Motorola Mobility reported its Q2 numbers today, and shed some light on the Droid Bionic in the process. In its Q2 earnings conference call, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed rumors that the Bionic will be delayed until September. Jha did not specify the reasons for the Bionic’s delays, but he did note that Motorola’s earnings will take a hit due to the Bionic’s late launch.
Jha also admitted that the XOOM, Motorola’s first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, was overpriced. The company was forced to cut the XOOM’s initial $800 price at Verizon to just $500, but Jha noted that “we now recognize where the price points are,” and announced that new tablets from Motorola can be expected by the end of 2011.
Motorola did ship 4.4 million smartphones in Q2 2011, in line with analyst expectations while selling 440,000 tablets, beating analyst expectations. Still, the company’s stock was down about 4% in after hours trading.
Owners of the “4G” Motorola XOOM received some good news in their email inboxes today: Verizon’s promised 4G LTE upgrade for the XOOM is finally coming. In September. The upgrade will be free, of course, and will bump increase the XOOM’s wireless browsing speeds by up to 10x.
The XOOM’s LTE upgrade will come about four months late. Motorola and Verizon originally announced that the 4G upgrade would take place in May, 90 days after the XOOM was launched on Verizon. Yet May passed, and until today neither Verizon nor Motorola have provided XOOM owners with any firm timeframe for the 4G upgrade.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Verizon will be providing any compensation for XOOM owners who have been waiting for 4G since may. I’d imagine the company could do its customers right by offering a few free months of service. What’s particularly frustrating is the 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be released in two days, making the Galaxy Tab 10.1, not the XOOM, Verizon’s first 4G LTE tablet.
Motorola released the XOOM Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet back in February, promising owners than an LTE upgrade for the device will be provided at no additional charge within 90 days. However, Motorola later announced that LTE upgrades for the XOOM would be delayed until the Summer, and since then the company has provided XOOM owners with little information about the status of the device’s LTE upgrade.
But it now looks like the XOOM LTE upgrade will be coming soon, according to an FCC application by Motorola that was approved today. The application is for an LTE module known by the FCC ID IHDP56LU2, which will bring LTE capabilities to the XOOM.
FCC documents indicate that the XOOM’s LTE module will be professionally installed, and is not intended for use in any other device, below. Images of the LTE card show a mini PCI form factor, which can be seen in the gallery below. Motorola’s FCC application also includes some images of an LTE XOOM in testing, as well as an updated user manual.
There’s still now word when XOOM upgrades will be available for owners. There are some reports that XOOM owners have received reminders and/or packaging materials for the LTE upgrade, but neither Verizon nor Motorola has officially announced a timeframe for the upgrade. Still, XOOM owners will be glad to see that the XOOM’s LTE modem has received an FCC approval, a good sign that the LTE upgrade process will begin very soon.
Motorola announced its Q1 2011 revenue today, pleasing analysts with a lower than expected loss of $81 million, as well as a positive outlook for Q2. The company shipped 9.3 million devices this quarter, including over 250,000 XOOM Android tablets.
However, the company also confirmed that the highly anticipated DROID Bionic will be delayed until the Summer. The dual-core 4G Android smartphone was expected to launch in Q2 of this year, but according to Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, software problems with Verizon’s 4G network forced Motorola to push back the Bionic’s launch date.
The LTE upgrade for the Motorola XOOM will be pushed back as well. Motorola launched the 3G version of the XOOM in February, assuring users that the device would receive a free upgrade to Verizon’s 4G LTE network in May. However, it now appears that the XOOM’s LTE upgrade will not be available until this Summer.
Motorola’s announced its troubles with Verizon’s LTE network just one day after Verizon’s entire 4G LTE network went down nationwide. To date, Verizon has faced numerous problems with its LTE network. The company’s first LTE phone, the HTC ThunderBolt, was delayed for over a month, and Verizon’s second LTE phone, the Samsung Charge, was delayed due to Verizon’s 4G LTE network outage yesterday. Verizon has been tight lipped regarding its LTE problems, but the many delays of LTE devices combined with yesterday’s outage suggests that Verizon may be facing more complications with its 4G LTE network than originally anticipated.
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Earlier this week, multiple sources reported that Sprint will be getting their hands on a WiMAX version of the Motorola XOOM. But it looks like Motorola won’t be stopping there. Today, a device from Motorola known as the IHDT56ME1 made an appearance on the FCC. This device is described in FCC filings as a “wireless tablet,” and test reports indicate that the device will support GSM 850 and 1900 bands, as well as WCDMA bands II and V (850 and 1900). That means the IHDT56ME1 will support AT&T’s 3G bands in the United States, and assuming Motorola doesn’t have another “wireless tablet” up its sleeves, it’s a pretty safe bet to assume that the IHDT56ME1 is a GSM version of the Motorola XOOM headed to AT&T.
Rumors of an AT&T XOOM first surfaced back in February, when AT&T’s CMO David Christopher indicated that the XOOM will be one of the twelve Google-powered devices that the carrier plans to launch this year. Phandroid reports that AT&T is also exploring the possibility of shared service plans between tablets and phones, allowing users to pay a single discounted rate for both voice and data on a phone and tablet.
So far, AT&T hasn’t released any official news about a XOOM launch, but today’s FCC filing is a good indication that we will be hearing more soon.
BGR reported today that the Motorola XOOM is definitely headed Sprint’s way. The site has received confirmation from multiple sources that the XOOM will be hitting Sprint very soon, with cases for the device already arriving in Sprint stores.
Better yet, the Sprint XOOM will support the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network. That means the Sprint XOOM may be the first version of the XOOM to get 4G. Verizon users will need to wait until May until their XOOMs can be upgraded to Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Sprint has yet to announce a release date for the XOOM, but judging by the arrival of XOOM accessories it appears that the device will be launching very soon. Hopefully, Motorola and Sprint have learned from the Verizon XOOM launch, and will sell the XOOM at a more reasonable price point than the $800 Verizon XOOM.