Uh-oh. If this report from DigiTimes is accurate then it would appear that manufacturers are acting hesitant in putting their Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets on the market. They cite the Motorola XOOM’s expected poor sales and a lack of a compelling software ecosystem. (Honeycomb launched with under 20 tablet-specific apps.)
Even ASUS – who was getting on a role with their Transformer marketing campaign – has reportedly delayed it in several regions. If true, I’m neither the least bit surprised nor mad at any of the OEMs. While I believe the Motorola XOOM is a fantastic device, I can’t say I’m confident it has done as well as – say – the iPad and iPad 2. In fact,
I can’t confidently say it’s done “good” or “decent”, in fact. But just as we saw with the phone market, Honeycomb may just need a bit more time before OEMs catch on and before the market – both apps and hardware-wise – really explode.