Who is Reading Magazines on Android?  

Boris had an interesting announcement today that our TNW Magazine was no longer going to be published on Android. The short version of the story is that the download numbers are minuscule in comparison to the iOS counterpart, so it’s not worth our effort at this point.

But there are apparently some great magazines listed on Google Play, at least according to their reviews. Quite a few of them have hundreds of reviews, but they’re of course larger names such as GQ, Popular Science, et al.

Obviously someone is downloading and reading them; but who? Our findings were along the lines of an 80:1 ratio of iOS to Android downloads. Though that is probably more representative of the tablet market as a whole, it leaves a lot of questions to which I wish we could find answers.

Footnote: It positively blows my mind to see the reactions from some of Android’s more vocal fan base. Instead of offering real suggestions or any sort of constructive discussion the comments immediately turn to (generally poorly-written) insults.

Though, such is life on the Internet, I suppose. It’s the same type of behavior that you see in any comments thread relating to a subject about which people are passionate. What’s depressing is that this is what discussion is becoming. Or has it already happened?

 
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