Five to six months in the market and the Amazon Kindle fire is king of Android tablets. A 54% marketshare in such a short period of time is simply outstanding. Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs come a distant second place with about 15% of the Android tablet marketshare.
Consider that the Kindle Fire is less capable and more restricted than regular tablets running Android OS, and the puzzle gets more difficult. Or easier. That depends on where you stand, of course.
I remember being told that the Kindle Fire was useless as a tablet. It has only got a 7-inch display, runs on a Dual-Core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM, and runs a restricted version of Android. Plus, it is actually more an e-Book reader than a proper tablet. And then, Amazon does not give access to several countries around the world. Perhaps the critics had good fodder for their skepticism about the Fire.
But results do not lie. The Fire must be good for something – and good enough for a whole lot of people.
You tell us why you think that the Kindle Fire has done so well.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.