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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RE: Scary?
by kristoph on Sat 10th Aug 2013 20:44 UTC in reply to "Scary?"
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I agree that it is not 'scary' as such. In fact, so long as Android continues to be available in it's 'free' forms (like Cynogen) and there are adequate devices onto which you can install free versions then I think it's great to have Android be dominant.

Android (Mobile Linux if you will) really delivers on the promise that Desktop Linux sort of failed to deliver on the desktop.

I also don't think people will 'switch'. There is simply no incentive to make anything 'better' since Android is free (as in beer). However, that does not mean Android can't mutate into compatible or incompatible version that might gain or loose dominance.

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RE[2]: Scary?
by shmerl on Sun 11th Aug 2013 03:48 in reply to "RE: Scary?"
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Problem is that Android is not what mobile Linux is supposed to be. Real mobile Linux is only in the very beginning. If Sailfish and Ubuntu Mobile will succeed, then mobile Linux will have a chance. Android is completely severed from the desktop Linux.

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RE[3]: Scary?
by 0brad0 on Sun 11th Aug 2013 05:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Scary?"
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The problem with what you said is Linux is a kernel not an Operating System. Saying "mobile Linux" means nothing. You're talking about different Operating Systems utilizing the Linux kernel but they're not compatible with each other.

Edited 2013-08-11 05:37 UTC

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RE[3]: Scary?
by jbauer on Sun 11th Aug 2013 15:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Scary?"
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Yep. That's why it works.

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RE[2]: Scary?
by Soulbender on Sun 11th Aug 2013 17:33 in reply to "RE: Scary?"
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I also don't think people will 'switch'. There is simply no incentive to make anything 'better' since Android is free (as in beer).

Famous last words.

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RE[3]: Scary?
by kristoph on Sun 11th Aug 2013 18:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Scary?"
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I don't mean to belabor the obvious but 'nothing better' has really emerged on commodity PC hardware because, from the OEM perspective, Windows is a reasonably cheap safe bet.

Sure there have been attempts (for example BeOS was far better in it's time) but there was just inadequate commercial momentum for alternatives.

The same situation will undoubtedly occur in the phone and tablet markets where Android will dominate due to the fact that it's free and it has great developer support.

It's possible a company like Samsung or perhaps some combination of APAC companies could launch an alternative but it would be a real uphill battle.

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