Motorola Atrix And Xoom: Android Dominance

Now that CES 2011 is over and we’ve had a little time to digest just some of the information that came out of it, we can say that two of the biggest hits in Las Vegas were both products from Motorola. They were the Motorola Xoom, which will be the first tablet device running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and the Motorola Atrix 4G, a powerful Android smartphone that really made everybody sit up and take notice.

Recently we told how at the end of 2010 the Android operating system overtook the Apple iOS on subscriber levels with Android now being the leading OS by 1% and we’re wondering if all of the excellent Android devices now coming out such as the Xoom and the Atrix will continue to lead Android to dominance.

If you want to know some of the background to the Xoom tablet which was voted ‘Best in Show’ at CES you can check out more at the links, such as our article on the Motorola Xoom vs. the Notion Ink Adam which we felt were two of the top tablets to come out of CES. You can also see details of a hands-on look at the Motorola Xoom which is set to be hugely successful and is to be carried on Verizon.

Success is also widely predicted for the Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone, which will be carried by AT&T, and we’ve posted articles on that such as specs and video and then a later article that looked at the competition between the new 4G network-enabled phones and the Verizon iPhone 4, a 3G phone, and wondered if people would choose a 3G phone as opposed to a 4G capable phone.

It would seem then that Motorola has everything going for it with these two new Android devices and many might think such products will indeed lead Android to even better and better results, but an article we previously looked at by Sandra Guy over on the Chicago Sun-Times tells us that a JP Morgan analyst feels that the release of the Verizon iPhone could severely damage Motorola’s earnings in 2011. It could also, of course, dent the Android platform. However Sanjay Jha, Motorola Mobility CEO, has previously reported he has every confidence in the company’s newest devices.

Neil Hughes over on Apple Insider also reports that Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu said after checks with industry experts that Verizon will be putting their advertising muscle into the iPhone at the expense of their Android phones. Whether this will be enough to challenge the Android OS in general is not yet known but it will be interesting to see how things pan out.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think the iPhone for Verizon will have any impact on the Android OS, or do you think 4G Android phones will successfully compete. As far as the Xoom tablet device goes will this also boost the Android platform further, or maybe you think an iPad 2 running iOS will diminish sales of the Xoom? Please do send us any comments or thoughts you have on this.