Android closing the gap on Apple in tablet OS

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Would you like a tablet? graph of japanese statisticsjapan.internet.com recently reported on the seventh regular survey by goo Research into mobile devices, with the focus this time on tablets.

Demographics

Between the 4th and 9th of March 2013 1,085 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 53.6% of the sample were male, 13.5% in their teens, 15.8% in their twenties, 21.4% in their thirties, 17.4% in their forties, and 32.0% aged fifty or older.

I really do feel that tablet use is increasing; on my commute there is invariably at least one person using a tablet, and the most common uses appear to be general surfing or reading. Today I say my first person running LINE chat

The spousal unit wants a tablet; a Nexus or Kindle Fire are quite affordable these days, so I am tempted...

Research results

First, the sample were asked what kinds of mobile devices they owned. 57.8% said standard feature phones, 51.6% notebook or netbook computers, 42.8% smartphones, 29.0% portable game machines, 28.6% portable music players, and so on, with tablet computers coming in at 14.6%, up from 9.0% the previous time this survey was conducted. These 158 tablet owners were asked the following.

Q1: What OS does/do your tablet(s) use? (Sample size=158, multiple answer)

iOS 53.8%
Android 47.5%
Windows 3.2%
WebOS 0.0%
BlackBerry 0.0%
Other 0.6%

iOS is down four percentage points, and Android is up five; Windows has collapsed from 11.3%.

Q2: Would you like a tablet? (Sample size=927, non-tablet owners)

Yes, and have plan to buy 4.7%
Yes, but no plan to buy 42.4%
No 52.9%
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2 comments »

  1. Janne said,
    March 21, 2013 @ 11:32

    Yes, many more people with tablets lately. And most with the smaller varieties such as Nexus 7 or Apple Mini. I think that shows the 7-8″ size really is the most convenient for people, and Apple was possibly wrong in pushing 10″ for so long.

    Me, I rely utterly on my N7 nowadays. When I cracked the screen on my smartphone I even considered going back to a featurephone since I mostly use the tablet anyhow. In the end I repaired the screen with epoxy instead, but the N7 continues to be my main portable device.

  2. Ayk said,
    March 21, 2013 @ 13:26

    Pads will get more useful and smaller (not to size of phone though). They are already better than phones. Pads are the future.

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