Android Central

IDC's quarterly research of the tablet market revealed that Samsung and Amazon have done really well lately at the expense of the iPad. As you might expect, Apple still holds about 50% of the tablet market share worldwide, but Samsung is up to 18.4%, and Amazon is up to 9% - significant improvements over 6.5% and nil at the same time last year. By comparison, the iPad claimed 65.5% in Q2 2012, and 59.7% tablet market share in Q3 2011. IDC figures that the tablet market has grown nearly 50% since last year, and grew 6.7% from Q2 2012 to Q3. 

Of course, this data isn't taking into account the iPad 4 and iPad mini, which are likely to show Apple clawing back some market share, though the Nexus 10 will likely give Apple some stiff competition. Windows 8 RT is also an option now, though it's hard to imagine a lot of folks going that route this early on. On paper, it looks like the N10 will beat out the iPad 4, but we all know these devices come down to more than just specs. 

How do you guys see the rest of the year playing out in the tablet space? How much longer will it be before the iPad is in the minority? Will it be able to weather the barrage of Android tablets coming out of the woodwork? Is there any room for a third platform?

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Tablet Shipments, Third Quarter 2012 (Preliminary) (Units Shipments are in millions) 

Vendor

3Q12 Shipments

3Q12 Market Share

3Q11 Shipments

3Q11 Market Share

3Q12/3Q11 Growth

1. Apple

14.0

50.4%

11.1

59.7%

26.1%

2. Samsung

5.1

18.4%

1.2

6.5%

325.0%

3. Amazon.com

2.5

9.0%

NA

NA

NA

4. Asus

2.4

8.6%

0.7

3.8%

242.9%

5. Lenovo

0.4

1.4%

0.2

1.1%

100.0%

Others

3.3

12.2%

5.4

28.9%

-38.9%


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

All Vendors

27.8

100%

18.6

100%

49.5%