Amazon Kindle Fire is now the most popular Android tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire is now the most popular Android tablet
The Amazon Kindle Fire is among the newest arrivals to the Android tablet family, but it has already managed to climb to the top in popularity, zipping right past the Samsung Galaxy Tab to end up in most users’ hands, according to latest research from Flurry.

The analysts estimated the Kindle Fire’s share at 35.7%, a margin of a percentage point above the Samsung Galaxy Tab which accounted for 35.6% of the market.

To arrive at the numbers, Flurry used application session numbers from Android tablet comparing their use in November and January. Back in November, the Fire only had 3% and then it obviously surged in popularity over the Holidays.

At the same time, while being the most popular Android-based tablet, this doesn’t exactly speak miles about the actual sales of the Kindle Fire. The Android tablet market is still just a fraction of the iPad market. Latest data has suggested that Amazon’s tablet has sold nearly 6 million units.

Together with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the two make up the overwhelming majority of Android tablets. Strategy Analytics suggested another number for Android tablets, mentioning a total of 10.5 million slates.

What’s particularly interesting, though, is the different usage patters on the Kindle Fire and the Galaxy Tab. Flurry’s analysis concludes that users on the Fire were 2.5 times more likely to download paid applications.

source: Flurry via GigaOM

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Kindle Fire
  • Display 7.0 inches
    600 x 1024 pixels
  • Hardware TI OMAP4, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB,
  • OS Android 2.3



15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

i hope that Microsoft studies what Apps the kindle fire has and duplicates it some way because most people uses tablets for Email , Video and music Entertainment, shoping and buying items, reading ebooks, Games and surfing the the web for information. that's 8 app groups that must be on the new windows 8 Tablets that will come into the market place later this year. as many professionals have said if a tablet maker want's to sell tablets he must cater to what people are doing with the tablets and have the right apps for these things on the tablet before it hits the Market or it will fail to be useful to people and not sell very well

12. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

not because it was the best, it is because it is marketed the best.

13. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

not because it was the best, it is because it is positioned the best. *fixed

8. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Id figure that!! it is a tablet worth buying and my fiance is so into buying this tablet that id have to buy it as a wedding present......for her lol

5. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Good for them! I'm so glad the tablet market is becoming more differentiated instead of just trying to be like the iPad. Most all the other tablets are great, but in the consumers mind, "I could get the thing that's like an iPad for the same price, or I could just get an iPad." Granted, this is not how everyone thinks, but market share proves other wise. The Kindle Fire changed that and provided consumers a different option. Well done. It seems that there is a place for the Kindle Fire and the iPad in the same market.

7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Well said. I agree completely.

3. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm glad the Fire released at such a great price. Now we see other manufacturers offering powerful devices for much less then it's predecessors!!!

2. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

"Oversized smartphone"? you are truly ignorant. The Fire is a great tablet - for $200. It shows how much people are willing to pay for a good ebook reader with tablet functionality. The Fire doesn't even have the Android Market. Meanwhile the number of iPad sales and Fire sales are both increasing. Android-like tablets are worth $200 iPads are worth $500 That's clear.

4. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

Right. The iPad has the ability to create and consume. The Kindle Fire has the ability to consume.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

back your insult up. how exactly am I ignorant and how is a tablet not an oversized smart phone? it runs the same apps and same OS. btw,ifanatic, I was talking about all tablets including the one I'm using to post this , not just your precious fruit flavored ones ... though since your being so defencive and childish, I'd like you to point out 5 different things u can do with your Ipad that you could never do on an iPhone. prove to me Its not an oversized phone.

14. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

iPad is so boring and it sucks big time. The only thing they got going is their popularity. But soon it will be over...

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, that didnt take long. BTW, "a fraction of the ipad market". The latest report said that ipad had what, less than 60% of the market now? That means android is almost half of all tablet sales and is only a smidge away from being the tablet leader. With fat sales spikes like this one, it wont be too much longer. There is a market for a tablet. Not everyone wants to spend 600 bux on what amounts to an oversized smartphone that they already have in their pocket.

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Although both are tablets, I don't think you can put them in the same catagory. There are major differences between the functions and use that can potentially go into an iPad and Kindle Fire. Sure, a good number of folks who use the iPad could also use the Kindle Fire with no great difference between the two. But the iPad does offer far more function for people who take advantage of it. Is the iPad worth the money? That's a different coversation (of course, my argument is no tablet should cost more than $500 no matter what the function). But I wouldn't disparage the iPad when you can potentially get more use out of it.

9. Exofuji

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

Would you mind elaborating on what is possible on an Ipad that is not on the kindle fire?

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

other than camera and 3g..2 very underused items in this space... what exactly can the ipad do that this android tablet can't? you say don't disparage the ipad, but then put it on this superiority pedistal at the same time. you forget the fire is a dual core android tablet. also where did I disparage anything?

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