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Google's Data Suggests Tablet Usage is Under 1% of Android

Is there a tablet market or is it just an iPad market? The fact is that we don't know, as there are no actual sales numbers available from manufacturers. We have to go by industry rumors as well as reports from market researchers, one of which recently stated that Android tablets may have a 30 percent share at this time - and we also heard that Asus EeePad may be shipping more than 400,000 units per month.

However, the actual Android tablets in use may be far below those numbers and the total number of Android tablets in use today could be negligible, if we believe Google's own numbers. Android Market access data suggest that devices with screen sizes of 7 inches or greater had just 0.9 percent share in early July. If we assume that this number is tied to the number of 135 million Android devices activated so far, it could mean that there are only 1.2 million Android tablets in use at this time - and shipment versus sales has an especially important meaning to Android. Could Android tablets be flooding the market and meeting very little demand? Possibly.

Of course, that is speculation, but Google's silence on tablet-specific numbers as well as a lack of Android tablet sales data are not encouraging either.

  • becherovka
    If i was to buy a tablet I would want it to do more than my phone could do not just have a bigger screen.
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  • becherovka
    Sounds right to me
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  • Jerky_san
    Frankly they never released 3.0 to anyone besides OEM's which was BS. Android is supposed to be "open" yet we never got anything. They claim they will release the next version but I doubt it. I have a GTablet and its pretty good but Tegra 2 would be a lot better with the 3.0 that is on a Zoom. It would be much more nice if they would allow the playback of high profile on h264 but it would seem nvidia left it out of Tegra 2. So now you must convert all anime you can get to ipad type standards..
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Make me tablet that fits exactly inside an 8 1/2"x11" notebook and maybe I'll actually buy one, not one with some small 7" screen. Add phone capabilities to it, as well.
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  • Could be people waiting for android tablet makers to remove their heads from their backsides and get some out that are both affordable and work properly with the tablet version of android, not a crippled phone version dumped onto it.
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  • Prince_Porter
    I love my Droid X, but I just can't find a practical use to having a tablet. It is, as many have said, just a large phone. The resolution isn't as good, it isn't nearly as portable, and it's not as refined as smart phones are. I think Google is on the right track with closing some of its side projects and focusing on what's important, hopefully they can prove that tablets is somewhere they really want to be.
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  • lamorpa
    otacon72Exactly...There is a thumbs up icon in the upper right corner of each post. That's where you make this kind of indication (or should I have just 'thumbs down'ed this comment)
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  • griffed88
    I just haven't been impressed at all with Android based tablets. When testing them out they always lag when opening apps, switching between portrait and landscape mode, or switching pages of apps. To me it just seems sloppy. When testing out the ipad everything worked smoothly and it just felt like a better experience.

    I don't own a tablet and probably never will, but I think a big reason for the ipad's success verses android tablets isn't just good marketing. The ipad just has a better user experience imo
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  • MeanSquare
    Laptops have a lot of computing and software power, but they're just too big to carry with you all the time. They also take to long to boot and close to too long to come out of hibernation. Phones are just the right size for being always there and are instant on, but their processing and application power are at a lower level. Both have advantages and disadvantages.
    Tablets, I think, combine the worst elements of laptops (size, power consumption) and the worst of phones (low-power apps and processors). They have one advantage: They have a larger screen.
    Most people do the math and decide they'll either stick with a phone and desktop (or phone and laptop) and skip the tablet for now.
    Tablets are decent for e-mail and browsing now. Eventually, the processing and application power will improve beyond the entry level. Until then, Apple fanboys and early adopters will be the mainstay purchasers.
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  • jryan388
    I would hate to see windows running on a 1ghz dual-core ARM processor...
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