February 10, 2012
The iPad is amazingly popular. As if you needed further evidence to that end, GeekWire received a tip today, outlining -- in very real terms -- Apple's continued tablet success over its Android competition. From a leaked USA Today presentation slide, the publication shows that it's been downloaded 2.9 million times for iPad compared to just 390,000 times for Android at large. That represents a more-than-seven-fold margin for Apple. Wait a second -- Just seven-fold? That seems a bit low considering the vast disparity in unit sales so far, doesn't it? I mean, shouldn't Android be (way) farther behind in the tablet wars? Well, yes. And it is. See, the above-quoted Android figure is a combined mix, with Amazon's Kindle Fire included in the tally. Take out the Fire's numbers (260,000 downloads), and all the remaining Android tablets account for fewer downloads than those garnered by the now-defunct HP TouchPad! That's right: For tablets, even dead, old webOS is more popular than vanilla Android. Yikes. For a more in-depth breakdown and analysis (and info on the smartphone side of things), Electronista puts the numbers in better perspective still.