“The market for Android tablets is exploding,” Nathan Olivarez-Giles reports for The Verge.
“From the end of 2012 to the end of this June, Android tablet activations jumped from 10 million to 70 million. Nearly one in every two tablets sold nowadays runs Android, Google says,” Olivarez-Giles reports. “And of all the Android tablets sold over the last year, more than 10 percent were Google’s Nexus 7, elevating the small slate to blockbuster status for the Nexus line. But as big as the growth spurt is, Android tablets still lag behind Apple’s iPads — not only is there an undeniable lack of compelling tablet apps, Google executives say hardware needs to step up, too.”
Olivarez-Giles reports, “In what’s becoming an annual tradition, Google is insisting that the app situation on Android tablets is improving. And while Android currently offers many great tablet apps — Google+, Pocket, and Flipboard are solid examples — it still can’t come close to matching the number of iPad-tailored apps found on iOS. Popular tools like Twitter, Rdio, Spotify, Dropbox, and Yelp get tablet-specific experiences on the iPad, but their Android counterparts are little more than blown-up phone apps. Hugo Barra, Google’s vice president of Android product management, believes the disparity is shrinking. ‘The absolute position that we’re in is one where well over 60 percent of the apps that you’d expect in a given category are already available with a decent tablet UI,’ Barra tells The Verge. While 60 percent is better than nothing, it’s far from 100 percent.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Hugo, define “decent.” Betcha it doesn’t come close to Apple’s definition.