My competence is not in the tablets/PC space but I know many of my readers are interested in that area too, and obviously tablets are increasingly relevant in the overall digital convergence space. They don't compare in scale to smartphone sales or mobile phone handset sales, but tablets are very significant in the far smaller PC industry, and there is some overlap in usage. So for my readers, if you missed it, IDC has just reported tablet sales today for Q1. The moment has arrived when iOS no longer powers most tablets sold, Android has passed iOS. Apple's iPad still remains the bestselling single tablet brand, with Samsung the strong number 2. Here are the numbers as per IDC:
Top 5 tablet makers as per IDC in Q1:
Apple . . . . . . 39.6%
Samsung . . . 17.2%
Asus . . . . . . . 5.5%
Amazon . . . . . 3.7%
Microsoft . . . . 1.8%
Total tablets sold in Q1: 49.2 million units
Android powered 56.5% of all tablets, iOS powered 39.6% and Windows 1.8%
Source: IDC May 1, 2013
So ever more proof first, that Android is the dominant computing platform on the planet - as I reported here last year - and here are the total computer sales stats for year 2012 when all types of computers from desktops to smartphones are counted.
Secondly, what is obvious to many tech analysts but not obvious to iFanatics, is that Apple cannot hold the majority of any market with its high-priced products, that is obvious, but some keep holding onto the fantasy. Apple can make the biggest profits, yes, but it cannot hold the market share, it is destined to become a niche player over time, and thus it needs to seek to discover more untapped market spaces (like portable music players, touch-screen smartphones and tablet PCs in the past 12 years). So we await the iWatch or whatever iCool next comes our way from the iBrains at the iCampus.
Lastly, Microsoft? Yeah. Windows ruled the computer worlds for three decades but under Ballmer it all has gone wrong (as I explained here last year) and the Windows era in computing is over. They have 1.8% in tablets - the future of portable computing - where they owned over 90% of all portable computing four years ago. Microsoft has 3% market share in smartphones, whereas under Bill Gates they held 12% in smartphones just six years ago. And all PC makers have said that smartphones are computers and smartphones are the future and the bulk of the mass market of consumer use of computing. So all Microsoft has left is the ever-shrinking piece of the pie that is the desktop. Good luck with that...