Why Samsung’s Actually the Quiet Leader in Android Tablets, Not Amazon or Google, According to Animoca

Why Samsung’s Actually the Quiet Leader in Android Tablets, Not Amazon or Google, According to Animoca

Apr 12, 2013

A lot of the discussion around Android tablets seems to cover the Nexus 7, being that it is an official Google device, along with the Kindle Fire line, since Amazon is a huge player as well.

However, Samsung, well-known for leading the market and headlines on the phone side of Android, are apparently the big fish in tablets as well, according to data collected from global app publisher Animoca. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 represented 11.8% (across cellular and wifi-only models) of Animoca’s sample of 978,000 users (margin of error +/- .1%). The 10.1″ Galaxy Tab 2 was second with 8.3%, the original Kindle Fire at 7.5%, the Kindle Fire HD at 4.9%, the original 7″ Galaxy Tab at 4.8%, and the Nexus 7 and 3.8%. The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes in at 3.0% (second among 10.1″ tablets), followed by the Asus Transformer models TF101 and TF300 at 0.9% each. The Nexus 10 is nowhere to be found in the sample, taken from February 18th to March 20th, 2013.

The big takeaway is that not only are 7″ tablets the dominant form factor, at least among Animoca’s data, but also that Samsung definitely has exploited their massive marketing ability to be the leader in the Android space – they advertise their phones and tablets frequently, have widespread retail availability along with defined branding, and have managed to top the Android tablet charts, it seems. It’s fascinating.

The Hills Are Greener: Why Smaller Tablets Aren’t Just Physically Smaller

The Hills Are Greener: Why Smaller Tablets Aren’t Just Physically Smaller

Jan 21, 2013

A reminder that the Android market is not the same as the iOS market has been served by Super Hexagon. The Nexus 7 version of the game suffers from a latency issue on touch release that appears to be a hardware-level issue thanks to a cheap touchscreen on the Nexus 7, according to developer Terry Cavanagh; initially the game was going to skip the Nexus 7 but as players manually installed the game and reported that the issues were minor, he decided to go ahead and enabled Nexus 7 support on Google Play. Crisis averted.

Now, while eventually it was sorted out, the point is this: the Android tablet market is largely defined by cheap devices. The Nexus 7 got its start, after all, as a low-cost 7" tablet from Asus that was highly-powered, but concessions had to be made to get it down to the $200 level. There’s a general feel that it is less sturdy than say an iPad, though its rubbery grip could be the cause of that. Still, it’s something that pales in comparison to Apple’s hardware design – one may not enjoy Apple products, but their craftsmanship is very high, even on their relatively low cost ones.

It’s not just Google that’s doing it: Amazon and Nook are pushing low costs on their tablets too. And that’s not to speak of the many nameless manufacturers trying to cut below even them. The market has spoken, and in the 7“ range at least, people want cheap tablets. And there’s a chance that in getting them, quality is going to suffer at least a little bit. And while the 10” market is a bigger unknown – the smaller 7–8" range is the hot market now with the iPad jumping in, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 is certainly well-advertised, but finding out just how many units its sold is not an easy endeavor, while Samsung touts the sales of the entire Galaxy Note line. The Nexus 10 is sold out on Google Play, but who knows how accurate that is. Maybe only 10 Nexus 10s were made. The fact that the Nexus 4 is still out of stock is still suspicious as compared to how fast they should be produced. Who knows.

The point is this: the 7“ market is the clear winner for Android, but people should not expect to be getting the absolute latest and greatest because of the demand for low prices. And a similar phone market is unlikely to develop long-term because phone subsidies on 2-year contracts bring prices into the range of 7” tablets. Heck, even Apple is underpowering the iPad Mini compared to the full-size line. That says a lot about what this market really is.

The Hills Are Greener: The Tablet Conundrum

The Hills Are Greener: The Tablet Conundrum

Mar 7, 2011

This past week, Apple announced the iPad 2, which should come as a shock to no one, unless you live under a rock, which actually isn’t a bad idea as I assume the rent is cheap there, no? Of course, it features a modified design, the obvious addition of a front-facing camera, as Apple absolutely loves FaceTime. There’s a rear-facing camera, in what is probably the one concession to competing Android tablets, even if you can only take 720p pictures with it, like the iPod touch 4th Generation. Inside you will find the new dual-core A5 chip to ensure those 3D games will look even better than ever and the battery life is thankfully still a relative eternity. The problem with the iPad 2 of course, is that it’s still an iOS device. Which makes it a lousy computer..

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab

Sep 17, 2010

The folks over at Android Central are reporting on Samsung’s announcement yesterday about their Galaxy Tab, a new Android powered tablet device. It will run on all major US carriers: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Samsung is quoted as saying,

The Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat while on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1. Just like the Galaxy S smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application and the new Media Hub content service, offering a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies.

According to Android Central, Samsung is planning to have these babies out by this holiday season, and that a wifi only version is in the works.

Obviously, this is a direct competitor to the gorilla in the room, the Apple iPad. Whether devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab will compete at the same level as Android devices have with the iPhone remains to be seen. Stay tuned right here as we keep you abreast of all the latest news in this arena.