Android Honeycomb: only 3.4m tablets sold?

Android Honeycomb: only 3.4m tablets sold?Android has clearly conquered the smartphone market thanks to a combination of platform momentum and sheer weight of numbers in terms of handsets to choose from.

Look at tablets, though, and things haven't been quite as successful. After nearly a full year of flooding the tablet market with Android Honeycomb slates in a bid to compete with the iPad, the latest estimate is that just 3.4 million of them have actually been sold.

Google was certainly bullish when it unveiled Honeycomb early this year. After all, here was the company's first tablet-specific OS release, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom to get us all excited.

Yet the tablet-specific nature of Honeycomb, initially seen as a plus, turned out to be a curse in another sense, as it meant standard Android apps weren't specifically tailored to working on Honeycomb devices.

And if you needed proof that things haven't exactly gone perfectly for the tablet OS, Android developer Al Sutton has provided it, using a combination of Google's platform version stats and the official activation numbers released by the company in announcing its latest financial figures.

As we've already covered, Google boss revealed at the time that 190m Android devices have officially been activated in total.

According to the platform stats, meanwhile, 1.8% of devices that accessed the Android Market in the fortnight leading up to October 3 were running Android Honeycomb – in other words 3.4 million.

There are maybe a few more Android tablets that haven't tapped into the Android Market and have gone via the Amazon Appstore, but either way we can't think it's the kind of figure Google was hoping for when Honeycomb landed.

Via Slashgear

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matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 16, 2011 at 11:40

Are there any figures available as to how many iPads have been sold :)?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 16, 2011 at 12:54

matt, the first iPad sold 300,000 - on day 1! Fiscal Q3 2011 Apple sold 9.5 million iPads. (that is IN THAT quarter alone)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 16, 2011 at 13:34

Bloody hell, that puts honeycomb into perspective. Though with the launch of the Amazon Fire, that Android tablet number is set to rocket.

dcx_badass  Oct. 16, 2011 at 14:25

It's ok, once ICS is out on the touchpad they'll get a few hundred thousand more lol.

DazzerG  Oct. 16, 2011 at 15:07

Don't forget that this is for Honeycomb only though.....I would suggest that most of the Android tablets out there at the mo were 2.1+ rather than 3.0+

Treab  Oct. 16, 2011 at 15:32

umm i see it mentions in the fortnight before 3.4% of tabs connected to android market...

2 weeks before... 14 days... and thats conclusive??? maybe if they had gone over the period since the launch of honeycomb they might find numbers being bigger... whos to say someone bought an android tab and downloaded what they need/want in the period before... worthless stat.

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