Apple continued to win out in terms of tablet market share this past quarter, according to the latest figures from ABI Research, with a 55 percent share of all shipments during the period. That’s a lead it has had since 2010 when the iPad was introduced, but it’s also the slimmest lead it’s ever had, and represents a dip of 14 percent versus the previous quarter. At this rate, Android could overtake the iPad for tablet share sometime next year, something which seemed unlikely or even impossible in 2010 and 2011. Source
I am a rabid fan of CBC’s Republic of Doyle. I fall in love with St. John’s every episode. I find Jake-speak invading my vocabulary, Oh Yeah! You can imagine my excitement then, when the Ride Along app was introduced. According to the promotional video, I could continue my two-screen watching of each episode, but with many more interactive opportunities. Particularly tempting was the Oh Yeah button. If you don’t watch RofD, you won’t understand the thrill I would experience hearing my tablet emit an oh yeah when Des saves the day or Jake removes his shirt. Oh yeah!
Oh no! The RofD boffins only built an iPad app. Yep, the increasingly loyal, vocal and stubborn “droid users were overlooked. I did enjoy watching the Powers that Be at RoD put out the @RepublicofDoyle twitter fires, when the oversight was disclosed. They scaled up on Twitter and Facebook the messages promising users like me that something was coming – eventually. Every time they touted the advantages of the Ride Along app, it was followed by a shout-out to ride along using the website version. Clearly no one on the RoD team uses an Android. Doing anything within a browser on an Android is like driving a Charger with a flat tire. Oh wait, Jake’s done that.
A better woman than I would not point a finger at Republic of Doyle, because much time is being spent developing iOS apps by any number of entities while ignoring the Android users. Entities that fail to build equivalent apps for Android end up on my don’t buy, use, or promote list. I just can’t do that to RoD…Republic of Doyle is the exception. Oh yeah!