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Android now at 30% of tablet market

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Android now at 30% of tablet market
Statistics from Strategy Analytics are showing that Android tablets are making just as fast a move in market share as Android phones had before. New statistics show that Android tablets held 30% of the market share in Q2 of this year, as compared to just 2.9% of the market in the same quarter last year.

Of course, in Q2 of last year, there were really no big name Android tablets on the market. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, which really started the Android tablet wave, wasn't released until November 2010. So, in Q2 the Android tablet market was made up mostly of devices that had no access to Google Apps or the Android Market, which have never had that much commercial success.

Unfortunately, the statistics also don't make any distinction between Android tablets using phone versions of Android, and those running the official tablet version, Honeycomb. Given that the latest numbers from Google say that Honeycomb is still less than 1% of the Android OS distribution, obviously the majority of Android tablets in the market are running what is really the phone version of the OS.

How do you think the numbers will look at this time next year?

source: BGR

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posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:12 20

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I told everyone this, it is only a matter of time before Android tablets would creep up like the Android phones did. Android is a OS that the masses are embracing. I am telling you guys this, iOS is getting boring to the masses. It's the same thing since 2007. Android is fresh and clean. Google consistently is updating the OS. People recognize this & like the TLC Google gives their beloved Android. Apple keeps force feeding iOS's old crusty goods & the masses are starting to get fed up. It's only a question of when Android's Honeycomb will be #1 in the tablet market like Android already is in the mobile market. Wait until Android Ice Cream Sandwich gets rolling.......
iOS 5 yeah Apple good luck with that! Same old same old! lol

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:19 3

67. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Android will be #1 when developers start choosing it first instead of iOS. That hasn't even happened on the phone side of things, where Android easily outnumbers iOS devices. Until that happens, all Android will be is the most accessible OS, available everywhere at every price point. Most widely used != best.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:36 6

71. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, you just contradicted yourself.

android IS number one on phones, regardless of how u feel about developers.

Open source trumps closed source every time. Its inevitable.

Concidering Android tablets have only been in the market for really less than a year and theyve already chunked 30% of the market, that doesnt really bode well for the competion.
I guess Stevey better start doing something more than minor hardware updates and adding 1mpx cameras to keep his market share.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:55 1

74. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You mean like how Linux beat out Windows and Mac OS? I'd like to know where you get the impression that open always wins in the end because it's never happened before.

When I was referring to "#1" I was referring to which is the best. The best platform has the best developers behind it and that's iOS. The best in sales isn't always the best available. I'm sure you'll use that argument for the iPad and then ignore it when talking about Android handsets.

It's funny you should mention incremental upgrades because that's literally all that happens on Android:
"My phone has a 1.2GHz dual core processor, that beats the pants off your crappy

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:57 1

76. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Darn it phone arena...cut out the bottom of my post.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 21:27 2

92. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


concidering linux has no advertisement support and you have to be kinda geeky to use it well, its actually doing quite good.

Oh yea, and Mac OS and Android are both based on linux. Dayum. I guess Linux is doing GREAT.

does any steadfast iBot have any idea about anything? lol

If you think going from the single core phone to a dual core 1.2 is an "incremental upgrade" you have no idea about processing power. Its an "exponential upgrade"

No, iphones upgrade from 650mhz to 1ghz was an incremental upgrade. And by the time they did it, 1ghz was already pretty much mainstream.

Best is also subjective, u should refrain from using it so much. :) You cant win an arguement on "best" because its an opinion.


Oh yea, and america beat the soviets in the cold war.. free market vs socialism/communism. open vs closed. There is a reason we are the world's only super power (at least until china catches up).. We have the biggest free market (and one of the only truely free markets) left in the world.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 23:23 2

97. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Mac OS is based on Unix, not Linux. It's not surprising you can't tell the difference though.

And your capitalism/communism analogy doesn't really make any sense. Open source would actually work much better in a socialist/communist state where the lack of a capitalistic incentive would encourage the sharing of code.

Processor upgrades like you just described are in no way exponential. To add insult to injury, there's practically nothing Android offers that takes advantage of the hardware in the first place.

You just cant get anything right can you?

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:48

104. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@stealthhd. You're way too smart for remix, hahahahaha.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 10:09

118. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it is the capitalistic incentive that encourages sharing of the code.. we call that liscencing fees.
regardless of what u want to believe, people are selfish. They arent going to bust their butt to give stuff way. Communism has never beaten capitalism and never will. There is a reason for america's meteoric rise to power while socialist countries keep crumbling.


UNIX is an Open Group specification while Linux is an Open Source kernel designed for an Open Source UNIX clone: Gnu/Linux

Linux is born from Unix. My wording may have been incorrect by my point still was.

Yup, definitely too smart for me.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 20:03 1

89. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


The only reason is because android has 5457698663146 tablets...

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 02:01

100. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I think your numbers are a bit underestimated

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:13 11

2. CaptK (unregistered)


just wait for apple to file another lawsuit because android is up 30% in tabs

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:32 9

5. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@captk. And Apple will sue android tab makers for sure. They should let the copycats get away with this :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:36 14

7. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Exactly.. I mean - The transformer looks just like the iPad!1111oneonezero. It may be in widescreen format, with superior resolution, processor, have 600x times more Advanced OS, not to mention widgets and live wallpapers, better cameras, memory expansion slots, a dock with a keyboard and a battery on it with USB exits, and it's 100$ cheaper for the base model - but noooo - it looks just like an iPad!!!11oneone.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:42 7

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@ilia. Who said that those are the things that Apple will sue them for? Lol. Always remember this. Copying is not limited to hardware alone, but software as well :) Just wait and see.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:45 8

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)


lolz I wanna see Apple try to sue Asus for the transformer. Asus will eat them for lunch.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:59 7

16. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@ilia. I'm sure Apple's legal department is already looking into it. Not saying that they will sue or who they will sue. But they will if they see that there's infringements going on.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 15:46 9

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What bogus BS! 530gemini how on Earth do you know what Apple's legal team is doing? Now I know you are so full of sh*t. lol 530gemini is Apple's legal teams official iSheep mascot! lol

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 16:04 8

34. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@superfandroidevo. And how on earth did ilia know that Apple is going to sue Asus? Lol. I was simply replying to his unsupported comment. Maybe you fandroids should watch your comments first :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:56 1

75. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I dunno.. how many major hardware manufacturers can Apple alienate with its sue happy nature? Asus is a major manufacturer of quality parts, they are probably chomping at the bit to sue them for something.. lol

"we invented computer parts too!!" - Apple

Apple sues to protect marketshare, not IP.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:55

86. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. Ummmmm, who made the most profit again? Who sold the most tablets again! Who sold the most smartphones again? Why it's Apple, the ipad and the iphone :) And look who's upset because Apple is so successful? YOU, hahahahahaha.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:18 6

51. AppleFUD (unregistered)


yeah, kind of like how Apple copied the grid of icons. . . . . . what else does iOS have that's unique other than the grid of icons that's been around since the Xerox Star and Palm?

Oh, that's right. . . a launcher. . . no wait, that's been around for a while. Oh yeah, they invented multi-touch. . . no, wait that's been around for 30 years.

Rounded corners?

Oh, I know!
A logo of an apple with a bite out of it. . . .
No, wait I've seen that in history before too. . .
damn. . . I know they did something first. . .

Stole the GUI form Xerox. . . yeah, that's it.

Apple, innovating by stealing others' ideas and claiming them as our own. . . and our iSheep will bleat out that we were the inventors because they are that stupid!

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:26 2

55. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@applefud. And what did google make first? Oh yes, NOTHING, because they're just waiting for what's next with Apple and copies it :)

Apple didn't steal anything. They innovated. But of course since you're just a pathetic hater, everything about Apple was stolen eventhough they own tons and tons of patents :)

Apple rules, and there's nothing you or your hate can do about it :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:00 1

77. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


google maps, earth, goggles, +, advanced internet searching, on and on and on...

Lets be honest for a second gemini. Google has made products that have bettered all of humanity in the information realm. Google IS data search and categorizing.
Apple makes over priced toys with shiney logos on them.

If the world had to do without one of the companies and all their inventions, who do u think they would choose?

And btw, Stevey Jobs did steal his original OS designs from xerox. Your fanboyism cant change the fact that Jobs is a notorious theif in the computer realm. You can try to demonize everyone else all you want, but you are defending the OG of computer theivery.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:29

80. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. I didn't know google invented the map, hahaha. Oh I know, they just put google before maps and it's now their invention, lol. What? Internet searching? They just copied Yahoo, and now they invented the search engine, lol. When google innovates, it's an invention, but when Apple innovates, it's stealing. Nice one fandroid.

You want honesty? Then be one. Look at the smartphones before the iphone came out? They were frustrating to use. It was the iphone that took smartphones to a new level, not google. Apple has been making computers, google is an advertising/search engine. Obviously, Apple has the experience in computing devices, not google. And you dare say Apple makes toys? Hahahaha.

Apple innovated. Google is the one who stole Apple's ideas. Want proof? ITC just favored Apple against HTC that jeopardizes all of google's android devices. Just wait and see. Google is the thief, not Apple, and the courts agree with me :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:15 2

65. box (unregistered)


Your comment is full of win. I'd uprate you if I could

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:16 2

66. box (unregistered)


That was @ AppleFUD

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:47 7

11. doubler86 (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


ya 530gemini and then Lenovo will sue Apple for copying the original tablets that apple copied to make their own. After all business have been using those for over 10 years now. I'm sure you knew that of course.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 14:02 6

17. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@doubler. Suing is anyone's right if they think that any of their protected patents are infringed.

Are you implying now that Lenovo started this touchscreen tablet trend, and not the ipad? Lol. Who dominated the tab market again? Oh yeah, it's Lenovo, hahahahahaha.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 14:15 6

20. doubler86 (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Umm Lenovo DID start the touchscreen tablet, I was implying that you really don't know much as most people on this site would agree.

And you can lol all you want when by the end of the year Apple will no longer be dominating the tablet market. So sad it had two years on android before the G1 came out. It lost the phone battle and now only a year out and its going to lose the tablet battle

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 16:09 6

35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@doubler. Which Lenovo product are you talking about? You're so full of it. Was it before Apple's newton?

That's where you are wrong again. Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market. And how can you say that Apple lost the smartphone battle. Apple has just surpassed Nokia as the number one smartphone manufacturer. Sometimes I really wonder if fandroids really live in this planet, lol. Seems like they have their own reality taken from somewhere else, hahahahaha.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 16:22 4

39. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


@530gemini

Android surpassed Nokia in Q4 last year in sales. Apple just did so, as well.

Android will take more market share than Apple in the tablet market.

Please don't pretend to be blind - Android phones have more market share than the iPhone.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:38 1

60. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@dionddc. Android is an os, not a company, lol. You keep referring android as if it's a company. Android does have a larger market share than iOS, but it is an effort of 10 different OEM's, whike iOS is only from 1 company. Why do you think Apple makes more profit than any android OEM's? Lol. Trying to be sneaky huh.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 01:28

98. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


@530gemini You don't get it. Profit means nothing compared to market share in business.

Your way of arguing is flawed. You see, when customer satisfaction reports get launched - you're all over it with iOS getting higher customer satisfaction than Android phones (even though that takes into account low-end models as well).

So realistically, if you want to play that game - you can play it here as well.

Here, Android is WINNING market share, and iOS is LOSING market share. You can't switch the rules man.

It's not longer about companies - it's about ecosystems. That's why Macs were never able to keep up with PCs, because the Windows ecosystem was much larger.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 12:56

105. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@dionddc. Profit is everything to businesses. They're all businesses. How can you say that profit is nothing? Is that you're excuse because they're not making big profits like Apple is? Lol.

What good is a bigger market share when your quarterly results aren't impressive? Lol. You think the stock market doesn't know that android market share is comprised of multiple companies? Lol. Fandroids are sneaky :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 16:35 4

43. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Maybe in smartphones but not in over all phones. That will go to Samsung my blind iSheep friend!

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:28 1

56. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@superfandroidevo. Didn't I say smartphones? Geez Louisse. It sucks to be you :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:02

78. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


gemini,
microsoft was slinging tablets long before the iphone even came out. they were too ahead of their time and limited by the technology of the time.

Popularity and who did it first are 2 seperate things.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:34

81. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@Remix. But what happened to MS' tablets? Nothing. And which MS touchscreen tablet are you referring to, so we can compare it to the ipad's success, lol. Failure to sell and success to sell are two different things as well.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 14:29 4

25. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


"Are you implying now that Lenovo started this touchscreen tablet trend"
"Who dominated the tab market again?"
It's sad that you're implying that the most popular device is the best one.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 16:11 6

36. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@porkguy. A device sells for a reason. It's popular for a reason. The ipad will not be the bestselling device if it's not the best device in the market.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:32 2

58. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


@530gemini you don't know how foolish you sound basically your saying anything with an apple logo on it is the best and nothing else matters I mean that's your whole argument it's not the best everyone has an opinion that's why you sheep get trashed on Internet all the time because you have the same attitude as your egotistical company that you worship like it's god. Give it up buddy your losing the argument your gettin trashed out here

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:42 1

61. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@heatfan. Of course Apple is the best. That's why it's the number one tech company. Look at each of their stats. Unlike you fandroids, facts are behind us. While you fandroids just twist facts around because the truth is not on your side :)

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 07:43 1

101. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


@530gemini

It's not the number one tech company. Samsung beats it all the time. In EVERY industry.

Apple is such a small company compared to Samsung.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:00

106. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@dionddc. How many times have we posted both Apple and Samsung earnings and cash on hand on here? Apple is bigger than Samsung. Apple may have a smaller line of business, but their profits are way bigger than Samsung. Also, Apple has a smaller operating cost compared to Samsung who has plants to maintain. You do know that there are costs involved in maintaining plants and factories right?

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:26

112. alpeshkh (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Same logic can be applied to Android vs iOS !

There must be some reason that Android tablets market share went from 3% to 30% !

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:36 1

113. alpeshkh (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Same logic can be applied to Android vs iOS !

There must be some reason that Android tablets market share went from 3% to 30% !
Oops sorry , double post! Net dc!

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 15:00 6

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3764; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


530gemini, I told you to your face it's only a matter of time. Android took 30% already from Apple's lead in less than a year. History is repeating itself all over again. First it was iPhone losing to Android, & now Android is doing it again in the tablet market. Remember what I told you. People are CHOOSING, & guess what they are choosing Android. 30% in less than time that it took Android's phones to do it to Apple's iPhone. Truly remarkable! lol

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:32 1

57. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@superfandroidevo. Of course android will grow in the tablet market as well. They're catching up with their copying, lol. But the ipad will still remain number one. Just like the iphone is still the number one smartphone. Just like Apple is still the number one tech company. Always remember that a copycat android products will never win over the original Apple products :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:48 1

62. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


You believe your own lies, your on par with Casey Anthony, everyone gets a good laugh when they read your troll posts.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 17:52 1

63. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@heatfan. Lies? Ok. Between these smartphones OEM's. Who's the number one tech company right now? Who made the most profit this last quarter? Who has the highest capital share right now? Who has the most cash on hand right now? Who sold the most smartphones in the last quarter? Which phone has the biggest market share in the last quarter? Who has the most tabs sold right now? IT'S APPLE, THE IPHONE, AND THE IPAD. So who's lying? Me? I don't think so.

Again, facts support my comments. Not some twisted lies that you fandroids come up with. And you have the nerve to call me a liar? Oh yeah that's right. You fandroids live in a parallel world where Apple is bankcrupt, hahahahahaha

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:09 1

64. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


Apple did not invent the tablet,did not invent the first touchscreen phone those are the lies I'm talking about they just made them popular basically they copy other products.Just accept it!

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 18:31

68. box (unregistered)


(Edited repost from the article about Eric Schmidt):
Apple may be profitable, they may be successful, and they are a large tech company, however, they have a limited user base for a majority of their produced products by number of products (computers and software, since they only have 2 phone models and one tablet device, compared to several laptops, computers, appleTV, and their software), whereas other comapnies have vastly diversified assets and are very sustainable even as technology continues to change and evolve: most cell phone manufacutrers are supporting multiple OSes, and they have products in other fields like consumer electronics and other ventures. Apple is in its own little niche, where the same group of users will buy its products, and a small percentage of the rest of the population will buy their products for whatever reason, but they'll never have market dominance, and, furthermore, are more likely to fail from their lack of any innovative advancements or developments. The iphone hasn't changed much since 2006 and is, in essence, still a glorified feature phone, and is growing more stale by the day, thus driving their users away with the same boring experience. The situation is worsened by these same users who are tired of waiting for a newer model with some cursory updates. Macs are grossly overpriced for the components within (essentially a buyer pays about $500-2000 just for the apple software and proprietary hardware: read up on "hackintoshes") when most users are buying with a lower budget, and what they're buying at least has this-year's components (they just announced they'll be using SandyBridge Intels, when Intel is about to relase the IvyBridge series, and the GPUs they sell are only ATI HD5Ks, even though HD6Ks replaced them) their software isn't nearly as good as competetions' (finalcut pro x, anyone?), and their "tablet", while aesthetically pleasing and decently capable, is a larger glorified ipod touch, and doesn't hold a candle to cheaper, more capable devices, with usable ports and more raw functionality. Apple's biggest asset is market saturation with their ipod/phone/pad and the fact that it's relatively easy to make apps for their mobile devices because they use essentially the same boring OS that's been available since 2006, so large deployments and quick profits are easily achieveable because iDevice owners tend to spend more money on stuff, probably because they're used to spending more money to get less out of it, i.e. paid updates for the apple OS ($29.99 for Lion, but Windows releases free Service Packs, which are what these updates really are), paid updates for last year's technology (all apple products) with a prettier shell and maybe a new piece of hardware (front facing camera for iphone4, thunderbolt & mini-DisplayPort on the computers, oh boy!) to go with it, whereas PC users can go buy a similar upgrade, pop it in their existing system, and they're good to go

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:57

87. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@box. Too long. Here's my short and simple reply to you.

APPLE KICKED EVERYONE'S ASS IN THE 2ND QTR :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 22:50

96. fencesitter (unregistered)


not really. Sure they have a nice profit, but they didn't kick anyone's ass. Profit is just profit. Not market share.

Apple's market share didn't budge much. I suggest you read Box's post. It states the reasons why Apple is successful in their own niche market but fails in the big picture.

posted on 22 Jul 2011, 13:03

107. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@fencesitter. Don't be naive. You honestly don't mean to say that the whole android market share is owned by one company do you? Android's market share is comprised of multiple companies. If you break them down individually by company, Apple would have the bigger market share.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:41

82. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@heatfan. No one is saying that Apple invented the tablet or touchscreen phone. Did I say that they did? No. Did anyone here say that they did? No. Then why are you saying such a thing? Because you're crazy? Yes, lol.

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:05

79. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and when u think of it, that 30% is made up of what iTards call "failures" because they didnt sell as much as the ipad.

Man I would hate to see what happens to market share when one of those honeycomb tablets arent "failures" anymore.

Will it be samsung or Asus.. lol

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 19:45

83. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


@remix. Well you know what? The ipad is still the market leader, and you're already acting like android owns 90% of the market. Typical fandroid. Rejoicing over miniature success :)

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 13:13

3. Stuntman (unregistered)


30% so soon? I didn't expect they would reach that number until late this year or next year.

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