Agworld’s response to the Android tablet market stems from our pursuit of maintaining an exceptional standard along with an awareness of how easy it can be to spread oneself too thin.
Our perspective and response to the Apple/Android competition may be better understood by considering some figures pertaining to tablet sales overall.
You may be surprised to know that Apple have reportedly sold about 47 million iPad units since the first iPad model was released in 2010!
By the end of 2012 it is estimated by some that this figure will rise to around 63 million with Android tablet sales projected to reach around 40 million.
One study involving over 1600 business IT buyers is also telling when it comes to the more immediate iPad and Android tablet battle. Of the 1600 IT buyers surveyed, 22% said they would be purchasing a tablet for their employees. Of those, 84% confirmed they would be buying Apple’s tablet; iPad 3.
From Agworld’s perspective, especially as the nation’s leading agri-related IT platform developer, the present preference toward the iPad makes a lot of sense.
Agworld’s steady journey to maturity has stemmed from a commitment to stability and, as you can imagine, the less software and hardware combinations you attempt to engage, the more stable your platform will be.
We designed and released our revolutionary app for Apple’s iPad because it involves a single piece of software and only three pieces of hardware; specifically, iPad 1, 2 & 3.
Were we to begin configuring specific to the Android market, we would be required to design an app specific to 4 or 5 types of software and a pile of different devices.
We are watching with great interest how Samsung and Motorola, for example, further develop what are already impressive pieces of hardware. We will continue to review the features and benefits they provide to our users in the field, and develop in line with those when they exceed or match what Apple are currently making available.