Android tablet makers should watch out for the Kindle Fire
By James Kendrick on Jan 30, 2012
Android tablet makers have been chasing the leader of the tablet pack, the iPad, for two years. New numbers that have been recently been collected show that the Amazon Kindle Fire is already taking over the Android tablet space. Samsung and friends better be fearing the Kindle Fire, not the iPad.
According to the new numbers from Flurry, the Kindle Fire has already dominated the Android tablet space, and not by a small margin. Tablet statistics are often questioned, as they usually track unit shipments and not sales. Flurry’s numbers avoid that by tracking end user application sessions over time. These are strictly measuring what device is being used for actual user sessions, so the statistics are useful when comparing devices.
In November of last year, Samsung ruled the Android tablet roost with a full 63 percent of all end user sessions. The next three most used Android tablets, Acer Iconia Tab, Motorola XOOM, and ASUS Transformer Prime, only accounted for 30 percent of user sessions combined. The Kindle Fire was only used for a measly 3 percent of sessions, as it had only just arrived in town.