The one tablet device we get to hear of the most is no doubt the iPad and it always has some solid sales figures to back that up. However, that might just be a part of the entire story as some recent revelation has thrown open an interesting perspective to the entire tablet numbers game. While the iPad is still the tablet device to beat, the cumulative Android tablet sales too has increased significantly in recent times so that they now account for almost 40% of the iPad sales numbers.
All of it stems up from a statement made by Google’s ex-CEO and current chairman, Eric Schmidt at a recently concluded Motorola press event wherein he stated its about 1.3 million Android devices that are activated every day of which nearly 70,000 account for tablet PCs.
Ed Burnette from ZDNet used the figure and some more mathematical skills to come to the conclusion that Android tablet sales is closing the gap vis-a-vis the iPad so that the former now make up for 37.2 percent of the daily iPad sales. The actual figure will be higher than that since it excludes tablet devices such as the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet both of which run Android but shun Google apps and the Android activation number only include those devices that actually use Google account for their apps. The iPad figures have been drawn from the tablet’s last quarter sales figure of 17 million which boils down to 188,888 iPad sold on each day of the last quarter.
The conclusion is clear, Android is gaining on popularity and it can be attributed to its latest iteration, the Jelly Bean with its ‘butter smooth’ operations. Also, Jelly Bean couldn’t have had a better launch device than the Nexus 7 which boasts of extremely affordable prices while still sporting hi-tech internals. There are more such devices coming along in the 7 inch segment while the Kindle Fire too is expected to rake in some serious sales figures as well. Pity there aren’t exact sales figures of two of the biggest selling Android tablets — the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire.