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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Android Captures 20% of the Tablet Market

Android-based tablets has captured 20% of the Tablet PC market according to ABI Research. A number of lower cost devices and Android fragmentation played a great factor in the increasing Androids market share. 

Android tablets are flooding the market with growing numbers in the last few months. Android tablet extended mix success stories and failures between devices from different vendors. Devices such as the Samsung's Galaxy Tab franchise has attracted significant market share and Motorola Xoom failed to keep its pre-release hype. However, the Tablet market in general and the android market share in particular is growing at a phenomenal rate. According to the prediction from the research firm IHS, shipments of tablets would value 61.9 million at the end of this year, compared to 19.7 million in the year 2010. Jordan Selburn, senior analyst for consumer platforms at IHS, wrote in a statement:
These new figures are the latest evidence that the Internet is not just for PCs anymore. Increasingly, each Internet-enabled electronics device is vying to become the center of what is known as the digital living room, aggregating content throughout the home.

After having all what he said, Apple's iPad continues dominance of the tablet space is currently undisputed. Jeff Orr, Group Director of ABI Research Mobile Devices said:

Many vendors have introduced media tablets, but none are separating themselves from the pack to pose a serious threat to Apple. In fact, most have introduced products at prices higher than similarly configured iPads.

Even if Apple could consider Android tablets as a serious threat, in my opinion, Android tablets have potential to cannibalize the Apple iPad.


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