Sunday, April 14, 2013
7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets
In an unsurprising report, it looks like 7-inch tablets are the most popular Android tablets. While some people prefer the bigger screen real estate of a 10-inch tablet, or the perfect screen balance of a 8.9-inch tablet, neither sized tablets have the affordability of a 7-inch tablet. According to Animoca, an app publisher for entertainment products for Android devices, the top tablets that use its services are 7-inch tablets.
Animoca listed the top 12 tablets that use its products, and according to the list, 5 out of the top 7 devices are 7-inchers. Animoca sampled a total of 978,000 monthly users to come up with its data, and to determine the market share, it took its sample data and based it on a figurative 75 million Android tablets being used worldwide. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 takes the top spot, with 11.8% of the market share, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with 8.3% of the market share.
The devices are followed by the Amazon Kindle Fire and Amazon Kindle Fire HD with 7.5% and 4.9% of the marketshare respectively. While it’s surprising that the Kindle Fire was beaten out by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch, it’s unsurprising that the Kindle Fire has secured two of the top positions on the chart. The Google Nexus 7 follows with 3.8% of the marketshare, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1comes in 7th with 3% of the market share. All of the other tablets on the list fall short of 1% of the market share.
All of the top 7-inch tablets listed by Animoca are all available for under $200 or less. This follows the IDC’s forecast that low-cost Android tablets will be dominating the tablet market in the future. Many companies are seeing how popular affordable, 7-inch tablets are. HP is planning on releasing an Android-based HP Slate 7 for $169. Microsoft is rumored to be coming out with a line of 7-inch Surface tablets, and even Apple jumped onto the 7-inch bandwagon with its 7-inch iPad Mini. If manufacturers are able to shell out budget 10-inch tablets, we may see the tides turn.
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