Android tablet population estimated at 1.2 million

Android tablet population estimated at 1.2 million
While nobody would argue that Android smartphones are abundant these days, the situation with tablets running Google's mobile platform might not be so bright. According to an estimate given by the guys over at Daring Fireball, there may be as little as 1.17 million Android tablets currently in use worldwide.

Coming up with this number did not require any elaborate calculations. The estimate took into account some statistical data provided by the Android Market, which showed that between June 24 and July 1 of this year, only 0.9% of all devices that have accessed Google's software marketplace boast a screen size of 7 inches or above. Multiply that by the number of total Android devices out there, which Larry Page himself announced to be 130 million, and the result leads us to believe that roughly 1.17 million Android tablets have been sold and are in use today.

The actual Android tablet population is surely above that number considering the short time span, over which the statistical data has been collected. However, it isn't exactly clear by how much as an official statement from Google is yet to be made. In comparison, Apple's iPad is selling like hotcakes with an estimated 28 million units sold by the end of June 2011. Maybe that is why it is much easier to spot someone using an iPad rather than a Galaxy Tab, for example, while having their Frappuccino.

Nevertheless, other studies show that Android tablets are quickly picking up pace, so it might not be that long until the supremacy of the iPad gets challenged. However, that is not likely to happen until the number of tablet-optimized Android apps reaches a reasonable amount.

source: Daring Fireball via MobileBurn



1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I think the darkhorse in the tablet race may be the Touchpad. HP doesn't seem to be really into the smartphone wars, but they are looking to get a huge slice of the tablet market to replace the drop in notebook sales and offset what may be a steep decline in laptops. They may be getting out two more versions of the Touchpad before the end of the year. Apple sure doesn't need to look over it's shoulder yet, but a solid second place showing in a couple years could happen. Android manufacturers seem to be the other way around: smartphones first, tablets just to keep Apple from being the only game in town.

2. dionddc

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Doesn't make sense considering Samsung has sold at least over 2 million Galaxy Tabs (7 inch).

3. nlpz unregistered

They sold them to retailers and carriers, not customers. These 2 million Tabs should be considered as shipped, not sold.

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Source please

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Look the iPad is an established commodity, just like the original iPhone. Android was in the same boat during the same time fame as Honeycomb is right now. It's going to take a year or 2 to get to the level of Android. Android started slow but now Android is the #1 OS in the world! Their numbers are a little weird. Just a couple of days ago posted an article that said Android tablets hold 30% of the market. So something just doesn't seem right 1.17 million = 30% of the market? That doesn't add up to me at all. Hey but I am no math major though! lol

9. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The iPhone NEVER had this big of a lead. Symbian and RIM were always ahead of it. TROLL HARDER

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know that, I am comparing Apple & iOS only you legend of the human race. lol "TROLL HARDER" Dude you sound like a cave man. Me want meat! lol Dude don't get your panties all twisted up! It's O...........K! The world is not going to end! (Well maybe in DEC. 2012.) lol

17. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Learn to formulate your ideas better. I can't understand your post at all. CAVE MAN. And you specifically said "iPhone" in your post not iOS. Oh and "Android started slow but now Android is the #1 OS in the world!" False. Android is the #1 SMARTPHONE OS in the world.

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Ha superevo owned!

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes taco50 I got owned. lol Please make sure your Daddy & Mommy pay your phone bill so you can keep checking out Flash less websites on your iToy 4. lol You know since you are rich & everyone else who doesn't have an iPhone 4 is automatically poor. lol Gosh that sounds so stupid taco50. lol “Ha superevo owned!” What a cute little boy you are taco50. I want to give you a lollypop. lol

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am so sorry please forgive me! I am speaking to a brainless iSheep. Let me "formulate" my post better for you. I forgot iSheep have the brain size of a 2 year old. lol This is an Android article. Again Android is the #1 MOBILE OS PERIOD. Not just smartphone. SO you are FALSE! lol 500,000 daily activations IS the real deal. REMEMBER THAT! Do you understand little iSheep? Your "formulation" is weak! lol I thought THAT was clear but I can spare some time, I can be your teacher during this session. I said iPhone because the only OS the iPhone has is iOS you wonderful legend of the CAVE MAN race! lol Or is it legend of the iSheep race? You take your pick. When Android overtook Apple as the #1 OS, Apple indeed was established so again your post is WEAK! Kind of a pattern forming huh? So in conclusion you sound completely delusional, typical of an iSheep. I hope you learned a lot. Class dismissed. P.S. I expect an Apple for my services, & no not an iPhone Apple, I prefer a Granny Smith Apple. lol iSheep always hoping around & never making sense. For you my friend I will make up a new name. You are the one and only legend of the iCavesheep. YES the best of both worlds. lol

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I only see gibberish here. Try to form a full thought so I can respond to you. sent from my iPhone

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol taco50 this is coming from the KING of gibberish, the 16 year old who think Steve Jobs work phone is an iPhone because it says "sent from my iPhone". lol taco50 you are the boy! lol Look I will give you a cookie if you can pretend to understand what I said because you & I both know you are just not capable of logical thoughts. What didn't understand from what I said? I guess it's just beyond your poor little iSheep mind. lol Ohh make sure your parents please pay your phone bill, it would be sad not to read “sent from my iPhone.” lol

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This article is full of s**t. The 0.9 percent, unless they're referencing some other data that I'm not aware of, was referring to Honeycomb ONLY. So you have as few as 1.7 million HONEYCOMB tablets out there, with the amount of Android tablets being higher.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

To put a more realistic number on the amount of android tablets sold, you use Apple's actual sales, multiply it by its market share (61.3%), get the total amount of tablets out there, then multiply Android's percentage against it. And you get about 14 million tablets running Android shipped at least.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thanks Sniggly, I was waiting for your math wisdom. I never liked math both in high school & in college. I knew this article was bogus, even to me it just didn't make sense. These are extreme low ball figures not indicative of what is truly out there. There has to be more that 1.17 million Android tablets. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is selling like hotcakes, I wonder if they included Asus's number to that tally. I am willing to bet no.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

youve been beating me to the punch all day sniggly.. lol good.. makes my life easier. :) yea, sorry but Asus is shipping 400k tablets a month, the tab has sold over a million itself, and android has 30% of the tablet market according to the recent articles.. all which make no mathmatical sense if there is only 1 million tablets running around. so either all the other evidence is wrong, or this "data" is wrong.

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

1.7 million is probably an underestimation but I really don't think that 3/10 tablets are android, that's probably an overestimation as well. I'm not an iPad fan but realistically speaking with the iPad and iPad 2 I highly doubt it.

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Wow making up your own falsehood numbers again.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Where did I make numbers up? I took known values, such as the iPad's sales, the iPad's and Android's market share in tablets, and cross multiplied. It's seventh grade level math, Taco. I think I've already whooped your ass enough in the other thread today; do I really need to do so again here?

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This article uses very clear statistics that make sense to come up with just over a million tablets. You came up with 14 million with fudged math and based on assumptions, just like you came up with 4.5 million thunderbolts sold when in reality it hasn't even sold 1 million. Only thing you've done is make yourself look a fool today so go right ahead.

8. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

I can tell you at the electronic store I work at and all the ones around us. Android Tablets are selling a lot more than the iPad 2 now. All the stores have lots of iPad 2s in stock and we have to special order all the Android tablets with the Samsung Galaxy and Asus Transformer leading the way.

10. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Does that electronics store sell the iPad2? Lol and which one is it? Were probably familiar with it here.

12. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah I find that a tad bit difficult to believe.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

they only used stats for android market use. Some tablets dont even have android market, and not everyone that has android market uses it, and not all tablets are correctly detected by android market as having 7 inch or larger screen sizes. Its a joke that this could be considered accurate.

15. perfectalpha unregistered

This is why I believe this article is close to true...anybody who commutes using public transportation in or around the NYC area will agree that virtually everybody with a tablet is using an iPad or iPad2. iPhones are everywhere (but you do see many Blackberry and Android phones), but I see more Kindles than I do Android tablets. I believe I have only seen two. iPads are all over however...that is a fact.

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