Gartner recently issued their forecast for tablet computer sales for 2012. The research firm says that 118.9 million tablets will be sold to end users this year. This figure represents a 98% increase from 2011.
Of those 118.9 million tablets Apple is expected to command 61.4% of that market share. Apple sold 40 million iPads last year which was good for 66.6% of the tablet market.
Android on the other hand had 28.8% of the tablet market in 2011 and is expected to slightly increase to 3.18% of the market. Android tablet sales are expected to be fueled by Amazon, HTC and Samsung. Samsung has just announced the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7″ on April 22nd which will offer a full featured Android tablet at a price competitive with the Amazon Kindle Fire. Although not formally reported anywhere the Kindle Fire is believed to be the best selling Android tablet last year.
Gartner has predicted that Windows 8 tablets will account for 4.8 million units in 2012. The first Windows 8 tablets are expected in the second half of the year.