Why haven't Android tablets enjoyed success similar to Android smartphones or Apple's
It's a point-of-sales problem. It's an expertise-at-retail problem. It's a marketing problem to consumers. It is a price-point problem. And it's a software richness of content problem.
Whoa! Enough, already! Android tablet sales were supposed to take off once they featured the Honeycomb version, which was developed for tablets. But in the first quarter, Motorola Mobility shipped a total of only 250,000 Xoom tablets. By comparison, about 1 million iPad 2s sold the first weekend it was available.
NVIDIA's CEO cares because his company's Tegra 2 chip is the brains behind both the Xoom and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. He believes the problems are getting solved, with tablet manufacturers adjusting their plans and Best Buy
That's nice, but I still think the advantage goes to Apple. My experiences shopping at Best Buy have sent me to Amazon.com, whereas my experiences at Apple's retail stores keep me coming back. I also suspect that Apple will remain first in line for apps, given its huge installed base.
Although one or more Android tablets are expected to be among the top tablet runners-up to the iPad, lukewarm Android tablets sales don't bode well for Motorola Mobility, Samsung,Dell
The tablet runners-up may wind up looking like the horses that followed Secretariat across the finish line at the Kentucky Derby, and when it comes to business, coming in a distant second or third doesn't pay off as well as running a close race.
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