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6 million Android slates sold so far, Ice Cream Sandwich to make "all apps run great on tablets"

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6 million Android slates sold so far, Ice Cream Sandwich to make
At its sit-down with Walt Mossberg that finished not long ago, Android's Andy Rubin spilled the beans exactly how many Android tablets have been sold so far. He said about 6 million, and that's not counting things like the Nook Color. Last Honeycomb activation napkin formula pegged it at about 4.6 million devices, but a number straight from the horse's mouth sounds catchier.

Six million is pretty healthy but it is not 30 million,” said Andy Rubin. “Obviously we need to get there.” The Android apps that are currently made specifically for tablets are few and far between, it was noted. Android's head honcho, however, countered that argument with the premise that Ice Cream Sandwich is aimed towards unifying the Android smartphone and tablet experience, and therefore all apps will "run great" on tablets.

Andy Rubin also made a detour to explain that he is not worried about Android tablets that look nothing like it, for example the Kindle Fire and the Grid 10's user interfaces. He reiterated that Android has been made an open operating system for anyone to use as they please: “I think it is fine for Google. It is Android. It adheres to the APIs of Android... I don’t view this as some kind of walled garden.” Andy Rubin pointed out that Google can reach a point where it makes programs for Amazon tablets, for example, and that might be a solution to the tablet paradigm as well, helping the Android ecosystem as a whole going forward.

Asked when are we to see Android Ice Cream Sandwich hit devices, Andy Rubin said a few weeks after the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is out in November, although he most likely means updates to phones like the Nexus S, rather than handsets and slates with heavily customized UI like HTC's creations, for instance.

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posted on 19 Oct 2011, 07:52 1

1. burnetet (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


6 million tablets isnt cool... You know whats cool? 6 billion tablets.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:13 1

2. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


they started out to expensive and didnt have as nice build materials and quility for the most part. and peopl are so used to apple Ios. I think that they should have took a loss at first and pushed the numbers out there so the tablits could get more common. I know it makes a difference if your getting somthing thats the same price and is alot thinner except the galaxy 10.1 with a company as well respected in that area of electronics your gona have to beat them with lower price. Even though i think android tabs are really good and come with more options. The transformer was a good idea and at that price of what that sold at the xoom and others could have captured alot of the market. Maybe had more people havbing them gets more accessories and do dads mad for them. Then you can stsrt to atract more developers or even have app store developers make apps for bothe like they do with the phones. Point in that there are far more android phones out as a whole than apple.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 08:32 3

3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


This is where android falls behind ... in updating their devices...why not update all phone's and tablets... results? Happy customer .......

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 13:14 1

4. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Yeah, because everyone with older iPhones who get forced into the new iOS updates which end up slowing their outdated devices makes them a happy customer.

That's probably one of the biggest complaints i've read about with the iPhone... I am jealous though of the ability to just update your device the day the new OS is available, but just "updating all phones and tablets" does not necessarily translate to happy customers.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 05:19

5. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


The G1 on T-Mobile wasn't all that big a seller either. A few years later and...

posted on 21 Oct 2011, 18:53

6. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


In the apple model you control the hardware. It's all the same so updates are easy. Google does not dictate hardware, So it takes additional months for the vendors to update software and................. hardware vendors want to sell new hardware. They don't make money updating old hardware with new software

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