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[4]: A disconnect?
by Tony Swash on Fri 26th Apr 2013 13:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A disconnect?"
Tony Swash
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Nah.

Market share is just recent sales. In recent sales figures, Android tablets have almost caught up with iPads.

Web usage depends on how many tablets are currently in use. Because iPads have dominated the tablet market share for a number of years past, it will still take some number of years yet before the number of Android tablets in use begins to match the number of iPads in use.


Pithy response but I think you are not reading what I am saying.

Firstly the differential in platform performance between iOS and Android extends way beyond web usage and can be clearly seen using many different ways of measuring platform activity (such as ad revenues, video consumption, app revenues, e-commerce activity,etc. BTW I can post links on data sources on those metrics if you are interested). Web usage was highlighted in my comments merely because that of all the indicators for tablets one would expect that one to be most similar across platforms as almost everyone, one would assume, uses their tablets to surf the web.

Secondly Android phones have been outselling iPhones for sometime now and the Android phone installed base at least matches, and almost certainly exceeds, the iPhone installed base by now and yet the same pattern of differential platform performance is quite clearly visibly when comparing Android phones and iPhones.

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