Today, the Apple iPad 2 will be made available for purchase at Apple Stores, AT&T, Best Buy and Verizon retail outlets. The hype surrounding this release is growing in a way that no other product in the tablet industry has managed to create and its popularity is still on the rise. While the iPad 2 has created the impression that it is the only player on the block, Android tablets which have come up at around the same period have been left struggling to touch the proverbial hem of apple’s dress. One of the best example of this phenomenon is the Motorola Xoom, it was a tablet which had received great reviews and had comparable specs to those of the first iPad with some people even claiming that this was a genuine “iPad Killer”, however it has now faded away to oblivion and that too without anyone paying it the slightest of attention.
The latest news from Motorola conveys bad news for the Xoom, it seems that the tablet is not selling well even after being much hyped up as a stern competitor to Apple; it has not managed to live up to its claims. However, this is not something entirely unexpected either with the Xoom having hit the shelves at around the same time when Apple was sending press invites for the iPad 2 launch and much of the world’s attention had been turned to the latter. ZDNet have released a report which says that the sales of the Xoom have been underwhelming to say the least and that too after the product boasts of a better resolution screen and a faster processor than both the iPads feature. Some other things and issues which are being touted to be responsible for Xoom’s demise are some issues which crept up in the Android’s third edition Honeycomb and also that the tablet didn’t provide native Flash support at its launch.