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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RE[2]: shimmer of hope
by reduz on Thu 25th Apr 2013 23:42 UTC in reply to "RE: shimmer of hope"
reduz
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I think WinRT/WinPhone is dead. There was a big hype from my clients to port/develop games and apps for the W8 ecosystem last year, then it died out. By the time I've been to GDC, every fellow developer i talked to felt kind of the same, that the hype died out and no one is interested.

Lack of OpenGL ES 2.0 also makes it more expensive to port games, as you have to charge clients for a writing a completely new backend, so they care even less and the lack of quality apps/games is highly noticeable on the platform.

And honestly, the "metro" interface I don't get why so much hype. In phones, it's like a dumbed down Android, except notifications are much more more annoying, icons are all the same and it probably needs a few more years of polish until it gets to be as usable as the other phones. Blackberry did a much better job with the Z10.

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