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:
- In “established” IT markets there are some GNU/Linux tablets rattling around.
- Everywhere, iOS had a head start. That’s because Apple went to market first.
- In established IT markets iOS holds its lead longer.
- 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.