2011 The Year of NVIDIA dominating Android Superphones and tablets

Chris Burns - Aug 3, 2011, 10:39am CDT
2011 The Year of NVIDIA dominating Android Superphones and tablets

The year 2011 has been a time of many advancements for Android, not least of all in the land of processors. In the United States, the Motorola ATRIX 4G was the first dual-core Android handset to hit the shelves, while the first dual-core tablet was the Motorola XOOM. Besides both of these devices being Motorola, what’s do they both have in common? They’ve both got the power of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor inside. From the very start of this dual-core revolution here in the USA, NVIDIA has been dominating the market.

When this post is released, we’ve got our full Android device directory at Device.AC up and active. In this directory we’ve got the large majority of Android devices listed, each of the dual-core devices thus far released posted in full. According to this directory, and according to every other directory for that matter, NVIDIA has thus far dominated the market of dual-core processor-toting Android devices in both Android tablets and Android superphones. When compared to rival SoC (System on Chip) manufacturers, it’s hard to argue with the fact that all of NIVIDIA’s competition comes up short.

First take a look at our big [SoC Manufacturer Listing for Samsung] portal. It’s here that you’ll find many devices of note, most of them Samsung, and only one dual-core device, the Samsung Galaxy S II, a device that’s not yet released in the USA and is therefor not counted in this post. Next we’ve got [Qualcomm], a group whose SoC’s have a propensity to show up in HTC devices, listing only a handful of dual-core devices (running its dual-core Snapdragon processor): HTC EVO 3D on Misc Carriers, HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile, and the HTC myTouch 4G Slide on T-Mobile. As we move on to [Texas Instruments], we find that they’ve only got two devices running their OMAP4 dual-core processor: the Motorola DROID 3 on Verizon and the LG THRILL 4G on AT&T.

Taking a look at NVIDIA, listed at [http://device.ac/nvidia], we find that they clearly dominate the market, not only having the most dual-core Android handsets on the market, but taking the dual-core tablet market entirely:

Motorola Photon 4G on Misc carriers

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Motorola DROID X2 on Verizon
LG G2x on T-Mobile
Motorola ATRIX on AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a Wi-Fi unit and on Verizon Wireless

Our “crazy” Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 unboxing ceremony:

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Exclusive unboxing ceromony by Vic Gundotra, Google’s Sr. VP of Engineering:

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Acer ICONIA Tab A500 as a Wi-Fi unit only at the moment
Asus Eee Pad Transformer as a Wi-Fi unit only at the moment
Lenovo IdeaPad K1 as a Wi-Fi unit only at the moment
Dell Streak 7 on T-Mobile
Motorola XOOM as a Wi-Fi unit and on Verizon Wireless
Toshiba Thrive as a Wi-Fi unit only at the moment
LG G-Slate on T-Mobile

Final count for dual-core devices on the USA mobile market today: Samsung 0, Qualcomm 3, Texas Instruments 2, and NVIDIA 12. It’s a complete domination of the Android market that NVIDIA has at the moment, having their Tegra 2 dual-core processor in more Android devices here in the USA than every other SoC manufacturer combined. As far as carriers:

Verizon has
Motorola DROID 3 with Texas Instruments
Motorola Droid X2 with NVIDIA
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with NVIDIA
Motorola XOOM with NVIDIA
totaling 1 for TI, 3 for NVIDIA.

AT&T has
LG THRILL 4G with Texas Instruments
Motorola ATRIX with NVIDIA
totaling 1 for TI, 1 for NVIDIA.

T-Mobile has
HTC myTouch 4G Slide with Qualcomm
HTC Sensation 4G with Qualcomm
LG G2x with NVIDIA
Dell Streak 7 with NVIDIA
LG G-Slate with NVIDIA
totaling 2 for Qualcomm, 3 for NVIDIA.

Miscellaneous carriers have
HTC EVO 3D with Qualcomm
Motorola PHOTON 4G with NVIDIA
totaling 1 for Qualcomm, 1 for NVIDIA.

Non-Carriers (aka Wi-Fi only device carrying businesses like Best Buy) have
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with NVIDIA
Acer ICONIA Tab A500 with NVIDIA
Asus Eee Pad Transformer with NVIDIA
Lenovo IdeaPad K1 with NVIDIA
Motorola XOOM with NVIDIA
Toshiba Thrive with NVIDIA
totaling 6 for NVIDIA.

The numbers make it clear: there is no carrier where a consumer doesn’t have at least one NVIDIA device from which to choose, most of them giving the consumer only the choice between an NVIDIA device and one other SoC manufacturer if they want a dual-core device. Furthermore, if a consumer wants a dual-core tablet, NVIDIA is the sole choice on the market; NVIDIA has as many or more dual-core devices for sale on every mobile carrier in the USA than any of its competitors. NVIDIA’s strong presence with every major mobile carrier, as well as the fact that its dual-core processor is in more mobile devices than every other SoC manufacturer combined, means you could well argue that the company is the dominant force today in the modern mobile market.

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