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: A disconnect?
by wocowboy on Fri 26th Apr 2013 10:04 UTC in reply to "A disconnect?"
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It's the same "disconnect" we see with the browser statistics for the iPhone as opposed to the rest of the world, Android, etc. Statistics show that 80% of browser use on smartphones comes from iOS, meaning Safari or other iOS-capable browsers, and not from Android. I find this odd as well, but I guess it just means that iOS users actually USE the browsers on their devices while Android uses do not. That says a lot about how people use their devices. Maybe Android users are a tad less savvy, knowledgeable, or dare I say it, sophisticated in how they use their devices? It sure does look that way.

The same thing will probably happen with Android tablets, but we will have to wait and see what happens. There are dozens of what I consider to be barely-useful and even crappy Android tablets for sale, just like there are dozens of crappy Android phones that I as an iPhone user would not have if you gave them to me, but people will buy them because they are cheap and then never utilize all the features. End result is, a LOT of people buy Android devices, but few people actually USE them. That's a simplistic way of stating it, but the statistics are bearing it out.

Edited 2013-04-26 10:10 UTC

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RE[2]: A disconnect?
by ricegf on Fri 26th Apr 2013 15:00 in reply to "RE: A disconnect?"
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Only if "USE" means "browse the web".

The people I know with Android tablets (Nexus, Kindle) use them constantly, but are generally using apps and reading books.

I use my iPad primarily for web browsing, though I have been known to play a game of Words With Friends or Tank Battle on occasion.

It's just how the devices are used that are likely driving the web use statistics IMHO, along with the larger number of legacy iOS devices than Android.

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