Android tablets outsold the iPad in 2013


It was only a matter of time; research from Gartner has revealed that Android tablets have finally outsold the iPad in 2013. Gartner reports that more than 121 million Android tablets were sold in 2013 alone, while the iPad sold approximately 70 million units.

The sales were enough to push the Android tablet marketshare far ahead to 61.9 percent, with the iOS slate now trailing with only 36 percent. However, the increased sales and marketshare did not translate into higher profits for Android tablet manufacturers. In fact, the reason for the dominance in marketshare was due to the proliferation of affordable, low-end devices.

Now that more Android tablets are in consumers’ hands, hopefully Google follows it up with increased support or incentive for tablet-optimized apps, an area where the iPad still dominates.

[via Gartner, Engadget]

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  • fred

    Enrique, I recently googled “where to get WINE for Android.” I read the article about Wine on Android you did about a year ago. Just wondering if you found the prospect of running Windows apps on Android. If so, I have a system, TCB, that lets anyone create Windows apps without coding. Not just “apps” as in Android or the games that WINE is most used for to run games Windows games on Linux. The system creates serious, database-driven, custom, business and personal computer solutions without coding.

    A freely distributed version of the commercial TCB VMRADS development system, tcbPortable, exists. Eventually it will be made OpenSource. It consists of special versions of the TCB runtimes and sample processes that displays a decent (I hope) startup process. There are over 300 files in 8 folders.

    In the TCB VMRADS version, all of these folders would be tables in a standard database and the files would be records in the tables. This includes binary files such as graphics, video, sound or other media used in presentations.

    The tcbPortable version runs processes stored in plain text files. A process can consist of as little as 2 relatively short lines of text. A tcbPortable solution designer could create a schema that used a database for most all folders and files. However, binary files cannot be accommodated in the database and neither can multi-line files because of the access method used with tcbPortable. But multi-line plain text file such as .txt and .rtf files are accommodated by special functioning built into tcbPortable.

    A text editor is all that is required to create and modify these processes. For all intents and purposes, a process performs exactly the same functions as a hard-coded computer program. A computer program usually needs another program or set of programs to run, the operating system. TCB processes need a runtime program to run.

    The system is extremely portable. So portable that I can email you a version that runs under Windows or Linux with WINE. This version is a slimmed version, tcbPortable. It has docs and good samples to “play” with.

    Send me an email address I can send the system to. The system is contained in a compressed, self-extracting archive file of less than 2 megabytes.

    Please do not be misled by the small size of the package. I think that you will be very impressed by the power this system puts in the hands of ordinary people.

    There is a real startup opportunity here. Enrique, I’m a one man shop just at the starting line. I believe this opportunity is similar in value to a facebook startup etc. but without having to “open and run a store” for a few years as facebook had to do.

    Sorry this is so long-winded but I want to give you a good grounding in what this is all about so you will want to download the package and check it out. My email address is “makpiya” at “@” “aol” dotcom.

    PS a positive review of tcbPortable to the Codeview folks might cause them to consider speeding up development of WINE for the Android platform. Gee, I could finally have a decent calendar tracking application on my phone as well as expanded contacts!