Android tablet sales surpass Apple’s iPad for the first time ever in Q2 of 2013


Android tablets have finally joined their phone counterpart up top. According to ABI Research, tablets running Android outsold Apple’s iPad in Q2 of 2013. Revenue for the entire tablet market hit $12.7 billion in that quarter. Since the same quarter of 2012, there was a 23% surge year-over-year.

While there isn’t much information on the Android manufacturers, it is easy to understand why Apple has been overthrown (for now). The research firm explains that smaller tablets around the 7 or 8-inch mark have been selling the most. Across the board, many companies have been aiming at this size. Amazon’s Kindle Fire line ranges from 7 to 8.9-inches while Samsung has been pumping out tablets endlessly. Also, Google refreshed their Nexus 7 with the latest specs. Even NVIDIA is in pursuit of some market share. Clearly consumers have taken to the smaller form-factor and lower prices.

Source: ABI Research

  • Wayne Peterkin

    Well, to be fair there is only one iPad. There is a vast sea of Android tablets, and they togeather beat the iPad. They, however, each have much smaller sales numbers and still might be struggling to get close to the iPad. At my university every one I see has an iPad, even though that thing can in no way replace a laptop for BASIC computing. I honestly don’t know how they can use anything that lacks a file browser and flash. How the hell does homework get done on that toy?! I say file browser and they say “what’s that?” Sorry for the rant.

    • ari_free

      Don’t forget the iPad Mini.
      iPad was supposed to be like the ipod, which dominated because only it had itunes and the others had their own tiny proprietary stores. But today anyone can come out with a tablet that can use anything on Google Play. Play took much of the exclusivity away from Apple, which is why Apple is trying to bribe companies to not release Android games, such as Plants vs Zombies 2.

    • Maoriz X

      “Well, to be fair there is only one iPad.”

      Always see this comment everywhere. If Apple sold 10 different ipads would they sell 10x as much? I didn’t think so

      • Wayne Peterkin

        if 10 different manufacturers were making the iPad or just an ios tablet with Apple’s logo on the back…

  • Wayne Peterkin

    if 10 different manufacturers were making the iPad…
    That sounds more plausible doesn’t it