When Android Honeycomb was released, there was a lot of speculation in the tablet market. Vendors, especially those shipping out Android tablets running Honeycomb, were very hopeful that this will help them make big. But apparently, there hopes are not very well-placed. According to stats gathered from multiple sources, Honeycomb tablets constitute a mere 1 to 2 percent of total Android tablets being used right now.
The statistics have been gathered from Chitika who recorded the ad impressions of tablet users and concluded that only 1 percent of total Android users use Honeycomb tablets. The statistics released by Google are not much different – according to Google, Honeycomb users constitute about 2.5 percent of the total tablet users. Gingerbread and Froyo, the earlier versions of Android OS, constitute for about 95 percent of total Android tablets, according to Google.
Why Honeycomb didn’t succeed?
According to analysts, Android has always placed a greater stress on the hardware and high specs rather than utilizing those specs to their fullest. For instance, Apple’s devices may not tool the best hardware in the market but Apple lets you do a lot of things with that limited hardware. Android tablets, on the other hand, comes with superior cameras, larger displays and lot more in terms of hardware but what is lacking is the ability to fully use this high-end hardware.
Also, Android is not a single, consolidated platform like Apple. A number of vendors are shipping Android tablets and each may or may not use the same Android OS. For instance, Google refused to release the source code of Honeycomb and so, other vendors couldn’t make use of it or modify it to use on their tablets.
These reasons may well be the main factors in the near-extinct success on Honeycomb tablets. Of course it may change if the Android vendors change their strategy but that remains to be seen.
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