Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Apr 2013 21:56 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "According to new research from Strategy Analytics, global Android tablet shipments have increased 177 percent annually to 17.6 million units. The total number of tablets shipped in Q1 of 2013 was 40.6 million. Since 17.6 million of those 40 million tablets where powered by Android then it means that Android has a 43 percent global share. The other two big operating systems (and their respective eco-systems) in the global tablet market are Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows 8 RT. Apple still leads the race with a 48 percent market share, while Microsoft has managed to go from nothing (since Windows 8 RT is its first real tablet OS) to a 7.5 percent market share by selling some 3 million Windows based tablets." If these figures are even remotely accurate, we're going to see Android dominate the tablet (in market share) too. Not good. The Windows RT figures are a shimmer of hope, though.
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A disconnect?
by Tony Swash on Thu 25th Apr 2013 22:36 UTC
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Assuming that those figures are correct and Android has a 43% market share of tablets why does recent analysis of tablet web usage in the US and Canada show the iPad with an 82% share?

This is not an attempt to argue anything just a genuine expression of puzzlement at the disconnect between the two figures. The high value for iPad web usage is not an outlier but is similar to other measurements of tablet usage particularly web usage. I find it very odd because if there is one thing that one would expect a tablet to be heavily used for it's web browsing.

Any theories?

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