It’s been a bit of a day news wise. Motorola have announced some new devices, LG has hyped their new phone, and Kobo is doing a new Android tablet. We even heard a bit about the record numbers of Android activations.
But one little snippet really didn’t make much by way of headlines. Android’s 1.3m activations per day is a big news headline. The smaller headline, though, was tablets are only around 70,000 of those daily activations — around 5% of the total number. In his speech at the Motorola presser earlier today, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt admitted that Google was late to tablets.
Android has overtaken iOS in mobile shipments, and to those of us who’ve dabbled on both sides, there’s little doubt as to why this is. Equally, there’s little doubt that Apple’s iPad is the heavyweight in the tablet market. Other manufacturers have largely tried — and failed — to knock the iPad off, and we’re only now starting to see tablets that are genuine competitors. The Nexus 7 is a good example of an Android tablet just nailing it, and the Nexus 7 3G delivers, I suspect Android tablet activations will leap ahead.