Though we’ve had some information trickle in about the number of Android tablets in the wild, these numbers have largely been tablet shipments, which can vary significantly from the number of activated devices. At AsiaD this morning, Google Senior VP Andy Rubin mentioned that there are roughly six million activated Android tablets in the hands of consumers today.
The six million number suggests that Apple’s iPad line is still dominating the tablet market. Apple sold 15 million units of the iPad in 2010 alone and is on pace for 166% growth in 2011. It’s clear that Google has a lot of work to do if it wishes to gain traction in the tablet market.
Fortunately, the increased focus on user experience in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich may mark a significant turning point for Google tablets and may be the boost Android needs to capture more would-be tablet owners. With the launch of the first quad-core tablet around the corner, perhaps the turnaround will happen sooner rather than later.