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Android tablet shipment forecast cut as iPad shipment expectations grow

The tablet market is growing by leaps and bounds and Apple with its iPad is the source of much of that growth. There are a number of Android tablets on the market today, but they aren't selling well and some users are complaining about the Honeycomb operating system and the availability of tablet-specific apps.

Analysts have agreed that the tablets are taking market share from the notebook and netbook, but the outlook for tablets overall has taken a downturn recently. The reason that the estimates for overall shipments by analysts are changing has to do with the sinking popularity of Android tablets. While Android offerings are seeing estimates for shipments cut, the iPad is actually being increased.
Jefferies analyst Peter Misek noted about six months ago that the forecast for 2011 tablet sales was 100 million. After a recent poll of consumers, Misek has changed his predictions by a whopping 30% reports eWeek. He believes that 70 million tablets shipped is a more realistic expectation.

Misek wrote in a research note, "We now believe 70 million to be more realistic due to: 1) Android 3.0 Honeycomb needing polishing, and 2) Android tablets that are priced too high."

Misek also thinks that if tablet makers like Motorola and Samsung want to compete with the iPad, they are going to need to take a hit and cut the price. Bill Shope from Goldman Sachs also lowered the overall estimates for tablet shipments in 2011 and 2012. The decline was due to reduced estimates for Android tablets, the estimates for iPad shipments actually increased.

Shope wrote, "Our iPad forecast remains unchanged, though we have lowered our non-Apple tablet unit assumptions by 2.3 million units in 2011 and 2012." He continued, "Meanwhile, we have raised our forecast for Apple's tablet market share to 66.4 percent in 2011 (64 percent prior) and 66.6 percent in 2012 (65 percent prior). Overall, we are expecting 57.7 million total tablets for 2011 and 78.0 million tablets for 2012, versus 60.1 million and 80.3 million previously."

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has also said that for Android tablets to be competitive, they need to be cheaper. NVIDIA has a vested interest in the Android tablet market since his company makes the Tegra processors that many of the newest Android tablets use.

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RE: Working OS
By Da W on 5/18/2011 4:19:44 PM , Rating: 0
Lol. I'm mearly doing what everybody else is doing on this site (which look like many government workers with too much spare time to hate Apple and love Google...)

I tried tablets, it was called tablet pc years ago. Never found it useful. I even changed the CPU of my touchsmart pc and added an SDD to make it faster, but it still sits on the shelf and i mostly use my HTPC at home.

Ok i'll take it another way.

I talk of tablets as touch-input devices, light to carry around, between 5 and 10" size. Now people buy computer to do all the thing you and i describe, but computers are CHEAP, they have a KEYBOARD and thay have much SOFTWARE (former name for apps) available to make them useful.
Android tablets so far lack keyboard and apps, which makes them USELESS. Apple, i question Apple, why is it so popular. But i have to admit their product is PERFECT, which is why it sells.

But i'm ready to gamble big, in fact i do with a bunch of AMD/Intel/Microsoft stock, that the tablet crase is way overdone, that projection numbers are way too high even for the iPad and that very soon you'll have light enough PC with retractable keyboards that will make the tablets being as a temporary bump in the computing evolution. ASUS nailled it with their transformer, but do you have to use android? Imagine with windows 8. Is it a tablet with a keyboard or a laptop with a touchscreen? In fact it's nothing more than a continuation of the shrinking trend from desktop to 17" laptop to 15" to 14" to 13" to 12" to netbook to tablets. But eventually, an Ivy bridge macbook air with a touchscreen would make the iPad obsolete.

As for the majority of the population... the population didn't buy those android tablet yet, which would make me right... the whole point of my post was to say that there will not be 70 million prospective buyers this year. Shit Kinnect sold more units than the iPad and nobody's going all waco on Microsoft.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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