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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Choice is Good, Open is Great
by ricegf on Fri 26th Apr 2013 15:32 UTC in reply to "Comment by satan666"
ricegf
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Well, I'm all for competition among all vendors. But I personally hope the proprietary competitors fail to gain significant market share, and for the reason you state.

My personal ideal mobile market is three open environments splitting the bulk of sales and thus highly motivated to innovate, with the proprietary offerings collecting dust amongst the occasional thrown chair. Just my personal opinion, of course. ;-)

One proof to me of the value of an open market leader is in Ubuntu's use of the identical Linux kernel as Android, making porting their upcoming mobile product to Android devices far easier than to (say) a Windows device.

This if of potential interest to mainstream consumers as well (should Ubuntu gain traction in mobile), since sharing the kernel and drivers should be more cost-effective for a major supplier to offer Ubuntu and Android than (say) WP8 and Android.

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