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    New Data Suggests That Android Could Overtake the Apple iPad in the Tablet Market


    Perhaps this pic above is the way Apple perceives Android: The Android-Terminator!

    According to a new Pew report, shared in an article at Forbes.com, new data suggests that Android tablets are gaining ground quickly and may overtake sales of the Apple iPad in the near future. Here's a quote with the details,

    A year ago, according to a report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, Apple enjoyed 81% of the tablet market, but that lead has been reduced to 52%. Now, says the report, “Nearly half, 48%, now own an Android-based device; about half of them, 21%, Kindle Fires.” The Kindle Fire uses Google’s Android operating system with a different user interface and access to Amazon’s app marketplace rather than the Google Play app store.

    This is bad news for Apple and the news could get worse as lower cost Android tablets start to flood the market. Already, Amazon has reduced the price for a slightly updated version of its original Kindle Fire to $159 as it starts to ship higher-end models including a $199 7-inch version and a nearly iPad-size 8.9 inch model starting at $299.

    Apple does have a chance at keeping some of its market-share if it introduces a 7-inch tablet (dubbed “iPad Mini”) at an aggressive price but it’s likely to see the same kind of erosion in tablets that it’s already seen in smartphones. Android phones, according to IDC, have 68.1% market share compared to 16.9% for Apple and 4.8% for Blackberry.
    We knew that Android was gaining ground on iOS in the tablet arena, but we honestly didn't realize it was this fast. Maybe this is why Apple sees Android as such a threat and is attacking them in the courts?

    Source: Forbes
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    Re: New Data Suggests That Android Could Overtake the Apple iPad in the Tablet Market

    Totally off topic but that photo shall soon be my new avatar.
    I hope Apple sees this as a wake up call and starts innovating or Android may stagnate from lack of a competition fire under their butts or putting all their efforts into warding off lawsuits
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    Not suprising. We have 5 Android Tablets and 4 Android smartphones in our home now as it is. Next on the list is an Android device for the tv to replace the aging Roku.
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    I'm sure a good chunk of people will still buy the mini just because its apple
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    Quote Originally Posted by gthotie5 View Post
    I'm sure a good chunk of people will still buy the mini just because its apple
    Yep, no matter how good Android is there will always be isheep.
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    I sometimes wonder if "Apple vs. Android" is a fair comparison. Apple is a company -- they happen to produce consumer devices AND also create the software that runs on them. But Android is just an OS. And it's more or less free. Maybe the fairest comparison is Apple against whichever company is leading the Android pack, e.g., Samsung. It's also not totally fair that Android devices (phones and tablets) are "commoditized," that is, sold at razor-thin margins to help the spread of the OS itself (kind of begging for a virus-and-host metaphor here!).

    I think the counterargument is: it ONLY MATTERS what's in people's hands, which device they buy, to which side the dollars flow. And right now there are two major choices, and our favorite team is catching up or taking the lead. But is it a fair fight to pit ONE company/OS against 20 other companies (lumped into one category) that happen to use another OS? I think an interesting universe is the one in which iOS is commercially available, and other companies integrate it into their products and thus directly compete with Apple hardware and services. That would be a big step toward a much more equitable comparison.

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    I think the comparison of operating systems is a fair one, it's just often STATED wrong. It's not Apple vs Android. It's iOS vs Android.

    The issue BEHIND the comparison reveals two very different philosophies. The creator of iOS chooses not to license their product, so they can maintain very strict control. The creator of Android allows licensing.

    You know, just like Windows vs Apple OS. History repeats itself.
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    Apple is already the biggest company in the world. Their closed system approach is why they are so profitable in phone, tablets and even computers. And Apple buyers tend to stick with Apple products, so there's the whole vertical suite of sales.

    Market share, in this case, is really not the big deal people like to make of it. Apple only cares about that top 10-20% of customers where all the margin is. Is anyone in Android making money besides Samsung (and, well, Google)?
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    I would bet the biggest factor in Android's increasing market share has to do purely with pricing. Sure, Apple feels their product is superior and as such, should command a premium for the "Apple experience". That said, considering that the Apple premium runs at least $100 or more (depending on model), that is a tough sell to people, especially in this economy. When Apple is selling their base model WiFi-only iPad for $500, and prices go up to $650, and you can get a comparably equipped name-brand Android tablet for between $300 and $400, the many people will not be willing to pay the premium for one particular brand. The price differential is even more pronounced when you compare the iPad to the 7-inch Kindle Fire and Nexus 7, while retails for $200. When Apple finally does come out with the iPad Mini, they would be fools if they priced it any higher than $250 or $300.

    While Apple had momentum in the marketplace, they are not willing to make the product more affordable, so those with less cash to spend will always gravitate towards a less expensive alternative. This is why for decades, Apple never amounted to more than a 5 or 10 percent market share in PC's. When Apple computers were selling for around $1500, comparable Windows PC's were selling for around $700. And look at the huge numbers of lower end model Windows notebooks that are priced in the $300-$400 range and how well they sell. The lowest priced Apple notebook is their netbook equivalent (11.6 in screen, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage) and that sells for just under $1000.

    Apple has made their decision that they want to maximize profit, not maximize sales. Look at Mercedes. Their cars are expensive, and I'm sure that they make quite a bit of profit from their sales, but they will never turn over the number of units that GM or Toyota will, nor do they care to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiak799
    Apple is already the biggest company in the world. Their closed system approach is why they are so profitable in phone, tablets and even computers. And Apple buyers tend to stick with Apple products, so there's the whole vertical suite of sales.

    Market share, in this case, is really not the big deal people like to make of it. Apple only cares about that top 10-20% of customers where all the margin is. Is anyone in Android making money besides Samsung (and, well, Google)?
    I agree 100%. Market share, although it can be a good thing, is NOT Apple's top priority. Their priority is the "Apple Experience". They can charge more for that because, by definition, you can only get the Apple Experience from Apple! It matters not if the competition has a faster processor, a bigger screen, etc, etc, because the iPhone "just works". (How many times have we heard THAT?) And if the customer ever has a problem they just take it in to a "genius" who makes it "work" again.

    I'm pretty sure that a 20% market share is just fine with Apple, as long as they can charge customers a premium and get them to buy into the "Apple Experience".
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