb train, and these figures seem to back that up.
Source: Business Insider