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For First Time Ever, Android Tablets Outsold Apple’s iPad in Q2 of 2013

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According to a new report from ABI Research, Android-powered tablets have finally done the unimaginable; they have outsold the iPad. With a 17% dip in sales for the quarter from Q1, global tablet sales are up 23% year-over-year for the same quarterly period. In addition, the research firm found that 7″ models are now the majority of tablets sold, thanks to the iPad Mini (7.9″) and all of the various Android OEMs that currently produce 7-inch slates. 

Revenue for tablets sold through Q2 in 2013 reached $12.7 billion, with Apple taking a hefty 50% of that amount, and the rest going to all other tablet manufacturers. This can’t be labeled as a win for any one Android manufacturer in particular, but a win for the ecosystem in general. More than likely, Amazon’s Kindle line and Samsung’s aggressive approach to the tablet market are to be thanked for this recent outcome.

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t go into much detail for Android OEM numbers, but this is good news for people who thought that Android could never topple the long-standing king of the tablet mountain.

Let’s see a show of hands from the people that currently own an Android-powered tablet. Represent!

Via: ABI Research

  • Eric Lamont

    I’m sorry, but “good news for people who thought that Android could never topple the long-standing king of the tablet mountain”…. really? You have an ungodly number of companies tossing out Android tablets at a ridiculous pace, for a little as a hundred bucks. Its like comparing the sales of Tesla to that of Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, and GM all combined and being surprised when the latter wins. The only shocking thing in this scenario is that Tesla (aka Apple, in my finely crafted analogy) actually managed to pull it off for as long as they did.

  • Eric Lamont

    I have the Nexus 7 (2013) and love it more than my Note 2 (which I never imagined would happen). I love it so much I would gladly kick the Note 2 to the curb for a Nexus 5 when it comes, except it will never see the light of day for us VZW losers. =(

  • wuzun901


  • gorkon

    2013 Nexus 7 baby!

  • Franc012

    It’s a good thing to see that there will not be a monopoly in the tablet market for the near future. Competition is the only thing that pushes innovation, and without it, iOS and Android would have eventually stagnated. Now if only the Windows tablets would catch on.

  • Redsun

    quick, Apple, invent a new product segment.

  • Craig

    we have two 7 inch Android tablets and are about to buy a 3rd.

  • Bill Hill
  • Alex Goings

    Still rockin the Asus TF201 here

  • captmrgnx

    I used my Nexus 7 about a grand total of 3 hours over 6 months. Every time I went to use it, the battery was DEAD! Then, finally, it would not charge or power on at all, no matter what I tried. ASUS makes a piece of junk in my opinion. My iPad costs more, but is well worth it.

    • Tjaart Blignaut

      When something does not work, you should return it.

      • captmrgnx

        Duh! No sh** Sherlock. Unfortunately, I read a lot of other users having exactly the same issues. ASUS makes crap. The Nexus 7 is crap.

  • ApplesNAndroids

    Comparing thousands of Android tablets, priced as low as 50.00 outsold a single model iPad. Wow, tell me more how market saturation works?

  • Chris Carter

    Rocking rooted Hisense Pro until I free up some cash for the LTE N7. Broke the screen on my 3G Nexus 7 and needed something to tide me over until I got the LTE N7. Iphone using parents have Nook HD and Kindle Fire. Not really Android but they’re not IPads either

  • LionStone

    Nexus 7HD & Nexus 10…

  • twited21

    Well when you have so many cheap and nasty devices all running the same lame OS it was bound to happen eventually viva ipad
    Btw my 5 year old got an archos 80 cobolt that we got for free from tesco
    And that’s why they out sold the ipad false economy giving away free ones helps

    Later nandroids I hear the new OS will be called Haemorrhoid lol

    • Tim242

      Butthurt bro?

      • twited21

        Lol no mate I keep regulars with apples pow

    • Tjaart Blignaut

      What kind of sad person trolls the comment thread of a brand they don’t like? I hope you realise how inane and childish this is. It’s not my goal to insult you, it really is an appeal to your common sense.

  • Trevor


    • AbbyZFresh

      Let’s be honest, the Nexus 7 didn’t sell that much out of the rest of the Android tablets.

      • Trevor

        I have no evidence to back it up, but I disagree. I think Google has been advertising the new Nexus 7 quite a bit, plus the specs:price ratio is pretty awesome.

  • pseudoquarks

    I knew this day would come.

  • InPlushWeThrust

    How about actually reading your source before pulling BS headlines out of your ass? I love how the person posting this replaced all instances of “Shipments” with “Sales” in the source article. Shipments to stores don’t equal sales to end users.

    Before you mod me down, look at the original article sourced in this story for the words replaced.

    You made yourself look like a fool by changing the story to suit your opinion.

    • flosserelli

      U mad bro?

    • Tim242

      Apple sold 5 million iphones, but reported 9 million. 4 million of those were shipped.

  • dizel123

    Did you really write that 7″ tablets are the most popular thanks to the 7″ tablets that are made? Get that man a Pulitzer!!!