Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 10:44 UTC
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A new tipping point in the world of tablets: today the analysts at Gartner have released their tablet sales numbers for 2013, and Android has topped the list for the most popular platform for the first time, outselling Appleā€™s range of iPad tablets nearly twofold. Of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Android took nearly 62% of sales on 121 million tablets, while Apple sold 70 million iPad tablets for a 36% share.

In comparison, last year, Apple led the tablet category with nearly 53% of sales on 61 million units, compared to Android at nearly 46% with 53 million tablets sold.

This was always inevitable. Apple won't mind though - they're still raking in the profits.

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Google won't mind either
by BenGildenstein on Tue 4th Mar 2014 16:53 UTC
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Of course Apple will mind, they have a very dangerous competitor that once again is threatening them directly on one of their few SKUs with a proven track-record. Have you checked Google's market capitalization recently? It's climbing incredibly quickly and now stands a whopping $90B above Microsoft and just $60B shy of Apple. This is a stark change over the last year, where Apple's lead was far more dramatic and the disparity between Microsoft's market-cap was far less pronounced.

In the game of investor confidence, this win is significant.

And it's far from over. Google's Android is poised to move into the home with the so-called internet-of-things -- a multitude of devices and appliances that are connected. The competition is not. Android is also going to wearables and vehicles. There is limited movement by the competition in this regard. And Chrome OS is continuing to pick up steam and further encroaching on the traditional laptop markets historical leaders. I wouldn't be surprised to read a future headline that ChromeOS had become the dominant laptop platform.

Say what you want to praise Apple but Google's strategy is proving to be more successful in the marketplace.

Edited 2014-03-04 16:54 UTC

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