April 11th in iPad 3, iPad News by

iPad to control 61% of 2012 tablet market

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By 2013, Gartner sees the iPad reaching about 99 million tablets, compared with 61 million Android tablets, about 14 million Windows 8 tablets, and 6 million PlayBooks. In 2016, the iPad is expected to boom to nearly 170 million, Android tablets to 137 million, Windows 8 tablets to 43 million, and PlayBooks to almost 18 million.

Despite the continued rapid rise of the Android latform in the fast-growing tablet category, Apple’s iPad tablet will remain king. That’s one of the findings in a new report from industry research firm Gartner.

The report, released Tuesday, estimated that global tablet sales will reach about 119 million tablets by the end of this year, nearly doubling the 60 million sold last year. Of those, Apple is expected to sell about 73 million tablets, for a 61 percent market share. While that’s a five percentage point drop from 2011, Android-based tablets will increase their share by only three points to 32 percent, with about 61 million sold to end users.

Gartner projects nearly 5 million Microsoft Windows 8-based tablets being sold in 2012, and about 2.6 million of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBooks.

By 2013, Gartner sees the iPad reaching about 99 million tablets, compared with 61 million Android tablets, about 14 million Windows 8 devices, and 6 million PlayBooks. In 2016, Apple is expected to boom to nearly 170 million, Android to 137 million, Microsoft to 43 million, and PlayBooks to almost 18 million.

Gartner said that one of the factors holding down Android’s growth is a lack of apps designed specifically for tablets.

Do you think apps hold Android back, or is it the OS and hardware?

via Apple Insider





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