Tablet makers apparently are still focusing on Android 4.0 for now and could be shifting some of their interest to Windows later this year, a report published by Digitimes said. "Most brand vendors will not rush" to introduce Windows 8 tablets until Q4, the site wrote.
Current demand for tablets, which isn't overwhelming outside the Apple world, seems to have convinced tablet makers that there is no urgency required to get a Windows tablet out onto store shelves. The necessary testing time of new Windows tablets could be another reason why many tablet makers are simply sticking with Android for now, if Digitimes is right.
The publication also noted that Microsoft's recent $300 million announcement in Barnes & Noble may have confused some tablet makers and raised concerns about Microsoft's content strategy for Windows 8.
... Um, windows 8 is coming out in October, so duh.
that's because mostly everyone who would shell out 300+ Eu's for a table got one already and they are not looking to buy a new one next to the one they got.
I own a Windows Mobile phone (KinTwoM), a WP7 phone (HTC Trophy from Verizon) an Android 2.4 tablet and an Android 2.4 phone (Samsung Transform Ultra from Sprint). My WP7 device is much easier to use and considerably more responsive than my Android 2.4 phone. For my purposes, it's actually the better overall phone. Now, for someone that needs a phone that's fully customizable, it's not an option. All you can change is the Metro background color. If MS uses the same strategy of limiting customization on Windows8 for Tablets, it's unlikely to sell any better than WP7 devices. People looking to buy Android or Windows tablets aren't looking to be restricted like on iOS devices....which so far has been the approach used by Microsoft in the mobile market.
Of course, the fact that any quarter following a holiday quarter always results in lower sales doesn't mean anything. Or the fact that a new iPad announcement always causes a slow down in sales just before it's released have nothing to do with it.
Apple's drop was perfectly normal. It's the Kindle Fire and other tablets that saw a horrible downturn in sales.