Android supporters have reason to rejoice for the moment as tablets running our favorite mobile platform overtake Apple's iPads in Q3 2013 revenue. However, things might take a turn in favor of Apple when its new iPad models start flowing out.
Not content to rule the smartphone game, Samsung has announced they inter to dominate the tablet sector as well. Speaking to a group of analysts Wednesday meeting, Samsung executive Shin Jong-kyun told the crowd their tablet business was expanding rapidly, and they expected to become the largest supplier of tablet devices in the world.
An important consideration when making your tablet purchase is going to be the screen. It’s the only way we have to natively interact with the device, and we want it to be gorgeous, responsive, and snappy. The folks at DisplayMate have compared three of the most sought after 10-inch (ish) tablets for us: The Nexus 10, iPad Air, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch.
Android is gaining ground in the tablet sector, according to a recent study by IDC. Though Apple remains the king of tablets, Android is growing rapidly, and eating into Apple’s dominance. Results from the third quarter of 2013 show overall sales are up, but Apple has leveled off.
Curious what all this iPad news means for Android fans? We do, too. With the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display upping the ante on mobile technology in their own way, let’s take a look at what this means for Android tablets.
It appears as if we are seeing a shift in the tablet space. According to data coming from a recent ABI Research report, Android tablets are now outselling the iPad. The report points specifically to the second quarter of 2013, noting that "number of Android-powered tablets surpassed iOS-based slates for the first time."
It looks like Google has a winner with the new Nexus 7. A growing trend with each new smartphone and tablet as of late is the infamous drop test. Where someone tosses a few phones on the ground at different angles to see how it handles the situation, and if it can withstand an average users drop onto concrete. Well, Square Trade is testing the new Nexus 7 in a drop, slide, and water dunk test vs the competition in a new video.
Android has steadily risen to become the king of the hill of tablet devices, a position once solely enjoyed by Apple's iPad line. A recent study done by Strategy Analytics revealed that Android tablets have eaten away at Apple's pie of the tablet market, getting a solid foothold of 67 percent in the second quarter of 2013. Apple declines to 28 percent while Microsoft falls a 4.5 percent.
If you've been debating the purchase of a new small form factor tablet lately, Google just unveiled a brand new option that is probably your best bet. As you all know Google just dropped the new Android 4.3 Jelly Bean powered Nexus 7 on the world, and it comes at a great price. While we're not the biggest fans of these types of comparisons, we're sure a few wouldn't mind a quick rundown.
At the expense of the PC market, tablets will continue to see an increase of sales and shipments this year and pass the 200 million mark. At least according to the well-known research firm Gartner. With 2012 being a strong year for the tablet, this year is looking even better with shipments looking to increase 68%. At the same time PC's are on a decline and are expected to drop 10% or more.