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 Deviate_X on Fri 26th Apr 2013 10:40 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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The Windows numbers are encouraging, but id caution against reading into any of these numbers too much. The tablet market is very young so these numbers are very subject to change....

After all the 'surface failure talk' the 7.5% figure is more surprising when you account price, you have to seriously want something if your gonna pay $600 (RT) and $1000+ (Surface Pro).

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by jared_wilkes on Fri 26th Apr 2013 13:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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You're assuming the majority of Windows tablets are Surfaces. That is a very unsafe, unsupported, and unsound assumption.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Fri 26th Apr 2013 15:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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Usage statistics from ad firms which power Windows Store apps point to Surface usage being higher as a percentage than other Windows 8 tablets.

The 3 million number also lines up with numbers we've heard from Surface RT and Surface Pro. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Microsoft sold the lionshare of them.

On the flip side, what gives me pause is the ASP of the devices are rather high which seems to rule out too big of an RT presence.

You're right though, there are no concrete numbers and these shipment numbers themselves should be taken with a grain of salt.

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