Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on June 27 and since they usually unveil a new platform version with some sort of hardware, this year it was the Asus-made Nexus 7, the popular pure-Android seven-inch tablet. We knew the slate was popular but we didn’t know exactly just how popular since we haven’t seen any official numbers from Google.
We might have an idea about that now, thanks to Asus’ CFO David Chang, who unveiled, after the company’s third-quarter call, that “at the beginning, it was, for instance, 500K units a month, then maybe 600, 700K. This latest month, it was close to 1 million”. Adding all those numbers up we calculated a figure of around 2.8 million (averaging in at 700,000 units per month) and if the trend is continuing to grow they will sell close to five million units in total by the end of the year.
While this number is definitely something to applaud knowing the Nexus status of the tablet, Apple has managed to sell 14 million iPads in the last quarter alone. We are eagerly waiting for initial pre-order numbers for the iPad mini — since it sold out rather quickly — you know, just to see a comparison since Apple did that at the keynote.
Source: The Wall Street Journal