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Strategy Analytics: Apple maintains lead in Tablets. Android closes gap

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on January 27, 2012

Apple ranks number one in terms of the global tablet shipments for the fourth quarter of 2011. 27 million tablet units were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2011. While the Apple iPad occupied a majority of the global market share with 58 percent, Android tablets recorded a 39 percent global share. Android captured a record 39 percent share of global tablet shipments in Q4 2011, rising from 29 percent a year earlier. Global Android tablet shipments tripled annually to 10.5 million units. iSuppli estimates Amazon Kindle fire to be the second biggest tablet maker with 3.9 million units which establishes it as 14.55% of the global tablet shipments.

Demand for slates has increased by 150 percent all over the world as compared to the figures that were recorded in the fourth quarter of 2010. 15.4 million iPads were retailed in Q4 2011. Even while there are many companies manufacturing tablets running on the Android OS, Apple has shown that its iPad, which has somewhat been the inspiration behind the whole tablet revolution, still maintains the top position.

Another interesting finding that emerged from this Strategy Analytics study is that the amount of tablets shipped globally in 2011 was 66.9 million which is a 260 percent leap from the 18.6 million figure registered in 2010.

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