Google has released updated data for developers looking for insight into what version of Android OS dominates in Android Market visits. In the data released Google reveals that over a 14-day period 45.3% of Android Market visits came from Android 2.2 Froyo devices, and they also revealed the three versions of Android Honeycomb released thus far accounted for 1.8% of Android Market traffic. At this time Google is reporting that there are over 190 million Android based devices in the wild.
An Android developer has estimated, using Google’s 190 million figure and the percentage of Android Honeycomb OS activity in the Android Market, that the number of Android Honeycomb tablets sits at about 3.4 million. Now I don’t have to tell you that about 3.4 million isn’t very competitive given what Apple is doing with their iPad tablets on a quarterly basis. However given where Android Honeycomb was estimated to be earlier this year, about 1.8 million active users, the 3.4 million estimations shows Android Honeycomb tablets are improving in the market place.
I think over time the amount of Android Honeycomb (if Google keeps the sub-category for tablets only) users will increase even more. A lot of people are starting to really consider buying a tablet and not everyone is going to pick Apple’s iOS based iPad tablets, some will opt for one of the many Android Honeycomb powered tablets that are on the market at this time (and will be going forward).
As it is if you want a different/unique tablet or a sub-$500 tablet you’ll need to shop the Android selection. Apple’s iPad is a nice tablet but there isn’t too much choice in the line-up, all you can do is chose between internal storage size/color (black or white)/ 3G or Wi-Fi only. If you want a 7, 8, 10.1-inch tablet that runs iOS you’re out of luck, Apple only sells 9.7-inch iPads.
Also with the Apple iPad you’re going to need to join the Apple eco-system to get the most out of your purchase, and joining Apple’s eco-system isn’t free.
However at this time if you want to join a top-notch eco-system, don’t blame anyone for wanting that, then Apple is your best bet.