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Posted 01 May 2013 - 21:02

http://www.idc.com/g...Id=prUS24093213



There were more Android-based tablets shipped in Q1 2013 than all others combined, and here's why that matters


The Q1 2013 numbers from IDC, a technology and telecommunications research firm who keeps track of this sort of thing, show that Android tablets now lead the market with a 56.5-percent share. The 27,800,000 units shipped in the quarter is a 247-percent improvement from this time last year, when just 8,000,000 units were shipped. It's important to note that this increase doesn't come at the expense ofApple, who shipped 65.3-percent more tablets in Q1 2013 than they did in Q1 2012 -- it shows the market is growing, and the lions share of new purchases are Android.

These sorts of numbers make CEOs and people who count pennies pretty happy, and will be the fuel for fanboy wars across the Internet, but why are they important? I'll tell you why -- because the available selection of applications designed for Android tablets sucks.

Google keeps telling developers exactly how to build their app to take advantage of the real estate on a tablet, but because there weren't that many out there, nobody listened. Sure, there are some really great applications done "right" and look fabulous on our tablets, but most of them are just the phone version blown up to fill the seven or ten inch screen on your tablet with unused white space. Have a look at iPad apps, and you'll know exactly what I mean

Hopefully, with more Android tablets being sold than any others, developers will take notice and change this. You simply can't afford to ignore over half the market, and we saw what happened when Android took the phone market away from everyone else. I'm looking for big things now that we can no longer be ignored.


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 00:15

It's easy to say, "Hey devs, get the freak on board already!" but I've listened and talked to CEOs and various developers talk about why iOS gets the apps first, and from the sound of it, it seems developing for Android is much more of a process. At least, that's if you care at all to create a solid experience versus just dropping something half-baked (as some Android devs do).

I only wish devs had an easier time with Android so that we could see more apps and games make it to the market. It gets annoying to see "GAME DEVELOPER BLAHDIBLAH PRODUCING GAME FOR IOS!" as I've seen with X-COM and just recently, a Sid Meier game. (just off the top of my head)

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 00:33

27,800,000 is a 347.5% improvement over 8,000,000. Where did the 247% figure come from?

EDIT: Ok I've looked at the article. Appears they have a typo in the table. They say the improvement is 247.5%, it should be 347.5%

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 00:42

That's one heck of an increase. Not that I'm surprised. Android is awesome.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 00:44

Something seems weird with those numbers

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 00:54

Doesn't surprise me as Android targets 100% of the hardware market (low, mid and high end). iPad is high-end only.

That's also the reason Android is the most used OS in phones :)

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:42

Ok forget my post above. YoY growth is 247%. Needed to minus the 100% of the previous years to calculate growth. My bad.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:48

It's easy to say, "Hey devs, get the freak on board already!" but I've listened and talked to CEOs and various developers talk about why iOS gets the apps first, and from the sound of it, it seems developing for Android is much more of a process. At least, that's if you care at all to create a solid experience versus just dropping something half-baked (as some Android devs do).

I only wish devs had an easier time with Android so that we could see more apps and games make it to the market. It gets annoying to see "GAME DEVELOPER BLAHDIBLAH PRODUCING GAME FOR IOS!" as I've seen with X-COM and just recently, a Sid Meier game. (just off the top of my head)

The other thing is that Android users don't want to spend money:
http://www.nytimes.c...&ref=technology&

It's been this way for years, and it makes sense. I'd say the majority of people buying Android are buying because it's cheaper. I had an android tablet for a while (back in Honeycomb days) and I noticed that most of the apps I'd have paid for on my iPod touch were free on Android but would have ads everywhere.
Also, it was a lot easier to sideload (read: steal) apps for android as well.

So all that to say that it makes sense to develop for iOS. Even Windows phone users are more willing to spend money on apps than Android users.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 04:44

Something seems weird with those numbers

lol it's android, they make up their own :p
I can see why, I like the android layout, on my S3 and my Note 10.1, my kids love the nexus 7's.
Easy to use, customisable, none of the cons other devices have (personal opinion only) but on the down side, only a few of the plus points that the rivals have also.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:14

Doesn't surprise me as Android targets 100% of the hardware market (low, mid and high end). iPad is high-end only.

That's also the reason Android is the most used OS in phones :)


ipad 2 is decidedly mid end.... though compared to most "mid" end androids, it's probably considered high end but still :)

these numbers seem weird, though we rarely sell android pads at all. it does say "shipped" though...

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:43

Good for Android, now let's see more tablet apps!

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:49

This is contradictory to what I see, no one has an Android tab and most of them are on shelves... maybe retailers are stocking without sales? iPads however are flying out the door.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 11:59

This is contradictory to what I see, no one has an Android tab and most of them are on shelves... maybe retailers are stocking without sales? iPads however are flying out the door.


The article says shipped....not sold. And what you see is a very small percentage with whats going on every where else.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 12:58

This is contradictory to what I see, no one has an Android tab and most of them are on shelves... maybe retailers are stocking without sales? iPads however are flying out the door.



shipped not sold .... and its just the opposite where i live ipads are not moving as much as the android tablet

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 13:36

what android tablet is moving though, the Galaxy tab top end model, or the Lenco 7 inch with a screen you can't see if you have lights on in the room that costs 99.9,-when the store isn't giving them away fro 50 to get rid of them.