Android Tablets Gain Ground on iPad in Q4 2010 [REPORT]

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
As an iPad lover, I dont think I am worried. iPad is far superior and it will take a while for Android to catch up to iOS. However, as a technology enthusiast, I am ecstatic at the competition, because that would mean more innovation!

via Mashable! by Stan Schroeder on 1/31/11

We’re still waiting for Android 3.0 or Honeycomb, which is supposed to be the first version of the platform aimed at tablets, but Android tablets on the whole are doing quite well, at least according to the latest numbers by market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Android tablets have climbed up to 22 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2010, which is an almost tenfold increase compared to the 2.3 percent in the previous quarter. The gain is mostly due to strong sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Strategy Analytics claims.

Apple sold 7.3 million iPads in the last quarter, and the device accounted for 75 percent of global shipments in Q4 2010, which is quite a fall from the 96 percent it had in Q3 2010.

The numbers are in line with a recent report that claimed Samsung has sold 2 million Galaxy Tabs in Q4 2010.

With most major consumer electronics manufacturers poised to release a new tablet in 2011, and Google holding a Honeycomb-related event on Wednesday (which hopefully means a near release date of this particular version of Android), Android has all the ingredients to do for tablets what it did for smartphones: become the most powerful alternative to Apple’s iOS platform.

Apple, which is expected to launch a new version of its iPad this year, is still well ahead in the tablet department, but it won’t be able to rest on its laurels too long.

[via Bloomberg Businessweek]

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