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Motorola is expected to launch its XOOM tablet in February 2011 and, according to DigiTimes, they have placed an order for about 700,000 to 800,000 units. If there is greater demand, DigiTimes expects the order to reach up to one million units by the end of the first quarter of 2011.

Interestingly, DigiTimes also claims that Motorola and Samsung are being given special treatment by Google, while competitors, such as LG and HTC, are being left behind. This could explain why Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, originally demoed Android 3.0 Honeycomb on a (then unofficial) Motorola XOOM.

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At this point, Motorola's sales estimates seem rather modest, considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab sold over 1 million units in its first month and the Apple iPad is expected to sell up to 7 million units in the first quarter of 2011. It is likely that once consumers get a taste of Google's tablet focused version of Android, codenamed Honeycomb, running on the XOOM, sales will pick up.

Analysts have already commented that Android's share of the tablet market is set to reach 39% by 2012, closing the gap to Apple's 44% market share. With the Motorola XOOM and numerous other Android tablets set to launch in the coming months, it is conceivable that Android's market share will overtake Apple's sooner than expected.

Credit: DigiTimes

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Joe

    Count me in, baby!

  • Tony

    Can't wait for this, if anything i'll at least be playing with one in the store all day haha

  • Daniel Greer

    Can't wait for the Honeycomb tablets to hit the market. I also like the idea of a wifi only model that isn't tied to a carrier. That would be very cool.

  • epool86

    I'm ready with my money now, hurry up please

  • http://twitter.com/bryanz Bryan

    It looks like they're being conservative with their sales figures but I wonder if that number is tied to price? I hope not because it would be a shame if they priced it too high. I'd expect them to price them competitively to the iPad based on screen size, but who knows what they're MSRP is based on the XOOM's other tech specs.

  • trdracer21

    IM IN LINE NOW I WANT THIS TAB!!!!!

  • Jarl

    720 uk pounds on preorder (including VAT, thats about 900$ for the US, rather overpriced. bootloader probably locked too.

    no thanks!

  • James

    I'll pass. iPad 2, here I come!

  • http://www.teamaguilar.com REO

    yes, android tablets doesn't work