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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Comment by twitterfire
by twitterfire on Fri 3rd May 2013 13:57 UTC
twitterfire
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2008-09-11

IDC results are not very accurate. While many people buy brand name tablets, there are also many millions who buy cheap chinese tablets. You can buy a cheap and decent chinese tablet for as low as 100USD or 75€ if you buy it directly from China or Hong Kong.

Half the price of a Nexus 7 for a tablet with specs as good as Nexus.

Maybe people in EU or US don't buy so many cheap tablets but I bet people in Asia and South America buy a lot of these cheap tablets.

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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by Nelson on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:13 in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
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2005-11-29

Yes, but what's the point? That splinter off shoot ecosystems are selling at dirt cheap prices? Because that's really all the information provided by lumping "Android" and white label devices based on the Android OS together.

I think separating them out gives a good description of what's going on. Google is growing their Android ecosystem, the one with the Play Store. That's good news. I don't know why you'd want to mask that by lumping it in with a zillion chinese tablets.

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