Android Tablets Take 20 Percent of the Market

According to ABI Research, within the last 12 months Android tablets have gained and now hold 20 percent of the market against iPads. But the analysts don't think the open source OS will ever dominate the tablet market in part because none of the Android-tablet vendors pose enough of a challenge to Apple's iPad.

From ABI Research

ABI Research mobile devices group director Jeff Orr comments, “Many vendors have introduced media tablets, but none are separating themselves from the pack to pose a serious threat to Apple. In fact, most have introduced products at prices higher than similarly-configured iPads. Apple, never a company to be waiting for others, has introduced its second-generation iPad media tablet while keeping product pricing unchanged.”

Fragmentation within operating system software is hindering growth of this device category. Application developers must choose an initial software platform and may delay starting development if the market potential is not significant. Google’s Android OS has no less than three different software builds deployed across media tablets at the same time. The benefits of open software platform development have yet to be realized for media tablets.

The analysts further cite the entry of more than 50 low-end Android-based tablets by the end of 2011. Rather than seeing it as a positive, they cite the potential for poor user experience and increased perception that the media is not ready for near term use.

Security needs to be a part of the functionality of these devices. The ultimate poor user experience is exploitable vulnerabilities that lead to Denial of Service attacks (computer crashes). If Android-tablets are perceived as unreliable, then the analysts fears may prove true.