In February 2011, Changewave surveyed US consumers and found 5% were thinking of buying a tablet personal computer. In November the result is 14%. That’s phenomenal but also important is the target. In February, 82% of those thinking of buying a tablet were thinking iPad. Now it’s 65%. That’s a huge change in mind-share. Kindle Fire is top of the non-iPad list followed by Samsung Galaxy Tab. Imagine how the momentum has changed in less Apple-friendly regions like China… 2012 could be the end of Apple’s tablet monopoly. No wonder the lawsuits. Apple was trying to preserve the monopoly one way or another. It’s not working.
see The Register The title is misleading, “Kindle Fire demand hits iPad rivals not iPad”. A drop of 21% of mind-share in 9 months is a hit. Kindle Fire runs Android/Linux so it’s no hit for Android/Linux that Kindle is catching fire.