So where did the Android tablets go wrong? Samsung is doing well with the Galaxy Tab, but most of the other Android tablets failed to capture Apple's marketshare.
Android is very successful on smartphones, so why hasn't that success translated to tablet sales? Where did Google and the tablet manufacturers go wrong?
For me it is all about content.
I think Android is successful on the phone front because the hand sets are so much cheaper and/ or the call packages are better value then an iphone. I do not think most people care about "walled gardens" and such like, but they do care about what they can get for their money.
I know lots of people with an Android phone who also have an ipod touch or ipad which they use for the app store & itunes content. There are things I prefer about Android to ios, but Google Play is not a patch on the ios App store in terms of what is available in whichever category you like; gaming, productivity, lifestyle, kids stuff (except emus of course, ho ho). I'm sure it WILL get there, but as of right now it is years behind the App store for choice, quality and browsing experience.
Ipad has had a simple one stop solution for all media since launch. That's why I thought Kindle Fire stood a good chance out of the gate because it had a simple approach to content delivery.
It looks like Google is really trying to improve the Google Play experience, but the devs still aren't on board in the same way. Until devs are hitting the headlines for making an over night fortune out of Android apps I think we can expect to see ios continue to dominate in the field of content delivery.
In short, I think Android tablets have failed largely because at the same price as an ipad they look like an inferior package to the regular joes who aren't going to tinker much but just want to download stuff, browse the web and email. And until recently the cheap ones have seemed exactly that; cheap.