Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

Summary: Only 3.3% of all Android devices are Honeycomb tablets, which is not a lot of sales in 2011.

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Android continues its assault on the mobile space based on statistics from Google, but those figures paint a dismal picture for tablet sales. While most analysts are focused on the percentage of Android devices running the latest version 4.x, the Honeycomb numbers aren't very good.

The figures just released show that of all Android devices activated to date, only 3.3% of them run Android 3.x, aka Honeycomb. Honeycomb only runs on tablets, so the numbers paint an accurate picture of just how few Android tablets have been activated. If we use Andy Rubin's latest tweet claiming 200 million devices have been activated to date, that 3.3% running Honeycomb only represents 6.6 million Android tablets.

The first Honeycomb tablet appeared on the market a year ago, so that's not a lot of Android tablets activated in 2011. That covers all of the major tablets released by Motorola, Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo, and all others. That's a lot of tablet models sharing the 6.6 million in sales, so no one is making a lot of sales on Android so far.

Even more telling, these numbers from Google show that of the Honeycomb tablets activated, only half of them are running the most stable version 3.2. The other half is still running Android 3.1, and a few the totally unreliable version 3.0. It's a concise picture of the fragmentation issue that is Android, straight from Google.

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  • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

    Guess it's time for Google to start enforcing updates? I understand Android is supposed to be an open platform, but there's no denying the fragmentation issues won't go away barring some revolutionary change by Google.
    zeth06
    • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

      @zeth06 Every fragment is a glittering gem, uniquely suited to a specific set of owner needs.

      The Android Tablet market is fine, with 40 percent of the tablet market overall even stacked against the iPad. More Android tablets were sold in 2011 than Windows tablets since 1995 total. It's picking up steam, too.

      Personally I'm glad there are Android tablets in their myriad variety to compete against the iPad. It's not like anybody else was going to step up and provide the necessary competition.
      symbolset
      • 40% SHIPPED..

        @symbolset market share is only those shipped and they've shipped a lot.. These numbers show they just haven't sold that much to consumers.. All that 40% marketshare number means is that there are a tonne of android tablets out there on store shelves and in warehouses collecting dust..
        theFunkDoctorSpoc
      • You are comparing shipped to sold.

        @symbolset

        Don't worry. Gartner and IDC do as well. If we assume 38 million iPads sold for 2011, 40% of that is 15.2 million Android tablets shipped with 6.6 million sold. (NOTE: perhaps only 4 million are in active use based on the lack of 3.2 updates available to all the major Android tablets running 3.0 and 3.1) This leaves 8.6 million Android tablets waiting for a home. Or another way: there is 16 months of channel inventory sitting on shelves and warehouse.

        Sadly, this is not competition.
        Bruizer
      • Bruizer: Sadly, you are right

        "Sadly, this is not competition."

        I've been saying this for a long time now.

        The market is sick. We all lose.
        toddybottom
      • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

        @toddybottom

        Unfortunately, this is true. There is too much that can be done with a slate like device, no need to copycat the iPad (and fail miserably). Amazon has recently demonstrated how.

        I would guess there are a lot more Android devices, no one has heard of, especially Google. They are successful, because do not carry the label "Android". And of course, people do not really care.
        danbi
    • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

      @zeth06 Ever notice how when they are talking about Microsoft OS they never single out manufacturers? They total the sales across the entire platform. But, for Android they break it down to make Apple look superior instead of justing totaling the entire OS. There are still users of Microsoft using XP, Vista and Windows 7 with or without support with no problem.

      These alphabet net sites sole objective is to keep Android in a negative light but it is not working. Look at the Nielsen report for 2011 and the Comscore it is blowing iOS out of the water.
      techenduser
  • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

    so if on average Google activates 3.7 devices for every iOS device (these were 3rd quarter numbers, not sure about 4th) then that 3.3% could be a good many tablets couldn't it?<br><br>As for your outlook, as usual it is extremely short sighted! Where is the standard going for the Android Phones? <br><br>720P Screens running ICS with a 3:2 Aspect Ratio Right?<br><br>What were the specs for those Tablets again?<br><br> 720P Screens running ICS with a 3:2 Aspect Ratio Right?<br><br>In Essence, both the Tablets and the Software will be optimized for the Same Applications and then you'll see the Android Tablets Leap Frog the iPad in Optimized Apps. <br><br>Of course that is just one area, the other areas are going to be just as effective, like compliant standards with current Multimedia Technology, not just making their own system (like Apple TV) and support for Amazon Video On Demand as well as Amazon Music make movies and music just as capable on the Android Platform.<br><br>Finally, the Price is what will drive these Tablets home. <br><br>Bottom Line James! You were probably one of the guys bashing Android in its first year out on the phones as well.
    slickjim
    • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

      @Peter Perry And unicorns f*rting rainbows will make Android sell tablets.
      dheady@...
    • More lies Peter?

      @Peter Perry

      <i>"so if on average Google activates 3.7 devices for every iOS device (these were 3rd quarter numbers, not sure about 4th) then that 3.3% could be a good many tablets couldn't it?"</i>

      Only if you are comparing 3rd quater iOS 2010 numbers to 3rd quater Android 2011 numbers. Do you really think Android was selling at 1.4 million units/day in the 3rd quarter. I mean, that is half a billion units per year. Better yet, than how do you explain the plummeting Android sales rate to only 700,000/day 3 months later?

      "As for your outlook, as usual it is extremely short sighted! Where is the standard going for the Android Phones?

      720P Screens running ICS with a 3:2 Aspect Ratio Right?

      What were the specs for those Tablets again?

      720P Screens running ICS with a 3:2 Aspect Ratio Right?"

      Once again you show you are don't understand the point of optimization. The optimization revolves more around the screen size than it does resolution.
      I know you hate all things Apple and worship Google to no end, but such fabrication of numbers is even worse than normal.
      Bruizer
    • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

      @Peter Perry "on average Google activates 3.7 devices for every iOS device"<br><br>True, but then Android doesn't offer the kind of consistent updates that iOS users get so Android users have to buy new hardware more often to keep up. It's planned obsolescence and it appears to be working out well for Google and their marketing dept (AKA Andy Rubin's Twitter page.) I suspect Android sales figures are inflated because users have to buy more frequently to get updates. It's double-dipping, so to speak. They're not expanding their user base at the rate those activation numbers would suggest.
      Andre Richards
  • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

    The distinction between 2.x and 3.x doesn't say much at this point in the Android tablet market because you had a significant number of Android tablets released under 2.x and not Honeycomb. The original Galaxy Tab 7" released in late 2010 had 2.x on it. There were more than a million sold of those, at least.

    The Xoom was the first to be released with 3.x and that was late February/early March. Galaxy Tab 10" in March, Transformer in April, and Thrive in June.

    It's not a coincidence that Apple released the iPad 2 in the middle and late March even though it was a minimal upgrade. Apple saw the writing on the wall. Had Apple waited until the real iPad 2 was ready, aka iPad 3, they would have lost even more market share than they already have. Same resolution, cheap cameras and minimal changes was a joke on the "iPad 2."
    mrxxxman
    • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

      @mrxxxman <br><br>It is said that Samsung only sold 20,000 original Galaxy Tabs, out of 1m [b]shipped[/b].
      dave95.
      • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

        @dave95.

        Yeah right, Apple wouldn't be on the warpath like it is trying to get the Galaxy Tab banned worldwide if it presented no threat.
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

        @dave95. A friend of mine is one of the managers at a local Costco where a large kiosk was set up for the Galaxy Tab to catch holiday shoppers. He told me privately that they barely sold any.

        @Doctor Demento: it doesn't present a threat yet, but Apple knows that if Android ever fully catches up with iOS, a device stealing their design would be bad news. They're just heading off that possibility and good for them. Who wouldn't?
        Andre Richards
    • Samsung indicated only 2 million were shipped.

      @mrxxxman

      There is no data on how many sold but based on Android Market stats (screen size) the number was less than 100,000.
      Bruizer
      • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

        @Bruizer The iPhone and iPad currently do not have FIPS approval, a U.S. government standard certified through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The standard treats a certified device or application as a cryptographic module, and a FIPS certification means the modules meet strict security and interoperability standards. Samsung devices do have them and the ones running Android and the Galaxy Tab definitely has it.
        techenduser
  • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

    Why do you have such a problem with the Android update situation? I don't and marvel at the number of pundit expert geniuses such as yourself, who leap at the chance to describe to me a problem I don't have. (Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" and Samsung Google Nexus S 4G). Thanks for nothing. Now can I have my 2 minutes back I wasted by reading your pointless blogpost? Thank you.
    pemullen
  • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

    So a question - and I have a Wifi Xoom, a Wifi Kindle Fire, a Samsung Infuse and a Motorola Atrix 2... do you actually "activate" a wifi device? The phones you do of course, but the wifi devices? Other than logging on with my already-had google account, there was nothing else... so do these even count in the numbers?
    prdmarican
    • RE: Latest Android figures paint dismal tablet picture

      @prdmarican

      Any Android device phones home Google.

      People have faith, that no personal data is ever sent to Google, but.. faith is one thing, proof is another.
      danbi