Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st May 2013 21:35 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "The Q1 2013 numbers from IDC, a technology and telecommunications research firm who keeps track of this sort of thing, show that Android tablets now lead the market with a 56.5-percent share. The 27,800,000 units shipped in the quarter is a 247-percent improvement from this time last year, when just 8,000,000 units were shipped. It's important to note that this increase doesn't come at the expense of Apple, who shipped 65.3-percent more tablets in Q1 2013 than they did in Q1 2012 - it shows the market is growing, and the lions share of new purchases are Android." While Android's market share growth scares me, it's good that it's not really harming the competition. Also, maybe this will be the carrot for developers to improve Android tablet applications.
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RE[6]: Android is scary?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 2nd May 2013 09:23 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Android is scary?"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

This is demonstrably false, only two of the 20 something licensees are Windows Phone OEMs.


Uh, you do know Microsoft sells more products than just Windows Phone, right?

You're being exceptionally silly right now.

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RE[7]: Android is scary?
by Nelson on Thu 2nd May 2013 10:03 in reply to "RE[6]: Android is scary?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I'm aware. Now tell me why you think that's relevant, along with a list of which specific other products said OEMs use.

As far as I'm aware, the OEMs which lemur was talking about don't do much beyond Windows Phone.

Its really cute how you two try to explain away the almost two dozen licensees, with most of them being in the last few months. Microsoft could sign up 100 OEMs and you'd come up with 100 excuses.

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RE[8]: Android is scary?
by lemur2 on Thu 2nd May 2013 10:59 in reply to "RE[7]: Android is scary?"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I'm aware. Now tell me why you think that's relevant, along with a list of which specific other products said OEMs use.

As far as I'm aware, the OEMs which lemur was talking about don't do much beyond Windows Phone.

Its really cute how you two try to explain away the almost two dozen licensees, with most of them being in the last few months. Microsoft could sign up 100 OEMs and you'd come up with 100 excuses.


LOL. Android is not Microsoft's IP. There is not one iota of Microsoft effort in Android.

Microsoft only get to charge OEMs for Android because they go after the OEMs one by one, and for each one on its own it is less costly to make a "deal" which lets Microsoft continue to pretend that it does have IP in Android. Such a deal doesn't end up costing the OEM much at all because Microsoft offsets it, and the cost of going to court against Microsoft, even given that the patent claims are utterly baseless, is very high in comparison.

Everybody knows this except you, apparently.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/microsoft-samsung-extortion-google...

Google: “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.”

Yes, they used the word “extort”. Wow.


Still, in relation to the thread topic, namely "IDC: Android now leads the tablet market with a 56.5% share", it doesn't matter much in the end. As trends continue and the Windows PC desktop market declines, Microsoft will be reduced to living off a tiny percentage of Android sales, and even that meagre take will dry up in a few years as Microsoft's ageing patents expire.

Edited 2013-05-02 11:05 UTC

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