It isn't a device maker nor even a pure form of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s operating system that's leading the pack for Android tablets. That distinction goes to Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and its own proprietary version of the OS.
The Web giant didn't say how many Android-based Fire tablets it shipped when it reported earnings this week, but comScore Inc.says the six-month-old device made up 54 percent of the Android tablet market this quarter. And, that's up from just 29.4 percent market share in December. (See Analyst: LTE Kindle Fire Coming Next Year.)
RIM's five-year runway: BlackBerry 's recovery could take years, and that's according to one of its own shareholders. New board member and RIM's third-largest investor Prem Watsa told reporters at Fairfax's annual meeting that a turnaround at the BlackBerry maker may take three to five years, because it's not easy to compete with Apple, Samsung and other Android companies. When asked if RIM has three to five years left in it, Watsa said it at least has the cash -- $2.1 billion -- to keep it out of bankruptcy. (See RIM Begins Uphill Climb and RIM Scrambles to Launch Better LTE Devices.)
In other leakage news, more uncovered papers from Verizon suggests that HTC Rezound, Motorola Razr and Razr Maxx, Xoom 3G and 4G will be getting updated to Android's 4.0 OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, next month.