Honeycomb just got stung in a report to clients by a Global Equities Research analyst.
Analyst Trip Chowdhry says in the document that the firm’s research indicates that Google Honeycomb tablets are struggling, with Motorola’s Xoom tablets sales being extremely weak.
“Google Honeycomb software seems to be the weakest link, as the software is not complete and not fully tested. Honeycomb is unstable and poorly designed, which is raising questions if Google can even get the tablet OS right,” says the March 9 note.
Still, the Xoom, which runs Android 3.0, or Honeycomb, the tablet-optimized version of Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) mobile OS, garnered positive reviews among testers, with many seeing the Motorola tablet as the first true challenger to Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) the iPad.
The criticism of Honeycomb, which Chowdhry calls a “complete misfire,” comes on the eve of the iPad 2 launch, and in the wake of reports of Android’s success in eclipsing iOS and the BlackBerry OS in mobile OS market share.