Apr 11 AT 2:08 PM Alberto Vildosola 11 Comments

Gartner: Android will run on 39% of tablets in 2015

Right after releasing a report on the smartphone market, Gartner is at it again. This time, the research firm is taking a look at the tablet market. According to Gartner, Android is poised to own 39% of the tablet market by 2015. In contrast, the obvious leader in the tablet market, Apple, will see its market share drop from 83.9% to 47.1%. Other players like Meego and WebOS have almost no chance at competing in the tablet market. Gartner predicts the two will stay below the 5% mark for next the few years. Unsurprisingly, Gartner believes that Android will have the same kind of success that the OS is enjoying right now in the smartphone market.

Like any other Android fan, I can’t get enough of these reports predicting Android’s success. However, I think Gartner is taking a somewhat conservative approach to predicting Android’s growth in the tablet market. The research firm is forecasting a linear and slow growth trajectory for Android — going from 14.2% to 38.6% in five years. That’s not the case in the phone market, where Android grew at a much rapid pace going from 0.5% to 22.7% in just two years. There’s not a lot of difference between the phone and tablet market. There’s a good chance that Android will take over the tablet world like it’s doing in the smartphone’s.

If we look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab as the T-Mobile G1 and 2010 as 2008, then Android should own half the tablet market around 2014 — and not 39% in 2015. It’s interesting that at this point we’re discussing how fast Android will dethrone the iPad. Everybody agrees that’ll eventually happen — it’s just a matter of how fast.

Via: TheNextWeb

Source: Gartner

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Ryan

    This is good news, but Android really needs to step up their game in terms of making the user experience better than it currently is on the tablets. Honeycomb is a laggy mess right now (I had a XOOM and returned it) in comparison to iOS, so I really hope they make some major improvements for the future.

    • http://Website Gangbang host

      Yea, iPad 2 is the worlds best.
      Its american.

      • http://Website Ryan

        The iPad 2 is just as American as a Mitsubishi. You do realize the vast majority of parts come from Japan and China, right?

  • http://Website Mike11

    “There’s not a lot of difference between the phone and tablet market.”

    Yes there is. Smartphones are mainly sold by M(V)NOs, tablets are not. So carrier exclusivities are not that big of a deal like they were with the iPhone. But on the other hand it’s easier for Android to differentiate on pricing, since there’s no $2000 contract attached to the price of all tablets and so the retail price of the device matters more.

  • http://Website Haggie

    The iPad will be a brief footnote in the history of tablet computing.

    • http://Website Ryan

      Highly unlikely considering Apple seems to be the one paving the way (as much as it pains me to say that) in the world of tablets.

      You know Apple will release an iPad 3 with big improvements, thus creating competition further down the road and forcing other manufacturers to one-up them.

      People may hate Apple around here, but I’m glad they’re around in terms of technological advances. When Android wants to beat iOS, and vice versa, we as consumers win.

      • http://Website Nate

        I have to agree with you on this one. And there is absolutely no way apple will just be a footnote in the history of tablets, before the iPad everyone was trying to stuff a full install of Windows on tablets rather than realizing that they needed something designed from the ground up for touch input. I know I may come across as an Apple fanboy, but there are some things we just have to accept.

  • http://Website aggrobot

    Welcome to fragmentation!!!

  • http://Website Anonyomous

    Yeah If we all live passed 2012.. The government is trying to kill us using haarp to create disasters like the massive earthquake in japan.. It was all the U.S government

  • http://Website Nate

    I bet the android takeover of tablets will come much more quickly than they predict, I mean the numbers they had for the smartphone industry were similar to this and we all know how much more quickly android took over there.

  • http://www.jadejaws.net jadejaws

    Anyone here every used a tablet day to day?
    Not trying to insult. Simply asking.
    I have had many.
    iPad, Archos, Viewsonic, Adam, and Windows (HP Slate).
    I struggle to see the appeal of the devices over a cheap laptop.
    Maybe I am just too embedded in functionality.
    Seems to me a $400 ProBook from HP is 1000000 times better than any tablet as far as functionality.
    It may not have the lightweight appeal, but geesh…..I can carry 4 pounds just fine.
    Android Tablets are neat enough and they will have their market, but I see the entire tablet trend as niche.