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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Not as 'scary' as Windows was and still is
by rklrkl on Sun 11th Aug 2013 09:39 UTC
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Thom seems to be quite panicky about Android's increasing market share, but remember that we've been stuck with an even worse situation with desktops and laptops for several decades now.

Sadly, in 2013, it's still very hard to find an OEM desktop (and particularly an OEM laptop) that doesn't come with either any OS pre-installed or without Windows pre-installed. Microsoft *still* has a massive strangehold on desktop/laptop OEMs, far, far in excess than any "domination" seen in the smartphone/tablet OEM market.

So how come Thom isn't screaming about this frankly awful Windows situation and instead constantly harping on about how Android shouldn't dominate the smartphone/tablet market?

It's very obvious to anyone that Windows did all of what Android is now doing - ofter the OS cheaply (or free) to any OEM who wants it (but offer a certification process - OHA in Android's case - to allow them a logo [or Google apps]), place no stringent hardware restrictions on what can run the OS and allow bloatware to be added. Is it any wonder that we're seeing a shift away from iOS to Android because of this?

Microsoft was so successful at reeling in and keeping OEMs (now with the added threat of losing their volume licensing deals if they stray elsewhere) that the vast majority of desktop/laptop users are trapped in the Windows ecosystem and it's self-perpetuating now ("all my friends and family have got it, so I have to get it too").

We aren't quite in the Windows dismal situation yet with mobile devices - there still is some choice for pre-installed OSes: Android, iOS, BB10, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT are all jostling to some extent at the moment. Yes, we are seeing Android's much cheaper/freer licensing pulling in a lot of no-name "Others" in the stats (as much as Samsung's market share!), but we've still got some years to go until *only* Android has >10% market share (which is the situation we've been in the desktop/laptop market for many years with Windows and the vast majority have now accepted as the "norm", even though it's a terrible situation).

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zima Member since:

Sadly, in 2013, it's still very hard to find an OEM desktop (and particularly an OEM laptop) that doesn't come with either any OS pre-installed or without Windows pre-installed

Really? I just go to (probably the most popular in PL catalogue of online shops), choose category "laptops", tick filters "no OS" and "Linux" and... there's over 300 products (out of over 2000), from major OEMs:;017P8-250094-250095.htm

And that's in Poland of all places, don't tell me your place does anything-technology worse.

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mistersoft Member since:

2 wrongs doesn't make a right and all that.

6 out of 107 offerings offer No OS
(not a great % is it)

only 1 site, so I'm not making much of a point apart from it's not THAT hard to find No OS desktops at least.

But I think the big driver is that with OEM windows included with your purchase, it's just that much cheaper than installed aftermarket windows (and you know that you don't need to worry about updates breaking things or virii and spywares from dubious torrented downloads)

How many of us that would like to run linux/bsd's/other real 'FREE' OSes, still have either a need or a desire to run Windows and or OS X for a chunk of the time..?

And if you have that need, you want probably want it cheap as poss - so might as well have it included with your CPU purchase and relegate Linux to the aftermarket install rather than the other way around..

Finding commercially available dual boot systems is the REALLY hard thing! In fact, is that prohibited by MS OEM Windows selling rules?

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mistersoft Member since:

ps - sorry to go off topic there.

To address that a little, I'd be really interested to know if anyone can track down ANY tablet manufacturers that offer THEIR wares with 'No OS' installed..?

I know quite a few manufacters of development systems offer hardware that will run both Ubuntu as well as Android. but not offered as consumer systems, certainly not without an OS.

It would be really interesting if in the future, a provider step up and created Quality OS agnostic tablet hardware able to run Ubuntu, Android, ...??Windows RT if MS were courageous in the future and opened up the RT platform to competition.(along with opening up the Windows Desktop capability on RT too..) THAT would be really interesting..

If they tank hard enough... maaaybe they might think along those scary lines..

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