Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Aug 2013 11:24 UTC, submitted by Sameer Singh
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Android tablets browsing share is still relatively low in Europe, but very strong in Asia. Despite the iPad's head start in the market, Android's tablet browsing share has nearly matched the iPad in Asia. More importantly, the overall trend is sharply in favor of Android tablets, which supports the strong shipment performance over the past few quarters.

Good analysis. Sameer Singh compares the growth trend of Android tablets to that of Android smartphones in the past, and it shows that Android tablet usage is actually growing faster than Android smartphone usage did in the past.

At this point, nothing seems to be able to stop Android's total and utter dominance. Not Apple, not Microsoft. Scary.

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Comment by OSbunny
by OSbunny on Sat 10th Aug 2013 12:38 UTC
OSbunny
Member since:
2009-05-23

It is scary because it means Google is going to have a monopoly soon. As big a monopoly as Microsoft has on the desktop OS front.

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by No it isnt on Sat 10th Aug 2013 13:05 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Google doesn't assert their dominance in the same way Microsoft did. Unless the OEM blocks it, you can install a different ROM if you like, and on a tablet you don't really need the Google apps at all.

Of course, an OEM that wants to use Google apps will need to play by Google's rules, which is why Amazon does neither.

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by Nelson on Sat 10th Aug 2013 13:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Google is a different company with a different business model. Not asserting dominance in the same way isn't a sufficient enough standard to hold them to.

I don't think they're being outlandishly nefarious yet, but if it happens, using Microsoft as a measuring stick won't be adequate.

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by WorknMan on Sat 10th Aug 2013 17:37 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Google doesn't assert their dominance in the same way Microsoft did.


Not yet anyway. The last thing I want to see is Android turn into another IE6, which I imagine WILL happen once they've crushed the competition.

Apparently, JBQ had to fight just to get factory images out there for Nexus devices, and more and more of Google's services are becoming non-open with no API to access, so it's already going that direction.

Point being, if you (and I don't mean you specifically) trust Google more than you would MS or Apple, then you're an idiot.

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by WereCatf on Sat 10th Aug 2013 13:50 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

It is scary because it means Google is going to have a monopoly soon. As big a monopoly as Microsoft has on the desktop OS front.


Actually, Android does not equal Google; Android can and is shipped in many areas without any Google-specific applications or tie-ins and as such Google does not have the kind of iron grip on Android as Microsoft has over Windows. It's much easier to break away from Google and still continue to ship Android-devices and that's an important distinction to keep in mind -- it's both a strong point for Android-usage and a weak point for Google.

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by 0brad0 on Sun 11th Aug 2013 05:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Of course it is because Google doesn't tie you into proprietary file formats, protocols and extensions to standards as Microsoft does. That's what causes people to be stuck with Microsoft crap.

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by shotsman on Sat 10th Aug 2013 15:03 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Google is doing this to get more Ad hits. Ad hits mean revenue for Google.

If they get to the point where the ads start going overboard people (like me) will start using AdBlockers and other means to keep the screen clear of crap.

My company intranet has in internet POP in NYC. So are ads for health clinics in NYC are of interest to me? No they frigging well aren't because I am one big ocean away from NYC.
So I use Adblock+. No Ads mean no money for Google. Usingf a 'googliesed' OS allows them to bypass web Ad Blockers. The result is more ad hits.

Frankly, I have a policy of NEVER buying anything that is advertised to me. I wish Virgin Media would take the hint...

I am firmly of the opnion that no one company should be able to dominate any sector once it has matured. the PC sector is mature and is dominated by Microsoft but is shrinking.
The Tablet sector is just about to hit maturity and for Google to have more than 80% of the market is IMHO a clear and present danger. Who is going to keep Google in check? Apple, won't do it. As long as they are making decent profits then they will be happy. Google actually need Apple to be successful...

Isn't life strange?

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by JPisini on Sat 10th Aug 2013 17:00 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
JPisini Member since:
2006-01-24

Google is doing this to get more Ad hits. Ad hits mean revenue for Google.

If they get to the point where the ads start going overboard people (like me) will start using AdBlockers and other means to keep the screen clear of crap.


We have already hit that point and Google has fired back by removing the adblockers from the store. Yes they can be installed other ways but 99% of users have no idea how so in effect Google has won that battle.

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by Lennie on Sun 11th Aug 2013 22:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Google actually need Apple to be successful


Remember when Apple got a large sum of money from Microsoft to keep running ?

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RE[2]: Comment by OSbunny
by zima on Tue 13th Aug 2013 13:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by OSbunny"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Frankly, I have a policy of NEVER buying anything that is advertised

So you never buy ...anything? ;p

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RE: Comment by OSbunny
by dsmogor on Mon 12th Aug 2013 05:36 in reply to "Comment by OSbunny"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

The only bad scenario I could see is that some PHB up Google management circles decides it's time to milk that cow and than make some steaks, bc they can't pay for it forever and the initial plan didn't work.
And that means turning android into ad ridden nightmare until it is so undesirable that people run screaming back to buy Windows.

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