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: Comment by Nelson
by toast88 on Sun 28th Apr 2013 14:13 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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The Windows numbers are encouraging

For whom? Sounds like Microsoft is someone we should feel pity for. Seriously, the day Microsoft files bankruptcy, I'll be throwing a party at my house. The trend looks promising.

Android numbers definitely surprised me, but I guess they're doing pretty well for themselves in the sub 10 inch market.

Android devices sell like hot cup cakes. Simply because Android offers greatest variety and options to choose from.

It should also be noted that for the Windows numbers the Surface retail availability

Yes, because Microsoft REDUCED orders:

The Windows numbers are definitely a good vindication of Microsoft's strategy, but much work remains to be done.

The market share counts for the currently sold devices, not for all devices in use. That's a HUGE difference. Overall, the share of Windows 8/RT in the overall tablet market is negligible.

The interesting part I think is that Microsoft caught the tablet wave rather early

The iPad came out in January 2010, the Surface came almost 3 years later. You have a special definition of "early".


Edited 2013-04-28 14:13 UTC

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