Who’s got Honeycomb? probably not you

What percentage of Android devices do you think are running Honeycomb, the tablet-focused Android 3.x? Sixty? Fifty? Four? The last one's the closest to the truth: it seems that just 3.3% of Android devices are running Android 3.0, 3.1 or 3.2. The numbers are skewed because Android's on stacks of smartphones, so you'd expect the figures to be dominated by the smartphone-focused Android 2.3.x release, which it is. Nevertheless, 3.3% is still a much lower number than many of us would have expected.

As ZDNet's James Kendrick writes, "if we use [Google Android boss] Andy Rubin's latest tweet claiming 200 million devices have been activated to date, that 3.3% running Honeycomb only represents 6.6 million Android tablets." Given that Honeycomb's been around for a year now, that's a terrible adoption rate.

The figures aren't perfect - some tablets, such as the original Galaxy Tab, didn't ship with Honeycomb, so there are more than 6.6 million Android tablets out there - but it's clear that nobody's getting rich from selling Android tablets right now.

That 6.6 million figure represents all the Android Honeycomb tablets activated in 2011 from all the manufacturers, so nobody's doing Apple-esque multi-million tablet sales. That's borne out by other data sources, such as IDC's latest shipment figures: according to IDC, in the three months prior to the Christmas 2011 shopping season Android tablet shipments increased from the previous quarter's 3.6 million to 6 million. That's units shipped rather than sold, but it does suggest that Android tablets are finally gaining a bit of momentum - although Apple was expected to sell 14 million tablets over the Christmas period, keeping it comfortably in the lead.

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