Android now at 30% of tablet market

According to new statistics from Strategy Analytics, Android is making huge leaps in tablet market share, jumping from just 2.4% of the market last year to 30% of the market today. Of course, the statistics don't make a distinction between Honeycomb tablets and all other Android tablets...
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6. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@stuntman. Well, just like the article said, most of these android tabs are running mobile phone os. They rushed their half baked tablets out in the market just to be in the competition. Still. Nothing beats the original :)

46. ogre150

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

@530gemini: Just wondering, but isn't the iPad running the same OS as the iPhone, iPod Touch, and whatever else uses iOS? I don't see how an Android tablet running Gingerbread or Froyo is some how "less" than one running Honeycomb. At least Google is trying to make a specialized OS for the tablet experience. Can't say that about Apple's same for everyone, "I know this is what you want, because I say so," iOS. Side note: Less fragmentation of Android for phones would be nice.

52. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@ogre. Yes, both the ipad and the iphone are running iOS. But the ones on the ipad is tablet optimized, and the one on the iphone is optimized for the iphone. They don't share identical platforms. That is why not all iphone apps will work on the ipad, vice versa. Honeycomb I believe is the tablet optimized version of android. When you update your os with the ipad and the iphone, the Apple is able to recognize your device and knows which updates applies to which device. The ipad and the iphone are not getting exactly the same updates, although the versions are named the same.

70. box unregistered

"tablet optimized" = we made the screen bigger but didn't increase the resolution so it looks grainy and overall kinda crappy; the ipod for those that even binoculars couldn't help see the tiny screen on the ipod/phone

84. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@box. Grainy? Well the reviews give a lot of compliments to the ipads grainy display. The ipad bested the others on display quality. So I guess the others are worse than grainy, hahahaha. Nice try :) What's the bestselling tablet and smartphone again? Oh yes, it's the ipad and the iphone :)

49. Dash unregistered

The iPad was pretty far from the "original" tablet, someone needs to stop drinking the kool-aid. As much as Steve Jobs would like to claim it, Apple did not invent the tablet.

53. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@dash. Apple never claimed that they invented the tablet. But they're the ones who innovated and made it popular. Not google.

69. Stuntman unregistered

Still 30% seems a lot considering many companies are rushing out their tablets. I didn't expect to see a 30% number until Honeycomb is more prevalent. I've only recently taken more of an interest in tablets. I am considering the iPad 2, but there are some others that I am heavily considering over the iPad 2. The Eee Pad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are ones I am considering. I haven't completed my research yet.

13. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Yep Android is already are expecting to reach over 50% of the market by next year. Its a shame that Apple had 96% of the market late last year and now they are dropping their market share faster than their products drop their battery life.

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@doubler. Do you seriously believe that any company can keep 100% of a market forever? Well maybe if copycats like google don't exist, yes, lol. But I give props to the ipad for being able to hold and dominate the market for a long time for almost two years. That's just phenomenal. Even with androids growth in the tab market, the ipad will continue to lead as the number one tablet :)

27. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Sounds like you're giving props to the big kid on the playground that has nobody to take over other than a few toddlers.

37. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@porkguy. I agree with you that android is indeed a toddler :)

40. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

@530gemini It's too bad Samsung is twice as big as Apple and started the Android tablet trend. Now look who's falling and who's rising.

54. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@dioddc. Only in your fandroid world :)

99. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

@530gemini Nice comeback man, I expected better. I love it how you tend to own everyone on here, I signed up just to put you down. You're an easy challenge. Samsung is bigger than Apple. So now, what argument do you have? "Apple makes the most profit!" Please, Samsung Electronics alone makes more than double the revenue of Apple. Imagine what Samsung can do. Apple is tiny.

108. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@dionddc. What you are not understanding is. Samsung will have a lot of revenue due to their massive product line, but they also have a lot of operating costs in maintaining those product lines. Let's put it this way. Let's say Samsung had a total revenue of $100B and Apple only had a total revenue of $50B. It does seem like Samsung made more right? But check this out. Samsung's operating costs came up to $70B while Apple's operating costs only came up to $10B. Samsung ends up with a net profit of $30B while Apple made a $40B profit. So who has more money? It's Apple.

4. TechDroid

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

Stunned by these numbers. Wouldn't expect anything like this for at least another year.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Android ftw Apple will be out of business by years end. This prroves android us a superior OS.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Um... taco, I'll be right over to get you to the hospital. Yes, I get the joke. Yes, it made me laugh. Thumbs up to you. :)

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well I prefer Quality over quantity... I love my ipad2... android loves to have lots... good wquality and bad quality...even though one the transformer and maybe the galaxy tab are woth the time. all the other ones should just stay home

14. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

The best part about android is the Quality and the Quantity. They offer the the best tablets that do way more than apple products, the mid-range products that are about the same as the apple products and finally the entry level products so that anyone can afford them. Of course we did see this happen to Apple in the 90s when they had superior competition. It was from that lil company that made windows. Apple still has 15% of the market share their though. lol

19. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@doubler. Quality? Didn't you read the article? It's stated that only 1% of android tablets actualy have a tablet os in them. The rest have mobile phone os. And you say that's quality? I say that's blind fanaticism, lol. Geez, fandroids just blurt out stuff without truly understanding what they're posting.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The iPad is basically a blown up iPod touch. Why do you get to knock some Android tablets for running a blown up version of the phone OS?

38. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@sniggly. Oh ok. Then I guess, there is no sense in differentiating a tablet os and a mobile phone os. Sorry. I don't understand then why this article had to emphasize that if both phone and tablet os are the same. My bad.

95. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

My point wasn't that the article couldn't differentiate. My point was that you dismissed the quality level of any Android tablet running the cell phone versions of the OS, while at the same time you clearly don't have a single problem with the iPad/2 being blown up iPod Touches.

24. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

to 530 gemini Apparently I did read the article but you didn't. Man there's nothing more annoying that an arrogant person that doesn't know anything. lol If you would know anything you'd understand that the 1% is referring to the overall android market not their tablets. So if you include every phone, mp3 player and tablet then yes its 1%. Jeez you have to realize that Apple is now copying everything that android is doing. Duel processors, notifications, cloud music, cloud documents, video editing, photo editing. - All originally on android devices and now apple's new OS5 and the iPad2. They have even been working on voice to text in the keyboard which is something that android has had for over 2 years now. Just get use to apple playing iCatchUp for the next couple of years

41. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@doubler. "Unfortunately, the statistics also don't make any distinction between Android tablets using phone versions of Android"....."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" There. It is very clear that they are only referring to tablets, and phones are not included. Mac computers already have quad core processors. Of course dual core processor would be the next logical step for ANY smartphones. All those other features that you have enumerated have been a part of Apple technology. Without android, it is bound to be incorporated in the iphone and the ipad. Apple has tons and tons of patented and licensed tech that they have not implemented yet on the iphone and the ipad. Just because android was able to rush it in into their os, it does not mean that Apple had no intentions of doing so as well. The fact that no one is suing Apple for using those tech, just means that they are entitled to use them :)

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And like doubler said, you read the article wrong. Gemini, I'm genuinely worried about your comprehension skills. Do you struggle with this in general?

42. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@sniggly. Read the article again. They are only referring to tablets. Looks like you're the one who needs to practice what you preach :)

73. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No they aren't, and I do. And how sad is it that you have to use ghost accounts to thumb yourself up for saying something idiotic?
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