Shocking: Nvidia CEO says Android tablets will overtake iPads in 30 months
Stop Internet! Shocking news has come out of Reuters’ Global Technology Summit.
Jen-Hsun Huang, the one who’s made some pretty earth-shattering allegations over there, is Nvidia’s founder and Chief Executive. What exactly did he dare say?
That the tablet market for the next two and a half years will mirror what has happened in the smartphone space in the past two and a half years, at least in the Apple vs. Google fight.
What’s that? Well, Apple’s product (iPhone then, iPad now) gets an early start, great sales, and amazing market share numbers. Slowly, but surely, competition mounts from the Android corner, and, in about two and a half years, Android becomes number one.
An important thing to note here is the focus on just Apple vs. Google – so, Symbian fanboys (really? you’re still around?), BlackBerry fanboys (!), Microsoft fanboys, etc., don’t sweat. Yes Symbian has been the No.1 mobile operating system for much of the aforementioned period, but, again, we’re just focusing on Apple vs. Google here. Okay?
Good. Now that we’ve cleared that out, the time has come to ask Mr. Huang the obvious question: how dare you? How dare you spell out the obvious in front of media people? I mean, don’t you know that they all have iThises and iThats in their pockets, on their desks, in their minds… everywhere? Sure, they may have conceded the smartphone battle, but clearly Apple will win out in tablets. Please… it has to win somewhere. For even though it may be more profitable than all the other companies on Earth combined, some people just hate it when the raw (market share) numbers show something else as No.1.
Oh, media. This is a funny industry. Ask anyone, ANYONE, in it during iPhone 1 times, about Android. We all would have laughed. Hard.
Today? Well, Google’s laughing at us.
Tomorrow? It will be laughing at you, who think the iPad will forever be at 80%+ of the market.
The only issue I take with Jen-Hsun’s quote is the time frame. I’d say Android’s domination of the tablet space will start even sooner, perhaps as soon as in 18 months from now.
Sure, things may change. But if they don’t drastically change (think: Apple may release a whole array of tablets starting at $199; or Google may decide to give up on Android to focus solely on Chrome OS – stuff like that), then Android will be the No.1 tablet OS. And soon. Mark my words.
It will be even easier with tablets, since there’s basically almost no one else around. RIM’s got one offering,… and that’s it. MehGo tablets? Yeah, right. Windows 7 tablets? Microsoft still thinks we’re fools. So it’s (almost) just Apple vs. Google here.
The mobile space is getting more and more interesting by the day, that’s for sure. So keep reading, and we’ll keep reporting.