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Google survey: gaming is the most popular use for tablets

By Emil ยท 18 replies
Apr 9, 2011
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  1. AdMob, a mobile advertising company acquired by Google in November 2009, recently conducted a survey of over 1,400 tablet users in order to better understand how people are using their new devices. In the AdMob network alone, traffic from tablets has grown 300 percent in the past six months, and we're betting it won't be slowing down anytime soon.

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  2. dedparrot

    dedparrot TS Rookie Posts: 67

    I feel that games for touch devices aren't as innovative as they should be and in a lot of cases they're pretty sloppy.
  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 798   +318

    Now tell AdMob to exclude social network games (i.e. Facebook) and see how much is left.
  4. @Lurker101: but why? its a survey... why tamper results? Facebook games are in fact games.... silly to some yes, but still a game.
  5. I am read dc comic & gantz manga wow !!!!
  6. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Say what?! smh
  7. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    I think that the reason games are so common is because they are readily available. What tablet doesn't have an app store now? There's the Apple app store and the Android market. Aren't almost all tablets using iOS or Android?
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Playing games? No way!

    Judging by the posts here I would have figured it would be recording studio quality music albums, taking inventory and tracing motorcycle wiring diagrams.

    People use tablets for something as pedestrian as playing games? Not much of a paradigm shift if you ask me.

    But I guess this is what "normal" people do with tablets, not much difference than what they do with their PCs, smartphones, and consoles.
  9. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    B...b...but according to TechSpot forums, games can only be classified as 'games' if they are not associated with social media websites, and max out an i7 965 system with a GTX 480. Otherwise they are just timewasters on devices for stupid people who only consume information instead of producing anything of worthwhile value!!!1!!
  10. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I think most people percieve that they lay a lot more games... but I believe that actually people check email and other social apps, looking up information - reading texts - surf the web, and then play games.

    Games might be played when idle.. like during a commute or when waiting in line etc...

    This is just a guess given what I and i notice my friends are doing.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,511   +2,301

    Well of course silly....
    Exactly.....! Much in the same way as real men keep their wives and girlfriends barefoot, pregnant, and at home while they hang out in sports bars.......Um, and then come home fire up "Crysis" with a 7.1 channel sound system at full blast to drown out the cries of the little ones.

    And now if you want the scores to your Facebook IQ test, please download and install this game........
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +105

    The figure I find most interesting is that 28% of tablet users consider the tablet to be their primary computer.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Are you mad at me for using the motorcycle example, or that this poll actually proves my point that most NORMAL people use the tablet for exactly what they use every other electronic device: games and consumption of media?

    The reality is that because YOU use your tablet for something productive, does not mean most people do, and this poll proves it. So don't get snarky because you, as an avid tablet user, are getting lumped in with the rest of these people who don't "get" the myriad of uses they could be using their tablet for, and are using it just as a glorified smartphone.

    iPad users love to throw around the millions of wonderful, and apparently hitherto unforeseen uses for such a device, insulting the rest of us for not seeing how the world is a better and shinier place now that the iPad is around, but this is the stark reality of it. Most people don't buy it cause it will make their lives better, it just means that they don't have to get off the couch while watching TV to check their Facebook account, or that they get to play Angry Birds on a larger screen than before.

    You have found a wonderful use for this device, and it makes your life and your work better. But sadly this does not apply to MOST people who buy an iPad, for them its just another gadget. So don't use yourself as an 'average' iPad user, cause you're not, and please don't let our insults of those that only play games and consume media on the device affect you, cause you're not one of them.
  14. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Has this website got a [sarcasm] tag of sorts? It'd be useful.
  15. yeah I guess solitaire and minesweeper are technically games.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,511   +2,301

    Oddly, I just log in as "captaincranky", and everybody seems to know it's sarcasm.
  17. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I took your profession of fraternal love quite seriously, Capitan de mal humor.

    Now I am distraught, I was going to hit you up for a kidney and everything.
  18. this is pretty cool

    for complete tech news on one page go to :

  19. Gaming on a tablet ?

    Ha Ha right.

    I suppose throwing a couple of over priced I-Rubbish-Pads against a wall can be considered a sporting venture.

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