21
Jul
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According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, Android now holds 30% of the tablet market, which is a massive jump from 2.9% in Q2 of last year. This can certainly be attributed to the slew of Android-powered tablets released in the last several months, like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab A500, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and HTC Flyer/View 4G.

This time last year the iPad was top dog, with 94% of the tablet market in its pocket. Considering that the original Samsung Galaxy Tab had yet to be released, that makes perfect sense. Now, Apple is only looking at 61.3% of the market, proving that Android is indeed a force to be reckoned with.

Of course, this is but one study by one market firm, and as such shouldn't be held as the bottom line on statistical information. With that said, I look forward to seeing similar studies from other firms for comparison.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Adam

    I'm happy for Android, but I'm not really going to start rooting for them over the iPad in the tablet market until they can make a tablet that doesn't slow to a crawl every time you open a few apps.

    Playing around with the iPad, everything is very snappy and smooth. The Android experience as it stands is usually laggy and random apps will start to cause slowdown.

    I've played with the Xoom which as I understand it is currently one of the top of the line Android tablets, and even this tablet has the slowdown problems after a little bit of use.

    • Cameron Summerson

      That's interesting, because I leave my Tab 10.1 on all the time, run several apps at once each time I use it, and I've never experienced a slowdown of any kind.

      • Adam

        I might be overstating the "slowdown". What I mean is it goes from super smooth animations and such between screens to a noticeable jagginess, as though maybe it were dropped from 30 frames per second down to maybe 24.

        It could just be the demo models at stores having this problem, but it seems to be consistent with the four stores I've played with them at (and I love skipping over to go play with the tablets).

        • Phil

          I wouldn't judge performance based on any display device in a store unless maybe you reboot it. People have been doing all kinds of random things to them. And yes I've picked up an iPhone 4 demo model in a Best Buy that was running slow as a dog.

        • Over and ut

          I own both platforms SGT 10.1 for me and ipad2 for wife. I can honestly say that the tab is very fast if not faster compared to to ipad not sure what slowdown you have experienced. Also everyday we find something the tab does that the ipad cant. perhaps it will with the ios5 update. I for one am very pleased with my SGT 10.1 investment, thinner, lighter, faster, sharper.

    • http://www.aaandroid.com/ Avi

      I've been using the. Xoom daily since launch as well as the Transformer. Slowdown claims are completely false. Both tablets run a smooth as the day I bought them. I'll put either of my tablets loaded with apps against any iPad any day.

    • Jon Garrett

      My Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 never slows down and I have NO lag, even when running multiple apps AND live wallpapers.

      However,

      I do notice lag IF and only if I fill up the screens with widgets.

  • http://www.AdvancedLaserServices.com Chris Kelbaugh

    I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and run all kinds of stuff for work and play and it is always smooth. And now that I have Netflix I can say the streaming video is outstanding!!!
    Great Job by Samsung & Google

  • Over and ut

    I own both platforms SGT 10.1 for me and ipad2 for wife. I can honestly say that the tab is very fast if not faster compared to to ipad not sure what slowdown you have experienced. Also everyday we find something the tab does that the ipad cant. perhaps it will with the ios5 update. I for one am very pleased with my SGT 10.1 investment, thinner, lighter, faster, sharper.

  • kumar

    Even my outdated galaxy tab 7 with gingebread is faster than the ios 4.3.3 ipad1 I had before it.

  • Sush

    I seriously doubt this survey. I work in the financial captial and the heart of London. Trust me, I havent seen a single user holding a Android tablet in the entire last 1 year. The only people using or buying these devices would be developers I believe, I being one of them :)

  • davidian

    Sush, I agree the number seems a little too high butyou have to remember that London is very iPhone dominated with a lot of people on high incomes prepared to splash out top dollar for Apple products. Outside of London / high income areas you see a lot more Android products.

  • azumihk

    london maybe, but come to asia u see many many many many many android tablets on the street , in the bus , everywhere and the sg tab10.1 not even released yet :):)

  • Jon Garrett

    This is what I love about Android Websites as opposed to apple sites. I'm so glad you guys pointed out that this is just one study by one firm.

    Had this been on an apple fan site but in favor of iDevices, they would have wrote this story with all the FACTS either left out or simply lied.

    thanks for this story.

    • Custom Colonel

      Considering that they left off the FACT that these are shipments and not sales, I'd say you're wrong.

  • Custom Colonel

    This is shipments...not sales. If you people think that Android tablets have a 30% share in the real world, I have a bridge to sell you in my garage.

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    Here's a nice little statistic to bolster your claim.