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Japan's largest business daily Nikkei said that the Nexus 7 is taking over mainly because of price

Apple's iPad is notorious for being king of the tablets, but in Japan, this may no longer be the case.

Market research firm BCN conducted a survey in Japan last December to see what the tablet market share was looking like. Out of 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan, the iPad had 40.1 percent of the market while Google's Nexus 7 claimed 44.4 percent.

Japan's largest business daily Nikkei said that the Nexus 7 is taking over mainly because of price. The Nexus 7 costs $199 USD while the cheapest iPad -- the iPad mini -- is $329 USD. Both the Nexus 7 and iPad mini are 7-inch tablets.

However, the report did note that some stores in Japan have run out of the iPad mini, which may have affected the results a bit.

The iPad mini features a 7.85-inch display, 1024x768 resolution, Dual-core A5 processor, Lightning connector, 5 MP rear-facing camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 720p HD video, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage options, 10-hour battery life, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and 4G LTE availability. The iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB version, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for the 64GB.

Google's Nexus 7 is a tablet made by ASUS. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, and packs various features like a 7-inch IPS display with a 1280x800 resolution, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, NFC, Bluetooth, 802.11n wireless, GPS and 16GB/32GB versions. The 16GB version starts at $199 while the 32GB runs $249.99.

Source: CNET



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RE: Really?
By xti on 1/17/2013 1:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
really?

the only reason i dont ditch the ipad is because the google play store is an obvious 2nd place. I can deal with the lack of specific apps/games on my gs3, but on a tablet where eyecandy and whatnot can be appreciated, it is so frustrating that apple store gets exclusivity or first dibs on so many major titles.


RE: Really?
By Rukkian on 1/17/2013 2:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure I agree, while I don't have an ipad (never will) we have a nexus 7 that my son bought, and it seems just about every app I can use on my GNEX, he can use as well. apple boasts that they have more tablet apps, but that is because they need tablet apps since most apps were hard coded to the crappy resolution of the very small iphone.

With Andoid, it has always had numerous resolutions, so apps seem to be able to adapt more easily. The Nexus 7 and my GNEX have the same res, which may make it more compatible.

With how well some of the android tablets are now selling, I think you will see less and less apps that go ios first, and likely not see any not come to google play. While some take some time, I have never found a lack of an app, and have never thought that paying so much extra money on a device makes up for occasianally getting an app a couple weeks after ios, which is happening less and less.


RE: Really?
By messele on 1/17/2013 4:40:59 PM , Rating: 1
You are forgetting to factor one thing into your carefully crafted equations.

Namely few Android developers are making dick-all money on that platform and I'm pretty sure that is the main reason they are in the game. Google do not give a shit as Google are making a packet from phantom data-mining the ton of sensitive shit you have entrusted to them.

Couple that with the huge jailbreak community, the generally proven truth that a huge portion of Android owners are cheaparses who think this "freedom" crap means getting everything for free, including apps (watch out for that malware!) and there is not a vast compelling reason to develop for Android first, perhaps even at all in many cases.

Freedom my arse. Freedom from anybody earning a living.


RE: Really?
By retrospooty on 1/17/2013 4:53:51 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, your assertion that App dev.s arent making money on Android is pretty old data. Now that it is outselling IOS 5 to 1 the tid eis turning. Still not as profitable as IOS app development, but gaining fast. At some point it will acheive parity by simple #'s. There are WAY more Android phones out there, therefore a much bigger customer base.


RE: Really?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2013 6:35:12 PM , Rating: 2
That is entirely dependent on adoption of high end Android devices. The iPhone has outsold other high end devices like the GS2, GS3, and GN2 combined in the same period of time.

The Android number is highly inflated by low end featurephones and dumbphones sold in developing nations and to low end consumers who don't want a bunch of features, basically just a phone with a music player. For Android users on the high end there's widespread piracy, OS and hardware fragmentation, malware being distributed through official channels, users not spending as much on software on average, an inferior SDK, no real enforcement of UI standards on Android tablets, etc etc.

It'll all rest on the high end niche of Android devices catching up, along with Google addressing software distribution and protecting developer profits.

The Nintendo Wii outsold other consoles by a substantial margin but I don't think anyone would argue that it has been as good a platform for third-party developers as the 360 or PS3 was.


RE: Really?
By Bateluer on 1/17/2013 11:22:08 PM , Rating: 3
[quote]
For Android users on the high end there's widespread piracy, OS and hardware fragmentation, malware being distributed through official channels, users not spending as much on software on average, an inferior SDK, no real enforcement of UI standards on Android tablets, etc etc.[/quote]

1) There's wide spread piracy on all platforms.
2)The entire fragmentation argument has been disproved by so many publications, pundits, blogs, and devs, its living joke. Stop bringing it up if you want to be taken seriously.
3) Malware through official channels, ie, the Play Store, is extremely, extremely rare. Unless you deliberately go looking for the most obviously questionable apps, you're perfectly safe.
4) Okay, you have a point on this one. Android users usually do spend less money on apps than iOS users. But, thats a plus for the consumer, remember, you and I. And its also effected by the quantity of free/ad supported apps in the Play Store. Why pay for an app when there's another that does the exact same thing for free?
5) Inferior SDK is a matter of opinion, there are many devs who consider the Android SDK superior.
6) Google publishes guidelines on UI standards, but it is true that developers are in no way bound to abide by them. This is also more of a strength though, it gives app developers the freedom to develop their app the way they wish without having to worry about it being barred from the market because the icon isn't the right shade of blue.


RE: Really?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/18/2013 4:20:49 AM , Rating: 3
1. Piracy on iOS mainly exists on jailbroken devices, a small percentage of iOS users. Sideloading pirated applications is possible on pretty much every single Android device out there. The piracy statistics on Android are massive, there is no comparison.

2. Supporting numerous hardware and OS configurations remains a huge concern for mobile developers. It is an additional cost of support for a less profitable ecosystem, furthering the vicious cycle of lower quality applications that it gets.

3. There is an insane rate of malware on Play: http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/05/android-malware-s...

http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/10/25/in-one-yea...

It is even worse through non-official channels. There's a reason why anti-malware software is even a thing on Android.

4) There are loads of free and ad-supported applications on iOS as well. The difference is that again, they are higher quality apps because that's where most of the high end and paying users are. Those ads get more eyeballs, even Google makes more money from iOS traffic than they do from Android, and people are more likely to spend on microtransactions.

Developers go where the money is.

5. I don't know a single mobile developer who likes the Android SDK over iOS. WP7/8 is actually the most preferred, but unfortunately its low userbase doesn't help it get as many apps as it should.

6. No enforcement of proper tablet UI standards is a weakness. Andy Rubin believes that upscaling a phone UI works just fine, which is nonsense and does a disservice to the user. Would you rather have a single column phone app expanded on a 10" tablet or something with two or three panes that takes advantage of the space? It doesn't make any sense to take a smartphone UI and think it is acceptable when you have so much more real estate on a tablet.

People see the difference in Android and iOS tablet apps and make a decision. This attitude doesn't help Android tablet sales or customers in the slightest.


RE: Really?
By menting on 1/17/2013 5:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
tons of people JB their iOS devices too, what kind of crap (I bet Apple branded) are you smoking?


RE: Really?
By messele on 1/18/2013 7:48:11 AM , Rating: 2
The same kind of crap where your non-existant figures come from, clearly.

How big is this society of Apple JBers then? Let's be seeing the figures...


RE: Really?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/18/2013 4:36:07 AM , Rating: 2
Its all about money. Developers and even Google make more money through iOS than they do through Android. Combine that with Andy Rubin's backwards policy that smartphone apps are just fine on a tablet is why there is such a discrepancy in the quality and quantity of tablet apps between the two platforms.

I could see myself having something like a Nexus 4 smartphone, but going from an iPad to an Android tablet would be a significant downgrade in every conceivable way given the number of apps I'd either be giving up or downgrading. Combine that with inferior hardware, developer-hostile policies with app stores (they do not protect developer profits), and lax tablet-UI guidelines, and I don't see that difference changing anytime soon.


RE: Really?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/18/2013 5:01:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
With Andoid, it has always had numerous resolutions, so apps seem to be able to adapt more easily. The Nexus 7 and my GNEX have the same res, which may make it more compatible.


There is a huge difference between an application optimized for a smartphone (usually single column) and a tablet (multiple panes, usually two or three).

http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2010/09/15/AlienB...
http://www.blogcdn.com//media/2011/10/alienbluered...

Simply rescaling UI elements from a smartphone app to make it more suitable for a tablet simply doesn't work, an easy comparison are the Yelp apps for those platforms. The iOS version takes optimal advantage of the larger display while the Android version has lots of dead and unused space.

Optimization is better, upscaling or rearranging smartphone apps (which the iPad can also do) is a halfass solution. You can run iPhone apps on an iPad if you want, but again that is a second rate way of doing things. Fortunately most iOS apps are universal so you get hardware optimized versions for both platforms with one download. Win-win.


RE: Really?
By Scootie on 1/17/2013 3:58:11 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, thanks for the low rating. :) Really. :P
During the time I experienced iOS I tryed or used up to 100 apps maybe. Out of those there was only (one)1 I couldnt find on playstore: igo for android but till igo fixes a version for my phone I'm just gonna use waze'(or any other gps proram) which is a lot more fun due to the map editing factor. Have fun while staying on appstore, I know I enjoyed the time but I can do better! :)


RE: Really?
By TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2013 6:43:16 PM , Rating: 2
I know some people in your boat, they use Android phones but they either kept or switched back to iPads. The main reason is applications, and tablets are app machines moreso than phones are.

If you have the same app on both, Yelp for instance, the iOS version is optimized for a 10" screen while the Android version is just a rearranged phone app. Ugh. I have folders and folders of tablet apps not on Android. Three games I have on my radar, Agricola, Eclipse (love board games), and Frozen Synapse are coming soon with no plans for an Android version. Baldur's Gate EE still doesn't have a release date for Android. Giving up things like Reeder, Alien Blue, Jasmine, Prompt (awesome SSH app) would suck. You get the idea.


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