I should not have to write about this again but stories are popping up all over the web that Android/Linux tablets are not selling well against iPad and that iPad is pulling away. Nothing could be further from the truth:
- Amazon.com shows 8 Android tablets selling with greater popularity than iPad. Those 8 all have 4 stars just like the iPad. Between the iPad 16 gB and the 32gB there are three more Android/Linux tablets.
- iSuppli, which fawns over iPad, draws a chart showing iPad losing its majority to Android/Linux in 2012.
- Even The Register gets in on the act.
The truth is that Android/Linux on tablets is doing very well considering that only a few tablets with the latest Android/Linux version are out there. They are selling well and by Christmas we will see suppliers maxed out with Android/Linux tablets. The truth is that Android 2.x kicked Apple’s butt on smart phones and Android 3.x will on tablets. Android 3.x is only on a tiny proportion of devices. Android 3.x has not even been properly released. The source code to much of it is not available. 3.0 first sold on Xooms in February, 2011. 4.0 is expected in Q4 2011 and should be released in source code for smart phones and tablets.
That Android/Linux tablets are doing so well using a release designed for smart phones is an indication of how robust Android/Linux will be when it is ready to meet iPad.