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[5]: A disconnect?
by lemur2 on Fri 26th Apr 2013 14:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: A disconnect?"
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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.

My own use of my Android tablet is to: render video and audio multimedia files, use as an e-reader and to surf the web.

In the first use case, I find Android is better because it does not depend on iTunes or similar. It covers more multimedia file types. In the second use case Android works fine, I cannot speak for iOS. In the third use case I am told that Safari is great on an iPad, and I agree that the Android browser and Chrome for Android has issues, so I have been using Firefox for Android, which is the only solution I have found so far on Android which allows ad-blocking. I think Firefox on Android may begin to get more market share in the near future.

I know personal anecdotes don't count for much, and my experience with iPads is admittedly a little sparse, but so far I haven't really had any issue with Android tablet usability, given the constraints of using a tablet. Having said that, and so bearing in mind that caveat, nevertheless I think that once word-of-mouth really takes hold, a lot of people with a "lukewarm" interest in getting a tablet will latch on to the cheaper Android tablets that are starting to come out. For a lot of people an iPad would be a purchase much harder to justify.

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.

Phones are a different use case, and a different issue. We are not talking about phones here.

Edited 2013-04-26 14:03 UTC

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