I have never been to Viet Nam. Most of my knowledge comes from coverage of the Viet Nam war on television. I was looking at IDC’s news this week and found mention of tablet sales in Viet Nam and was curious. Interestingly, iPad is not leading there but Android/Linux has 60% share. Absolutely interesting is that “Linux” shows up at 1.3% share and that other OS is nowhere to be seen.
Admittedly it is a small sample but it shows GNU/Linux can thrive given the opportunity. The opportunity in Viet Nam and other emerging markets is that price/performance is absolutely vital. Profit margins for global corporations is the last thing consumers want to pump up. When people struggle to survive, GNU/Linux makes sense. It’s the right way to do IT. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. I wonder what tablets in Viet Nam run?
Viet Nam certainly has no problem selling GNU/Linux. site:www.trananh.vn linux gets 1700 hits. Oh my! That’s a growing business: “November 2011, the business results of the company’s continued growth: sales companywide months reached 151.86 billion 11/2011 growth than 9.48% and profit before tax was 8.32 billion copper increased 16.36% over the same period last year”
Their channel is unusual, too, with telephone and e-mail orders.
The picture is likely similar in Philippines where netbooks are actually growing in market share.
“Price-sensitivity is still a major characteristic of the local retail market. According to Ng Juan Jin, Market Analyst for Client Devices Research at IDC ASEAN, “The popularity of mininotebooks is evidence of end users prioritizing affordability over more advanced specifications. The surge in shipments indicates that first time users are content with the functionality of mininotebooks. And, given the relatively low adoption rate of PCs and the large low-income segment in the Philippines, there is still growth potential for mininotebooks provided prices remain low relative to other competing IT devices.” Sequential and year-on-year growth rates for mininotebooks are at 29% and 36% respectively.”