When it comes to Android tablets, most come up pretty short when compared to Apple’s iPad. But Archos has unveiled a new tablet that takes Android tablets to a whole new level and offers up real competition in terms of hardware for the iPad.
Based on initial sales reports and some tablet market flip flops, the few Android tablets that have hit the shelves so far seem to have crashed and burned. Early sales figures indicate that no Android tab is coming close to being the much-awaited Apple iPad alternative. But will time heal all? Does the Android tablet just need the same growing time that consumers gave the iPad?
According to the latest studies from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 25 million this year. The bigger news behind that? Apple’s tablet share fell from 64% in Q3 2011 to 57% now, leaving Android tablets room to take 41% of the market share.
Competition in the low-cost tablet space has been heating up for a while now thanks to strong new hardware from the likes of Asus, Google, and Barnes & Noble, but it seems the time has come for the Kindle Fire hucksters at Amazon to go on the offensive against a very prominent rival: Apple’s iPad mini.
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Amid all the Microsoft Surface vs. Apple iPad noise, The VAR Guy is closely watching Samsung’s endpoint and mobile device strategy — which includes smartphones, tablets, Google Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and perhaps even some cloud services. Here’s why Samsung demands The VAR Guy’s attention — and partner attention.
Let’s start with the Google Android market.
"I'm about ready to throw in the towel on Android tablets out of sheer frustration. As a Linux user and Android fan, I've been patiently waiting for a decent iPad competitor to hit U.S. shores. The Galaxy Tab looked promising, until Verizon and Samsung stuck a $600 price tag on the tablet," Brockmeier writes.
Hours before Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) unveiled the iPad Mini today, The Wall Street Journal noted that Apple faces intense competition from Amazon Kindle and numerous Google Android tablets that have seven-inch screens. But The VAR Guy was shocked to see the Journal did not mention Microsoft’s Surface tablet, running Windows 8 or Windows RT, which launches later this week.
Fierce competition in the media tablet market in Australia and New Zealand has seen a doubling of sales in the second quarter this year, with Android outpacing Apple’s iPad over the three months. Multiple launches of Android-based devices drove the market, with more competition coming soon from Amazon Kindle Fire and other global players.