ComScore says the Kindle Fire has 54.4 percent of the “Android” tablet market (read as “Android and Android derivatives” tablet market). I’m kind of surprised it’s that low, frankly. My experience is anecdotal and based on a bad sample since I live in Amazon country, but when I used to commute to Seattle I saw lots of Kindle Fires and iPads, a few Nooks and really nothing else. I know a number of people who have Fires and, as far as I know, don’t know anyone who has another Android or Android derivative-based tablet.
It’s possible, of course, that I do and they just don’t want to admit it.
What’s worse for Google is that the Fire’s share is rising, while the share of almost every tablet that’s Android proper is falling except the Lenovo and “Other”, which I wouldn’t be surprised to find is the actual name of an Android tablet OEM.
Still, market share’s not that important, right? What’s important is profit. Which for Google mostly comes from iOS-based devices.
Hmm. Well, maybe Android is the platform that tries harder or has a nice personality or calls its mother every week. Ever think of that?
I did have my first sighting of a Galaxy Note in the wild last night, complete with stylus usage. I feel like I should get some kind of merit badge. And possibly a vaccination.
I’m kidding. I’m sure it’s a lovely device and that guy in the suit will be very happy with it.