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iPad share said down to 75%, but Android share misleading

updated 04:15 pm EST, Mon January 31, 2011

Strategy Analytics says iPad down to 75pc in fall

Strategy Analytics on Monday claimed that Android had carved deeply into Apple's market share of the tablet market despite new doubts. Devices like the Galaxy Tab had cut the iPad's share from a near-monopoly 95 percent down to 75.3 percent. Android itself claimed 21.6 percent of the market while the remaining 3.1 percent was split between Windows and every other minor tablet platform.

The US was the dominant environment, Strategy Analytics said. Most of Android's gains came from the sheer worldwide reach of the Galaxy Tab and the marketing campaign thrown behind it.

Google was expected to gain share again in the first half of this year once a wave of devices shown at CES began to ship, like the Motorola Xoom.

The researchers' results were nonetheless followed the same day as media discovered that Samsung had been misrepresenting Galaxy Tab sales by a wide margin. Although most companies often count shipments in their figures, a Samsung executive revealed that many if not most of the Android tablets, likely hundreds of thousands, were sitting on store shelves unsold. Apple assumes that the majority of its shipments sell and only sets a small amount aside for inventory and replacements.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. aristotles

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    So which is it?

    Does Android actually have 21% share or not? If the majority of those "sales" were shipped but not sold on the Android side then these numbers are meaningless and Apple still has a near monopoly.

  1. gudin

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    No definition of "Tablet"

    I don't see anywhere in the article where "Tablet" is defined. 22% of "Tablet" market. If Tablet included eReaders which happen to be based on Android (and are fine for their purpose but next to useless as general Android devices, and non-upgradable) then this statistic is meaningless. There are many such devices out there that cost $100 or so. These are in no way comparable to the iPad.

    So if the iPad has 75% of the market and owns the high end after having been on sale for 9 months then I think Apple is quite satisfied.

  1. kerryb

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    Where are they?

    I don't' know anyone that has an Android tablet, I don't see them at Best Buy or that type of store although they must be there. The iPad is in the hands of many friends and family members plus people in cafe's and public spaces. Where's the Android tablet at?

  1. facebook_Alberto

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    About the Galaxy Tab

    Certainly, the Galaxy Tab was the only real Apple's contender last year, 2 million shipped (not sold). I had the experience of playing with one on a demo from a Carrier last December, and with all respect It Sucks! =), here's why:

    - Too small to read a book or even browse the web.
    - The browser is not as responsive as in the iPad and
    - It feels as "solid" as my daughter's Fisher Price laptop.

  1. facebook_Alberto

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    About the Galaxy Tab

    Certainly, the Galaxy Tab was the only real Apple's contender last year, 2 million shipped (not sold). I had the experience of playing with one on a demo from a Carrier last December, and with all respect It Sucks! =), here's why:

    - Too small to read a book or even browse the web.
    - The browser is not as responsive as in the iPad and
    - It feels as "solid" as my daughter's Fisher Price laptop.

  1. lkrupp

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    Joined: May 2001

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    When oh when...!

    When are tech "jounalists" and posters going to get a handle on what a monopoly really is? If a company has 95% or even 100% of a market that DOES NOT MEAN they have a monopoly for christ's sake. A monopoly implies that a company is actively preventing competitive products from reaching the market. Microsoft is a convicted monopolist not because they had a large market share but because of the way they went about achieving that market share. Various morons have stated that Apple has a monopoly on its own products. Stupidity has no bounds I guess.

    The fact that CES was crawling with iPad "killers" means Apple is not a monopolist, no matter how much you hate Steve Jobs' guts. If 95% of consumers choose to purchase an iPad when they can choose a Galaxy Tab then that's their business. They have a choice. At&t was a government approved monopoly until 1984. If you wanted telephone service you had one choice, Ma Bell. Nobody was allowed, by law, to start up their own telephone company in at&t's territory. That's a monopoly! Get it?!

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    -7

    Will be interesting to see


    When the tablet-specific Android OS takes a foothold OOzing all that Google Goodness on some premium hardware.

    Will be fun to watch the no-holds barred, we take no prisoners fight!

  1. droz

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    Joined: Jul 2009

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    Re: Does Android actually have 21% share or not?

    No they do not. Apple continues to own 90+ %.

    Strategy Analytics has its head up its ***. They couldn't strategize or analyze their way off a toilet.

  1. slapppy

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    Not just misleading...

    ...it's complete B.S. LOL

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: When oh when

    When are tech "jounalists" and posters going to get a handle on what a monopoly really is? If a company has 95% or even 100% of a market that DOES NOT MEAN they have a monopoly for christ's sake.

    Actually, by definition, that is exactly what it means.

    A monopoly implies that a company is actively preventing competitive products from reaching the market.

    Actually, what you want is for the journalists and posters to understand YOUR definition of a monopoly, not the actual definition of a monopoly.

    h***, as wikipedia says,
    Holding a dominant position or a monopoly in the market is not illegal in itself, however certain categories of behavior can, when a business is dominant, be considered abusive and therefore be met with legal sanctions.

    When you abuse your monopoly position, that's when you start being investigated on ANTITRUST grounds.

    But you also prove your own point of not knowing what you are talking about:

    At&t was a government approved monopoly until 1984. If you wanted telephone service you had one choice, Ma Bell. Nobody was allowed, by law, to start up their own telephone company in at&t's territory. That's a monopoly! Get it?!

    But if the gov't made the monopoly of ATT, then it was the gov't preventing the competition. So ATT could NOT be a monopoly because ATT was NOT preventing competition!

    But I guess your history knowledge lacks the same 'truthiness' as your vocabulary. ATT was an approved government monopoly as a regulated business (like your electric companies were up through the 90s). But, again according to Wikipedia, they agreed in the 50's to limit themselves to 85% of the national telephone network (due to an antitrust case from the US gov't). And the breakup was in 1984, because, again, the gov't sued them for anti-competitive behavior in keeping out competition.

    A monopoly is NOT an issue. It's what you do with that position that can be an issue. And so far that hasn't been an issue with any of Apple's monopoly positions.

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