Oct 19 AT 8:29 AM Anthony Domanico 5 Comments

Andy Rubin: 6 million Android Tablets in the wild


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.

Source: Engadget

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  • Black Kristos

    Honestly, the unification of OS in 4.0 is what will get me to finally buy a tablet. That is why Apple sold so many iPads to iPhone users; they gave compelling reason to consumers to have both a phone and a tablet. With ICS, I bet we’ll see a lot more of that sort of marketing from OEM’s.

    • Dharmabhum

      Spot on Kristos. Android has the polish needed (and the unification to which you alluded) to really make a quality effort at the tablet segment. That same polish I think finally brings the latest versions of the leading OSes, Android 4.0 and iOS5, on par with each other, and that graphical unity with cohesive, system-wide input (swiping to remove, etc) also puts Android in position to gain much more traction in both the smartphone and tablet markets than they ever had before.

      • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

        couldn’t have said it better myself. We know honeycomb was a half-baked effort, and Ice Cream Sandwich should be able to come right in and make Android tablets more viable.

  • Mil

    Likewise, Honeycomb on tablets just didn’t feel polished enough. It was a rushed job to get into the tablet market. We all know the delays that can be expected from manufacturers to update Android so I was not prepared to bank on a HC tablet being upgraded to ICS.

    Google have clearly taken a quality approach with ICS so I’m definitely looking forward to a nice looking tablet with ICS. A tablet like the Toshiba Excite AT200 with ICS would be the perfect combination. Toshiba Excite hasn’t been released yet and I really hope this is because they are releasing with ICS at launch.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, I can’t wait to see what the first line of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets will look like when they release in the next few months.