Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 10:44 UTC
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A new tipping point in the world of tablets: today the analysts at Gartner have released their tablet sales numbers for 2013, and Android has topped the list for the most popular platform for the first time, outselling Appleā€™s range of iPad tablets nearly twofold. Of the 195 million tablets sold in 2013, Android took nearly 62% of sales on 121 million tablets, while Apple sold 70 million iPad tablets for a 36% share.

In comparison, last year, Apple led the tablet category with nearly 53% of sales on 61 million units, compared to Android at nearly 46% with 53 million tablets sold.

This was always inevitable. Apple won't mind though - they're still raking in the profits.

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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by phti on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 14:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
phti
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Apple sold 61 million iPad in 2012 and 70 million in 2013... of course they're pricing themselves out of this market.

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by ddc_ on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 15:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
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2006-12-05

Apple sold 61 million iPad in 2012 and 70 million in 2013... of course they're pricing themselves out of this market.

Apple's sales grow slower then overall sales. If this is not "pricing themselves out of this market", then what is?

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RE[4]: Comment by Morgan
by M.Onty on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 17:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Morgan"
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2009-10-23

If this is not "pricing themselves out of this market", then what is?


Being choosy whilst the market expands to include people Apple isn't so interested in is what it is.

The resort may be expanding to let in the great unwashed, but Apple's club-reps still have their over-expensive towels on all the best pool-side loungers.

Edited 2014-03-03 17:58 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Morgan
by mkone on Tue 4th Mar 2014 09:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Morgan"
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2006-03-14

"Apple sold 61 million iPad in 2012 and 70 million in 2013... of course they're pricing themselves out of this market.

Apple's sales grow slower then overall sales. If this is not "pricing themselves out of this market", then what is?
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You could also call it avoiding the inevitable race to the bottom.

At some point, Android phones are going to become truly commodity with no differentiation between them at all. The reason this will happen is that at some point, economies of scale will force manufacturers to choose exactly the same components (processors, memory and screens) as their competitors. It will become too expensive to invest in a differentiated Android phone where the market only cares about price.

apple will settle to something like 10-20% of the market, selling phones and tablets with a higher ASP, much better margins, and the Android market will slowly consolidate into a few top players, all of whom will eke out relatively small profits (unless they find an effective way to collude). Essentially, what happened to the PC market will happen to the Android market.

Samsung's efforts with Tizen etc are to try and avoid the inevitable commmoditisation of the Android phone, but they are not getting any traction.

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by Soulbender on Mon 3rd Mar 2014 17:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
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2005-08-18

We have these things called present and future which are distinctly different from the past.

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by unclefester on Tue 4th Mar 2014 02:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
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2007-01-13

An old investment saying:

Past Performance is No Guarantee of Future Results.

Plenty of companies were incredibly profitable just before they went broke.

Even BMW is now introducing cheaper, high volume, front wheel drive models to stay relevant.

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