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More Tablets Run Amazon’s Version of Android Than Google’s

Amazon won’t say how many, but it’s selling a lot of Kindle Fires — so many that the device is already dominating the market for Android tablets.

According to the latest figures from comScore, gathered by tracking device traffic on the Web, the Fire has captured more than 54 percent of the Android tablet market, making it the undisputed leader among tablets running Google’s OS — though, to be fair, the Fire does run a forked version of Android.

Not bad for a tablet that’s been available for about six months. Clearly, sales are trending upward, and quickly too. Indeed, comScore says the Fire almost doubled its share of the Android tablet market in the past two months alone, raising it from 29.4 percent share in December 2011 to 54.4 percent share in February 2012.

Not a surprise, though, really. Reporting earnings on Thursday, Amazon said that the Kindle Fire remains the No. 1 best-selling, most-gifted, and most wished-for product the company offers.

Interesting that the top-selling Android tablet runs a proprietary version of the OS that doesn’t look much like the one Google created. At this point, there are more tablets running Amazon’s version of Android than Google’s.


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