2012 is the Year of the Android/Linux Tablet

Last year, Android/Linux began to gain traction in the tablet PC market. This year, even the white-box makers of tablets in China are cranking out 3 million tablets a month. Samsung, HTC, Amazon and the rest are producing more than that. IDC expects growth of tablet shipments of 40% but it could easily be 100%. At this rate, iPad is soon to lose its majority share of units shipped.
Digitimes – “The white-box makers are able to deliver a 10.1-inch model, which runs on Android 4.0 and has a display resolution of 1024 by 600 and 4GB built-in storage, at FOB prices of about US$100-110, indicated the sources.”

2012 is also the Year of the Small Cheap Computer. Why wait for Christmas to buy one? You can buy a PC for about the price of a monitor. At these prices, M$ will be unable to compete without cutting prices. Finally we have competition returning to retail shelves.

About Robert Pogson

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9 Responses to 2012 is the Year of the Android/Linux Tablet

  1. Ãœberdork wrote, “Android-based servers? I mean really? ARM processors are ok, but pretty limited”.

    There are many situations where a server does not need high throughput so ARM works well considering capital cost and space and power consumption. ARM can be beneficial in larger systems in the same way multiple cores are useful in x86 servers.

    While Android/Linux may seem strange for a server, I could see Android for the control panel or the GUI of a web application and Linux underneath running the hardware for Apache or nginx web servers. My Little Woman has a smart phone with an FTP client. It is pretty snappy and maxes out the wireless network. If the hardware moves the data rather than the application, it could be practical. Linux runs the hardware not Android and Linux is plenty fast enough to be useful.

  2. Ãœberdork says:

    Hey, Ohiao Ham!
    1) You’re wrong.
    2) Learn some proper syntax inch, and use it when you write.
    3) Android-based servers? I mean really? ARM processors are ok, but pretty limited. (And yes I do remember when they were the cutting edge of IT)

  3. oiaohm says:

    Viktor scumbag. I am not Oiao Ham never have been. Go back threw the linuxhater blog and other locations and see its a different person. As I said I have no problem with insult me but linking my actions to someone else is just down right disgusting.

    Now scumbag just like oiao ham the real one you want to attempt to put words in my month I never said.
    “On the one hand you claim that Microsoft’s Windows is only so damned successful because it is pre-installed on nearly all computers.

    On the other hand you want to make us believe that buying an Android phone somehow is a conscious (and conscientious) pro-Linux choice.”

    Now when I have said that this. Find it now. It does not exist. In fact I work for Android devices to have unlocked boot loaders and for companies making those devices to support custom image orders. Because I am really Pro choice when it comes to OS you are using. Yes I really would love to see a day you walk in store you pick up a phone/computer and pick the OS you wish to take it home with.

    Most of US anti Microsoft locked bundling are also anti android locked bundling.

    Yes there are a lot of devices from china sporting the allwinner A10 chip that I can custom order what ever image I like on them.

    “I mean, I would agree with you if it were these companies’ intent to spread Linux to the masses. But it isn’t. They want to sell their goddamn phones, and from that angle it doesn’t matter a bit if these run on Android which is based on the Linux kernel, or on petrol fumes.”

    How does this matter. Really you don’t get it. For Linux to be a competitor on desktop there are a list of requirements that must be meet. Only thing important for Linux is that Android is based on Linux and its not going to be some special side branch. While google was maintaining independent branch to mainline Linux would get no benefit from android. Its alteration to mainline Linux. Mainline Linux is the base all Linux Based OS’s come from any alteration their effects all of them.

    Android kernel requirements move Linux kernel from being a dominantly designed kernel for server usage. To a kernel that meets the requirements for desktop usage and mobile phone usage as well. So quality of Linux desktop experience will go up due to these changes. So result better desktop kernel for desktop Linux because of Android. Of course the makers of Android devices are not really bothered by the side effect.

    If the kernel is not right for the task. Everything above it does not stand a chance of getting it right.

    Linux Desktop up until Android has basically been built on a foundation of quicksand of a kernel not built for the task.

    Does it maker that Android makers make profit from phones to fund there developers to the people using the Linux Desktop if their experience improves? Really no it does not matter the important thing is that the experience improved not how.

    There is a reason for may. Android might be the complete destruction of the Linux Desktop as we know it. Android might be destruction of the Microsoft desktop as we know it as well. Android is not just stopping at making phones.

    Of course Mr Scumbag your mind is completely limited.

    HP goes to build a ARM based server. Android phones using ARM processors and soc designs. So all these are supported natively by the Linux kernel. So now HP development cost for this goes down and can choose better quality results.

    Now server companies have a broader diversity of arm hardware to choose from to build there product than what they had before android.

    Now above there I could swap the word server for thin-client, in tv interface …..

    Arm introduces a new video card to the game as well.

    Dominance of Android is having effects way outside android. Just because those makers are interesting is having a phone to sell they have to make drivers that work for that hardware. Just because something is phone shape does not stop that same hardware being made into a monitor, a thin client……
    This is the problem. The hardware used in phones does not stop at phones. The hardware appears in many different things can be redesigned as well.

    Linux is not about reinventing the wheel. Anything that brings large section of new hardware is going to have a effect. Question is how big.

    If you don’t want me to just refer to you as The scumbag. Viktor you will type my handle correct.

  4. Linux is wildly successful everywhere as far as I know. The smart phone is right up there with HPC and servers in popularity. The startling thing about smart phones is the price and rate of growth. It just cannot be beaten.

    The only thing impeding further success for GNU/Linux on the desktop is the Wintel lock-in. That is eroding as more people find they don’t need a fire-breathing CPU and that other OS in mobility. More people are living with web applications than ever before and any OS will do. */Linux wins that battle on price. It is inevitable like the tide, the weather, etc.

    OEMs do care about price. They are constantly struggling to raise margins and lowering the cost of the OS is a good way to do that. Convincing the retailers who are creatures of habit takes some time but it’s happening. I am seeing ATX boxes selling now for as little as $130, in Winnipeg, some with XP. The price of that other OS is being squeezed. A retailer could make a lot more money selling GNU/Linux than that other OS. In many parts of the world, retailers do that.

  5. Viktor says:

    Interesting, Ohio Ham. But that’s not the issue. The issue is:

    You can’t have it both ways!

    On the one hand you claim that Microsoft’s Windows is only so damned successful because it is pre-installed on nearly all computers.

    On the other hand you want to make us believe that buying an Android phone somehow is a conscious (and conscientious) pro-Linux choice.

    So tell me again how you come to the conclusion that a smartphone market, which except for the iPhone (and Windows Phone), these days is dominated by Android phones means a success for Linux!?

    I mean, I would agree with you if it were these companies’ intent to spread Linux to the masses. But it isn’t. They want to sell their goddamn phones, and from that angle it doesn’t matter a bit if these run on Android which is based on the Linux kernel, or on petrol fumes.

  6. oiaohm says:

    Viktor is simply thick.

    The android merge to mainline current effects. It has improved power effectiveness of Linux Desktop, Server and Embedded. It has expanded the number of Arm platforms Linux can run on. This helps the Server and Embedded markets directly now.

    Final result hardware requirements other than ram for Linux Desktop, Server and Embedded will include every hardware design that Android runs on.

    This is quite a radical change. Does it matter of Android users know this. No it does not. Does this threat to upset status quo giving Linux a vast new stack of perfectly supported hardware. Yes it does.

    Claiming no effect is not possible Viktor. The merge may see existing Linux desktop applications run on Android without alteration same is true for Android applications on Linux Desktop.

    This is quite a major shift it a very game or stupid person who tries to say it will have no effect.

  7. Andrew says:

    If no one cared what platform a unit was running then why;

    – the spenditure of billions of dollars of disingenuous information from companies such as gartner, forester, netapplications, idc/idg, etc.

    – the defense of multi-billion dollar corps, (microsoft, apple) by ‘independent blog commenters’

  8. viktor wrote, “we all know the Linux desktop has failed rather spectacularly. “

    Many of us do not know that. In fact many millions use GNU/Linux daily on desktops and notebooks with no problems at all. The “knowledge” that GNU/Linux has failed largely is based on the “1%” value from NetApplications which is provably false. They overstate MacOS numbers which we know from Apple’s SEC reports. They overstate that other OS which we know from M$’s bragging about licences sold. The only conclusion is that GNU/Linux is far greater than 1% in share. There are illegal copies of that other OS around but not enough to make GNU/Linux share that small. For March, their numbers for California are 9.35% for GNU/Linux. Is that failure? It’s not a pass/fail grade. It’s market share achieved with virtually no salesmen on the job. Imagine what the share would be with salesmen pushing it? Wait! Dell has salesmen in China doing just that. So has Canonical. Almost every OEM will ship GNU/Linux wholesale when asked. People are asking.

  9. Viktor says:

    First it was the year of the Linux desktop. For about 10 years at least. But as we all know the Linux desktop has failed rather spectacularly. Good riddance to it.

    Now you sing a new tune: it’s the year of the cheap Android/Linux smart device! No, it’s not. Really, it’s not. Get over it, accept reality. The Linux kernel is but a small part of Android. I’m pretty certain that all those people buying something like a Samsung Galaxy don’t care in the least about Android getting into the kernel tree or not. Go on, get out of your house, go to a shopping mall and ask them. They’ll roll their eyes, thinking: “What the hell does he want from me?”

    I will never understand why the I-want-to-believe-type of people like you think that Android will give a huge boost to Linux operating systems in general. They don’t profit one bit.

    But we all know that you’re not really interested in either Linux or Android. You’re only interested in anything anti-Microsoft. And that turns your “arguments” in nothing more than baseless rants.

    Let’s hope Microsoft doesn’t die too soon (chuckle!), or else you’d have nothing to live for anymore. That’d be sad.

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