The Xoom tablet will offer connectivity to Polycom's telepresence platform, allowing users to share content via video.
Motorola Mobility Holdings
and unified communications specialist Polycom have teamed up to deliver Polycom
high-definition personal telepresence on Motorola's Google Android-powered Xoom
tablets, which will be available in the second half of 2011.
The Polycom telepresence
video application on the Xoom tablets is designed to deliver improved
enterprise collaboration and productivity by enabling users to connect and
share content from anywhere via one-to-one or group video experiences. Features
include UC Intelligent Core, which allows businesses like Motorola to extend
enterprise visual communications to mobile users without additional network
configuration, and connection to an estimated ecosystem of 2 million
standards-based video room systems in use currently.
provides tremendous value to our business in terms of improved collaboration
and productivity between our locations," said Walter F. Oswald, corporate
vice president and CIO of Motorola Mobility. "The ability to extend
telepresence to mobile workers via Motorola tablets will further enhance collaboration
with employees in the field and drive greater value and return on investment
for our video investments overall."
The tablet runs a dual-core
processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, features a front-facing
2-megapixel camera for video conferencing and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera
that captures HD video. Desktop accessories for the Xoom include a standard
dock and speaker HD. The Xoom is currently available at Verizon Wireless as a
3G/WiFi-enabled device with a free upgrade to 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution)
technology for consumers in the second quarter of 2011.
"Polycom is excited to
team with Motorola and leverage their innovative device to help enterprise
customers expand workforce mobility and drive standards-based telepresence
further into the business and mobile markets," said Sudhakar Ramakrishna,
Polycom executive vice president and general manager for products and services,
and chief development officer. "For Polycom, this collaboration
demonstrates continued momentum into the mobile market and furthers our
strategy to deliver UC everywhere and drive a network effect and increased
value for customers."
Motorola faces an uphill
battle against competitors like Apple's popular iPad and iPad 2 tablets. As
Apple's recently released iPad 2 flew off shelves at Apple Stores, Best Buy and
other retailers around the country, sales of the Xoom have been weak, according
to analysts' channel checks.
Jefferies and Co. analyst
Peter Misek said on March 11 that Xoom sales have been underwhelming, meaning
Motorola Mobility will likely have to cut production if it already has not done
Despite Apple's current
dominance of the tablet market, sales of Android-powered devices are likely to
catch up by 2014, according to a March 4 report from RBC analyst Mike Abramsky.
By 2014, Abramsky expects that more than 400 million people will own tablets,
with 185 million units shipping in 2014. And while Apple may for now dominate
the field-holding more than 90 percent of the worldwide market share, according
to ABI Research-Abramsky projects that 40 percent of 2014's sales will be
tablets running the Android OS.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.