The most recent quarterly numbers have been published by the International Data Corporation pertaining to global tablet sales. The IDC has reported that while tablet sales fell over the last quarter by 28%, Android tablets increased their market share 8.2 percentage points to 34% of the global market share.
Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 still dominate the global tablet market place. Supply chain problems with tablets, and parts for the iPad 2 specifically are said to be contributing factors to the decrease in sales from the previous quarter.
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Although it will take a while for Android to see the kind of footing it has on the phone side this is definitely a move in the right direction. The release of Android 3.x Honeycomb and the focus on quality hardware to go along with it, contributed to Androids growth in the last quarter.
The IDC blamed customers unwillingness to sign up for contracts to get tablets by Samsung and Motorola in the last quarter. This logic seems a bit flawed as the Motorola Xoom came out as both a 3G and WiFi only version and to date the cellular radio equipped Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has still yet to see Verizon shelves. Both the Xoom and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 have had major retail roll outs at partners like Best Buy in the US and carphone warehouse abroad. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has only been available for a month now.
Despite the low quarter IDC increased their forecast on tablet sales globally for 2011. They had originally predicted that 50.4 million tablets would sell worldwide. They have revised that to 53.5 million units.