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Motorola Xoom needs a price cut  (Source: Motorola)
Android tablet shipment forecast cut as iPad shipment expectations grow

The tablet market is growing by leaps and bounds and Apple with its iPad is the source of much of that growth. There are a number of Android tablets on the market today, but they aren't selling well and some users are complaining about the Honeycomb operating system and the availability of tablet-specific apps.

Analysts have agreed that the tablets are taking market share from the notebook and netbook, but the outlook for tablets overall has taken a downturn recently. The reason that the estimates for overall shipments by analysts are changing has to do with the sinking popularity of Android tablets. While Android offerings are seeing estimates for shipments cut, the iPad is actually being increased.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek noted about six months ago that the forecast for 2011 tablet sales was 100 million. After a recent poll of consumers, Misek has changed his predictions by a whopping 30% reports eWeek. He believes that 70 million tablets shipped is a more realistic expectation.

Misek wrote in a research note, "We now believe 70 million to be more realistic due to: 1) Android 3.0 Honeycomb needing polishing, and 2) Android tablets that are priced too high."

Misek also thinks that if tablet makers like Motorola and Samsung want to compete with the iPad, they are going to need to take a hit and cut the price. Bill Shope from Goldman Sachs also lowered the overall estimates for tablet shipments in 2011 and 2012. The decline was due to reduced estimates for Android tablets, the estimates for iPad shipments actually increased.

Shope wrote, "Our iPad forecast remains unchanged, though we have lowered our non-Apple tablet unit assumptions by 2.3 million units in 2011 and 2012." He continued, "Meanwhile, we have raised our forecast for Apple's tablet market share to 66.4 percent in 2011 (64 percent prior) and 66.6 percent in 2012 (65 percent prior). Overall, we are expecting 57.7 million total tablets for 2011 and 78.0 million tablets for 2012, versus 60.1 million and 80.3 million previously."

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has also said that for Android tablets to be competitive, they need to be cheaper. NVIDIA has a vested interest in the Android tablet market since his company makes the Tegra processors that many of the newest Android tablets use.

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RE: Working OS
By vtohthree on 5/18/2011 3:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
I am rather anti-ios and pro-android, however I do have to give some credit when due. I recently spent some time with a Xoom tablet and the Ipad2, though the Xoom is pretty much superior in hardware, the Ipad2 seemed to run a bit snappier and smoother overall.

Don't get me wrong, I will still pick the android over the ipad2(in part because of the superior hardware, ie: the screen), but I do admit that ios is a bit more fine tuned and refined than android.

RE: Working OS
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/18/2011 5:29:12 PM , Rating: 2
Except that the Xoom hardware isn't superior:

Between that and the VA display that the Xoom uses, yeah, you're paying more than an iPad 2 for inferior hardware. The Asus Transformer is saddled with Tegra 2 and Honeycomb with its anemic app selection, but at least it is cheaper and has an IPS display.

RE: Working OS
By invidious on 5/18/2011 6:13:49 PM , Rating: 2
Synthetic benchmarks from a clearly biased source. Do you really think they know how to write a proper benchmark for an OS that was released less than a month before that review was posted? You drank too much cool aid my friend.

I have an Iphone 4g and a Xoom. I have more apps on my Xoom than than I do for the Iphone. When I open up the tops apps page on the Apple App store you know what I see? A bunch of apps that are also on the android market.

RE: Working OS
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/19/2011 12:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
Fine, ignore the benchmarks and look at the technical specifications for those GPUs. The Tegra 2 came out way behind schedule and is clearly behind the PowerVR GPU used in the iPad. The discrepancy in benchmarks follows the technical and physical limitations of the respective GPUs. There's a reason why the quad core version of that PowerVR GPU is going to be in the Sony NGP: It's a beast.

But nope, according to you the technicals specifications are also "biased" and there is no way that the much newer PowerVR GPU can be faster than the Tegra 2.

Posts like yours define "reality distortion" :/

RE: Working OS
By invidious on 5/18/2011 6:01:29 PM , Rating: 2
That was the lauch version of the OS. It has been updated and is faster now. Furthermore if you have software performance issues you can always download different software on Android. Everything from on screen keyboard to browser is completely customizable.

And of course you can overclock your Xoom cpu to 1.6Ghz from the stock 1.0Ghz if you want the best speed.

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