It’s no secret that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has been selling well in the States. It’s one of the few Android-powered tablet to have struck the perfect balance of content, power and price, and it’s been hugely successful because of that. But you may not have realised just how successful until now. Is there any point in any other manufacturers even bothering?
Numbers have just arrived from comScore detailing Android tablet sales figures and market share in the US. And it doesn’t paint a pretty picture for Google. Spanning from December 2011 to February 2012, the stats see a continued rise in market share being swallowed up by Amazon’s tablet.
By February this year, the 7-inch wunderkind represented over half of the total Android tablet market share, at 54.4 percent. That’s enormous, considering that the list also has devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab (the entire series lumped together only amounts to a 15.4 percent market share), the Motorola Xoom (with 7 per cent market share) and the Asus Transformer (6.3 percent).
It’s not good news for Google. The fact that the best way to sell an Android tablet over an iPad seems to be heavily skinning the OS and knocking the price right down isn’t exactly an aspirational result. We’ve said it before, but the thing that Google really needs right now is a Nexus tablet to call its own – something that the people can champion and get behind.
As it is, the budget Kindle Fire only shows half of what Android can really do, and we’d imagine a huge amount of Kindle Fire buyers don’t even realise that they’re buying an Android device. What does this data say to you? Are you surprised by any of the results?
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