Android tablet shipments picked up steam in the second quarter, with multiple vendors delivering 4.6 million units and collectively holding a 30.1 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics. Global tablet shipments reached 15.1 million in the three months through June -- a dramatic rise from 3.5 million tablets shipped in the same quarter last year, the Boston-based research firm said.
Apple continued to lead the tablet market with a 61 percent share after shipping a record 9.3 million iPads, but multiple Android models distributed across multiple countries by vendors such as Samsung, Acer, ASUS and Motorola drove up the volume, noted Strategy Analytics Director Neil Mawston. "However, no Android vendor yet offers a blockbuster model to rival the iPad," Mawston said Thursday. "And demand for many Android vendors' products remains patchy."
Through the efforts of partners such as Fujitsu, tablets based on Windows 7 managed to capture five percent of the market in the quarter. Additionally, Research In Motion's QNX-based PlayBook managed to claim 3.3 percent of the market -- despite a lackluster launch and design issues, Mawston observed.
A Higher Competitive Bar
"If tablet manufacturers can combine Honeycomb's improved usability with attractive hardware designs and well-stocked app stores, then Android should see robust demand this year," Mawston said. "However, Apple is not standing still, and the iPad 3 updates over the next few quarters are likely to raise the competitive bar even higher."
According to IDC, Android held a 26 percent share of the tablet market in the fourth quarter of 2010 due to a heavy ramp-up, and Android's share in the first quarter of 2011 amounted to 34.4 percent -- relative to Apple's seasonal, production and product transitions in the first three months of the year, noted Vice President Loren Loverde.
"Android is expected to be at 27 percent in the second quarter -- and likely to be between [27 to 34.4 percent] in the second half of 2011," Loverde said Thursday. "That would represent some incremental growth from the fourth quarter of 2010, and we expect some gradual gains thereafter -- which will be highly dependent on new products launched from competitors."
Apple's Enterprise Advantage
What Gartner continues to see from consumers and enterprises alike is a lot of interest in the iPad, noted Vice President Carolina Milanesi on Thursday. "The price difference is not that great and the ecosystem of apps still [too] superior for consumers to ignore iPad," Milanesi said. (continued...)
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Posted: 2011-07-28 @ 12:48pm PT
I think Android SUCKS