As we all wait to see what Apple will unveil in San Francisco at 10am PST Wednesday, there’s some interesting data just released which shows that most consumers don’t care as much about a second-generation iPad as they do just spending less money on an existing one.
It’s no secret that Apple’s iPad dominates the fledgling tablet market, although Samsung had other plans that didn’t quite work out when they released their Galaxy Tab late last year. Now, Samsung is back at Mobile World Congress with a more worthy followup.
Despite an impressive debut two years ago for the Palm Pre, the smartphone’s slick webOS software was hampered by a poor keyboard and questionable build quality and soon largely forgotten. Flash-forward to Wednesday, and Palm’s new owners at HP have thrown back the curtain on the second coming of webOS, now ready to take on iOS and Android on both smartphones as well as the tablet platform.
Only yesterday, MacLife.com reported on a story circulating that appeared to show Android-based tablets were becoming a real threat to the iPad’s market dominance. Unfortunately, the sales figures for the dominant Android tablet thus far, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, were not quite accurate.
It’s certainly not time just yet for Apple to start waving the white flag, but Google’s Android is definitely starting to chip away at Cupertino’s dominance in the tablet market, with the iPad slipping to 77 percent, while Android is up to 22 percent.
When it comes to smartphones and tablets, you’ve gotta feel for Microsoft -- they’re underdogs these days when it comes to such markets, while companies like Apple and Google continue to grow with no end in sight. But one thing you can say for Microsoft, they’re persistent.
We all know that a sequel is on the way to Apple’s market-dominating iPad, but that’s not stopping Google from prepping its own counterattack in 2011, as demonstrated Monday night by the man heading up the company’s Android division.
A new report on the tablet market will ring a sour note with the onslaught of tablet makers trailing in Apple’s wake -- the iPad is dominating the market big time, and doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
AMD Chief Exec Dirk Meyer had some reflections on the iPad's impact for sales of notebooks and notebooks, and feels that the iPad has indeed cannibalized both. Also, whether or not if it's because of said cannibalization, Meyer also said the company is waiting for the tablet market to take off further, before allocating any R&D resources toward tablet processors.