Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jul 2013 16:56 UTC
In the News "According to the CONTEXT data, Android tablets now account for 61.2 percent of the Western European tablet market, more than double the 25.1 percent recorded the same time last year. Apple iOS devices, meanwhile, fell to 37.2 percent of Western European tablet market sales by distribution, from 71.2 percent at the same time last year." This is nothing short of a catastrophic collapse of iPad market share in Europe. Furthermore, "This analysis also screens out the effect of Windows 8, credited in some quarters with helping to drive increased tablet market share and cut into Appleā€™s tablet lead, but in fact with little to no impact, according to CONTEXT." And yes, Windows 8 on tablets is a dud.
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What would be great is if Android device vendors just posted real audited shipment figures each quarter like Apple. It is noticeable that although Google does post device activation figures every so often it does not routinely posts actual device sales figures as part of it's quarterly financial returns. Neither does Samsung.

At the new Nexus 7 launch event two days ago Google reported it had activated 70 million Android tablets to date. Apple have sold around 160 million iPads to date (over a longer period). Android tablet sales appears to be accelerating. The trend in Apple's tablet sales will be clearer in the next holiday quarter when we can compare comparable quarters.

Google posts activation figures because that includes everytime a user tries a new Rom and sets up their account. I like Google and have both an Android phone and tablet but activation numbers are not accurate. I have put maybe 50 Roms on my phone and 3 on my new tablet. I am not 53 people but I am counted as such. It is like Microsoft licenses. I bought a refurbished laptop it came with Windows I use Linux I am still counted as a Windows user even though I don't use the OS that came with the machine.

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