Lei Jun, CEO & co-founder of Xiaomi, published a blog post this morning (Beijing time) elaborating on why Android tablets don’t sell and what his company has done trying to improve the situation.

His conclusion is the problem is in the Android app development ecosystem — In short, there are not many quality apps for Android devices with bigger screens. He argues that consumers may buy a phone installed with any operating system as long as they can make phone calls and send text messages with it. Since the two functions are absent with tablets, what motivates consumers to buy Android tablets can only be apps, and it should be a large number of good ones — That’s why iPad series sell.

We know the problem with Android tablet isn’t about price or choices. It’s easy to make an Android tablet the device and the cost can be very low. Android tablets of all price levels are on the market.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com