The Apple iPad has a dominating market share lead over its Android tablet competition and things aren’t expected to change much this year with the introduction of the iPad 3. While most of us favor Android powered devices, it’s hard to deny that no Android manufacturer has been able to produce a tablet which can go head-to-head with the new iPad. Samsung and Asus have some amazing products, but Android’s thorn in Apple’s side is actually low-end tablets which accounted for nearly 23% of all tablets sold in the last quarter of 2011.
According to the latest number by IDC, Android gained significant market share in 2011 and is expected to gradually increase its dominance in the tablet sector over the next few years. IDC predicts that Android tablets will overtake iOS by 2015, though Apple is still expected to be the number one tablet manufacturer for the foreseeable future.
Top five Q411 tablet manufacturers
- Apple – 54.7%
- Amazon – 16.8%
- Samsung – 5.8%
- Barnes & Noble – 3.5%
- Pandigital – 2.5%
While the IDC numbers look promising for Android, they fail to account for Windows 8 powered tablets which are expected to debut later this year. At this point, it’s hard to predict how much tablet market share Microsoft will be stealing from Apple and Android, but the omission from IDC’s projections is surprising. Most PC manufacturers have plans to release Windows 8 tablets and consumers should be drawn to the new devices. They will be true hybrids which deliver tablet functionality and the power of a full computer.
Do you think the IDC projections will come to fruition or will Microsoft ultimately gain the upper hand in the tablet sector?