I have been predicting for a while that Android/Linux would kick butt in tablets for 2012. It seems now that industry-players are seeing the same things:
- Apple is surrounded and out-numbered,
- Apple is not well-represented in many regions,
- M$ and that other OS are not in play, and
- Android/Linux is working well for users and there are tons of apps.
Further, the “investment” by M$ in Barnes & Noble makes an uneven playing field. OEMs are better off investing in Android/Linux devices than hoping M$ will click on tablets. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. By now Android/Linux will have 50% unit-share of tablets being shipped and Android/Linux is not slowing down even though sales of tablets may.
see Digitimes – Android 4.0 tablet PCs to dominate in 3Q12.