Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

Summary: Samsung must be feeling pretty good about things with Bloomberg reporting that Android tablets grabbed 22 percent market share last quarter.

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Samsung must be feeling pretty good about things with Bloomberg reporting that Android tablets grabbed 22 percent market share last quarter. Samsung makes the Galaxy Tab, which sold 2 million units in the same period. That's pretty much the entire 2.1 million Android tablets sold that makes up the 22 percent of the Android tablet market as reported by Bloomberg.

Apple has owned the tablet market with the iPad until the Android tablets started appearing. There have been 14.8 million iPads sold since its introduction last year, with a whopping 7.3 million of those occurring in the fourth quarter. While the iPad market share dropped from 96 percent to 75 percent, it's probably not a real drop. Market demand is just beginning, and sales of competitor devices are likely new customers to the tablet genre, and not taking sales from Apple.

Topics: Hardware, Android, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Android: Steamroller baby

    Watch out Apple!
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Why should Apple watch out? All the Android tablets thus far are overpriced, do not come with a wifi option, and are tied into a 2 year 3G contract.
      athynz
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @athynz But it runs Linux!

        Lets face it, thats all Dieter here gives a crap about.
        samalie
      • Apple will do just fine, as the whole market grows, though Android might be

        able to carve out even 50% by years end. Though, I expect iPad 2 to take it to the next level.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @athynz Funny, the biggest complaints about the iPad include it being overpriced and tied to Apple's walled garden bereft of any real option.
        rtk
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @athynz
        Guess you haven't seen the Streak 7, that is $200 bucks and specced BETTER than the iPad. Yikes!
        Droid101
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @Drioid101 - You mean that Android based tablet by Dell that is NOT out yet and thus far has NO pricing info? That one? Yikes!
        athynz
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @rtk [b]Funny, the biggest complaints about the iPad include it being overpriced and tied to Apple's walled garden bereft of any real option[/b]

        True - but if one does the math with the Galaxy Tab (which was supposed to be Samsung's answer to the iPad) one can see even with the subsidized price one is paying MORE for the 32GB 3G model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab than one would pay for the 64GB wifi/3G iPad once one factors in the 2 year 3G contract... right about $200 more for something that is smaller, lacks wifi, and has less on board storage space.

        I'm all for competition with the iPad and Apple products in general because it will make (hopefully) the Apple designers and engineers up their efforts but so far Android is not doing so hot in the tablet market.
        athynz
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @athynz What are you talking about? The G-Tab does come with wifi. It comes with both wifi and 3G. And have expandable storage via MicroSD slot, has front and rear cameras, has a higher PPI (pixels per inch) screen, twice as much RAM as the iPad, HD video, Flash support, and weighs half as much and much more portable 16:9 form factor. iPad is too big and heavy in an old 4:3 form factor.

        You can buy the G-Tab without a contract. They sell the international unlocked version at Amazon for $670, and the non-contract locked to either ATT or T-Mobile for $630 each. Much better deal than iPad all the way around.
        mrxxxman
    • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      Apple started the revolution and everyone followed...
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

        @Hasam1991 So what? Apple didn't start the smartphone revolution and yet they came out with the iPhone. Being there first is not always what matters most.
        mrxxxman
    • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Time for me to channel Donnieboy.

      That's not 2 million "sold" that's transferred to partners. Given that Android means every piece of crap that's marketed as a tablet and is not the iToy, I still don't believe it.


      ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      Er what has actually happened to the Steamroller. Thought I saw on in museum, maybe.
      GAGYRO
    • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      We now know those were false numbers. Fortunately, they represent tablets put on the market, but, not those bought by consumers.

      Nonetheless, it is hard to imagine what will save most people from the stupidity of jumping into the Google spynet. Ignorance is bliss, until it bites you.
      jorjitop
    • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      Funny, I am pretty sure you said the same thing when the Tab was introduced and that the iPad would be crushed as soon as it hit the market.

      Android will make it's presence know in the tablet market and may get close 50% in the next 12 months but your fanboy comments like this are meaningless in the real world.
      non-biased
  • Great to have two competitors, though Microsoft is still a not show.

    NT.
    DonnieBoy
  • Another thing to watch is the market share for ARM. For now, at about 100%.

    NT.
    DonnieBoy
    • well said!

      @DonnieBoy
      ARM is the winner.. end of story..
      ursulus
  • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

    To say that the galaxy tab was predicted to be a bit of a flop, these aren't bad figures at all really.
    hopefully there will be healthy competition in the sector. Although i would like to hear a bit more from non- apple / android players (Microsoft dosn't count).
    Will T
  • RE: Here come the Android tablets- 22 percent market share already

    "While the iPad market share dropped from 96 percent to 75 percent, it?s probably not a real drop".

    Oh, I see...it's a "pretend drop"...because the iPad could never suffer a "real drop" in market-share.
    Cyberslammer3