With all the buzz about Samsung’s Galaxy Note “phablet” it may come as a surprise to learn that the Kindle Fire still accounts for the single largest group of Android tablet users, that according to data from Localytics.
Nook is a distant second at 10 percent and, at present, the Samsung Galaxy family is running third with 9 percent.
The news is relevant to Android app developers who will want to put getting into the Amazon app store high on their ToDo list. Google Play is unavailable to Kindle Fire owners and the Fire doesn’t come with the usual suite of Android apps, which may leave some users missing their Google goodness. Google Play apps can be side-loaded onto a Kindle Fire but the apps don’t always work right.
The fact that Amazon has been able to carve out such a large niche for themselves in the Android tablet space without Google Play is pretty impressive in its own right, but the lack of coordination between app spaces in the Android universe means that Apple will continue to face only fragmented competition.