Motorola president says company has no plans to make tablets



It’s no secret Motorola’s first tablet — the late Motorola XOOM — wasn’t the most successful venture ever. It came to market with an outrageously high price tag, lack of LTE (it was later offered for those who didn’t mind shipping their device back in) and a whole gang of bugs. But it was important in that it was the first tablet to champion Android for the big screen. They then followed up with the DROID Xyboard family that was exclusive to Verizon.

We’ve always wondered whether the company would look to introduce another one in more modern times, especially with Verizon having dropped hints of a new Motorola tablet in the past, but it looks like those plans were taken out back and lit on fire. Rick Osterloh, Motorola Mobility’s president, confirmed on Twitter that the company has no plans to create Android tablets (and opted to name drop his parent company Lenovo as a fine source for Android tablets).

A rumor back in 2013 suggested Motorola was going to take what they’ve learned from the successful launch of Moto Maker and the Moto X to provide a tablet with similar qualities (that is, one that is simple, clean and can be made-to-order depending on your style). A lot can change in two years in the tech space, though, and it seems those exciting plans were lost throughout all the hubbub of being bought by Google, then subsequently sold to Lenovo.

That said, it’s worth remembering that “no plans” doesn’t mean plans can’t change. We’re still holding out hope for Motorola to make a comeback in the tablet space, but if you’re somehow still waiting for a new slate from the company after four long years then it’s safe to say you should look to move on. We hear that Nexus 9 is pretty darn good.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I have a Motorola Xoom running cyanogen right now if anybody wants to own a piece of nostalgia. I think the value just went up. act now!

  2. I had a Xoom “4G”. I bought it not because it was an android tablet but because it was supposedly the first to get LTE on Verizon. What a farce that was. I had sworn off all things Moto because of that damn tablet until I got the N6.

  3. April fools day joke maybe?? I foresee them creating one and calling it the Mo-Pad

  4. or u could consider the nexus 6 a more compact tablet that has access to just about every app on the play store, as well as phone functions. Its a 6″ screen so i dont see y not.

    1. I wish you could swap between “phone mode” and “tablet mode” on the N6. That would be a great feature!

  5. No big deal… tons of options on the market.

  6. Probably wise, at least for now. The tablet market has been experiencing a bit of a decline lately.

  7. Man I miss Google ownership and Dennis Woodside, he had his finger on the pulse. This new moto has its finger up its rectum -Me yesterday Phone arena

  8. I loved my Xoom,It was literally a Nexus device running stock Android and I got numerous updates in a timely fashion.
    I had the WiFi only version,Yes it was heavy and clunky but it lasted me 2 years and paid for itself!

    1. Agreed man. I loved my Xoom too, and I had the Verizon version that I did ship back to get LTE added to it. At the time I had an unlimited data plan on VZW. Road trips using the Xoom for maps/nav and as an entertainment hub were epic. Great device, I don’t care what the tech media peeps say.

      1. Cool Zach

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