The Strange Case of Tablets

I haven’t had much in the way of statistics on tablets since the year-end stuff. This needs to be fixed…

I visited StatCounter and asked for all of the CSVs of Tablet OS v Continent. After a lot of cutting and pasting this emerged:

I noticed a few things:

  1. In “established” IT markets there are some GNU/Linux tablets rattling around.
  2. Everywhere, iOS had a head start. That’s because Apple went to market first.
  3. In established IT markets iOS holds its lead longer.
  4. In emerging markets Android/Linux is nearly caught up with iOS.

This is about installed base assuming folks are using those tablets to browse which is very likely. It looks like iOS is converging to be somewhat less than 50% everywhere. It looks like Android/Linux is going to take over emerging markets this year and established markets within a couple of years. I have no idea what’s happening with GNU/Linux on tablets. Is that Ubuntu GNU/Linux? Why is there a spurt followed by a plateau? It’s all good. Freedom has come to smartphones and it will this year to tablets as well. Wake up OEMs and retailers! FLOSS sells! Start selling it on legacy PCs.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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One Response to The Strange Case of Tablets

  1. Mats Hagglund says:

    The main question: are iPad users browsing much more than those having Android tablets? That’s because Android was the market leader in late 2012 and having some 65% market share of new tablets after Q1 2013.

    If that’s true what’s the reason? It’s hardly true at all that most of white box tablets (with Android) are just toys for kids replacing perhaps iPods but not iPads.

    Is StatCounter interesting mostly just market share of those devices “buying something” just like Net Application? The question is: why are StatCounter or Net Application making these statistics? Are they really keen on knowing what’s the real market share of pc and mobiles? I doubt it.

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