Friday, April 26, 2013

Over 40 millions tablets were shipped in Q1 2013

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, in the first quarter of this year, tablet PCs were shipped 40.6 million worldwide which sets a new record. The number of tablets shipped in Q1 was more than double the 18.7 million that were sold in the same quarter a year ago. This is the highest year-over-year growth rate ever seen in a January-to-March period.
Apple’s iPad is still leading the tablet PC market with 48% global market share. However, their dominance in this fast growing competitive market is decreasing. They are now facing challenge from different companies. In the same period of last year their market share was 63%.
Google’s Android-based tablet PCs were shipped 17.6 million which held 43% global market share based on operating system (OS) market share in the first quarter of 2013. Last year, it had 34% share of the market. This operating system is doing well and shipments of the Android-based tablet PCs have been growing strongly.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 is another tablet PC operating system which is coming strongly in the competition from zero share in 2012. Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system including Windows RT secured a 7.5% share of the global market selling 3 million units. They are hoping to increase their share in the in the global tablet PC market.