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Android Headliner: Why Isn’t Motorola Making Tablets?

August 23, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Motorola makes amazing devices, that we’ve been saying for quite a while. Even more now that Google owns them. However, since Motorola was bought by Google in 2012, we haven’t seen a single tablet from them. Prior to the purchase we saw a few tablets from Motorola, but not a lot of anything. There was the Motorola XOOM which was a tank and the XOOM 2 (Droid Xyboard in the US on Verizon). And we do have an event for Motorola coming up, on September 4th actually and I will be there to see what they’ve got to show us. But there’s still no rumors of a tablet. So that leads us to believe that we won’t be seeing one at this event, unfortunately.

Now this could just be a coincidence, but all the companies that do both tablets and smartphones, are the ones with the biggest profits and marketshares. That’d be Samsung and LG. But they also make money in other businesses too like appliances, TV’s, etc. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’d love a tablet from Motorola that was like the Moto X. I really loved the Moto X that they announced last year, and can’t wait to see the next generation of the Moto X. Imagine, a tablet built like the Moto X, at about 8 or 10 inches, with those small bezels and MotoMaker customization. It would sell pretty well, depending on the price point Motorola set. Don’t forget things like Active Display, Touchless Control and other features Motorola launched with the Moto X. Those would be killer on a tablet, in my opinion.

So why hasn’t Motorola made a tablet yet, since Google bought them? Well former Motorola CEO, Dennis Woodside, answered this in an interview earlier this year, before Lenovo was announced to purchase them. They are looking to fine-tune their smartphone business first, then move to tablets and wearables. Which we are looking to see a couple of wearables on September 4th. The Moto 360 is all but confirmed for that event though. Along with another wearable. So hopefully we see them beginning to focus on a tablet or two pretty soon. It’s really the only thing missing from their portfolio now.

It’s already been rumored that Motorola is going to be announcing about 8 new smartphones between now and Christmas. And we have at least two coming on September 4th, And I’m sure a few will be Verizon DROID smartphones. So where are the tablets Motorola? We’re willing to throw money at you for a tablet, even. How many of you out there would love to get your hands on a Motorola-made tablet? Maybe a larger version of the Moto X? Or Moto X2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.