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In the UK, Android has now grabbed 45.2% of market shares. There are now 130 million Android devices around the world, with 550,000 Android devices being activated on a daily basis. This is due to the powerful handsets in the market today such as the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S2. Despite snatching the lead is the OS market, the race for tablet supremacy is still a different story. The iPad is still going strong.
Compared to rival tablet manufacturers such as the Blackberry Playbook and Android tablets like the Motorola Xoom, the iPad sells eight times more compared to its competitors. With this much of a lead compared to its rivals, the iPad will maintain the dominant tablet for a long time.
Let’s take a look at the numbers. Ever since its launch, there are now 25 million iPads sold across the globe. This is an overwhelming lead to catch up to, since its rivals has only sold approximately 2 to 3 million tablets put together. The Honeycomb-powered Motorola Xoom sold only 25,000 units in the few weeks it hit stores. The Blackberry Playbook sold a total of 500,000 in 2011’s first quarter, but is currently expecting fewer sales due to a low demand and negative reviews.
Apple is expected to sell from 40 to 50 million units of the iPad by 2011’s end. It has been predicted that the competition will only catch up to Apple sometime in 2012.
Walter Shimoon faces as much as 30 years of imprisonment in the US for pleading guilty to leaking information on Apple devices before being officially launched.
Shimoon admitted to leaking information on the first iPad to other industry leaders. Aside from information about the iPad, Walter also leaked some information about the iPhone 4. Prosecutors said that it was the two cameras on the iPhone 4 that Shimoon leaked.
Shimoon gained access to this information when he working at Flextronics International, which is one of the suppliers of components of Apple along with other companies. This is how he gained access to secret information about Apple’s then future devices. By leaking information, he was paid $27,000.00 or £16,900.00. On December of 2010, he was arrested by the authorities.
Shimoon mentioned that the iPad, then codenamed the K48, was to be released in December of 2009. The first generation iPad was released on January of 2010; just a month after Shimoon said it would.
In recorded calls made by Walter, he mentioned that, due to a non-disclosure agreement, employees on Apple’s supply line could get fired for merely mentioning “K48” without the presence of authorized personnel.
In July of 2013, Shimoon will receive his sentence. What lesson did we learn here? If you work for one of Apple’s suppliers and you plan to leak information about up and coming devices, prepare yourself for Apple’s wrath.
What is the biggest downfall of Android Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom? Its biggest downfall is apps. There are literally hundreds of thousands of app found on the Android Market and only a few apps for Honeycomb tablets. This is one of the main reasons why the Xoom failed miserably in its attempt to bring down the Apple iPad 2.
Compared to the Android Market, the Apple App Store has more than 100,000 apps especially designed for the iPad. For Android Honeycomb tablets like the Xoom and Samsung’s the number of apps amount to only a few hundred. This means that Apple iPad users have more choices in tools, eBooks, fun, and entertainment. This is the main reason why the iPad is still going strong.
This is the main reason why there is an ongoing love affair between users and the Apple iOS tablet. On Apple’s app offering, app developers offer more iPad-optimized games, tools, news, movies, music, and other forms of entertainment.
According to CNET, when the iPad was released to the market last year, it only came with 5,000 native apps. This quickly grew to 11,000 native apps on the 2nd quarter of 2010. When the iPad 2 was announced on March of this year, these apps have grown to 65,000. At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that these apps have grown to over 90,000.
Coupled with the Cupertino firm’s unrivaled marketing prowess and the preference of app developers to the iOS platform, there is no doubt that future versions of the iPad will still remain the most popular tablet in the market.
However, this dominance is indefinite. The Ice cream Sandwich is on the horizon. This may be one of the reasons why app devs have been waiting for the right time to create more tablet-optimized apps for Android. Developers can hit two birds with one stone, since ICS is set to unite both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. We might just see more apps for Android tablets when the Ice Cream Sandwich rolls out.