Android continues to lead the way with a 56.3% share of new tablet shipments from January through March of this year. A 39.6% share was scooped up by iOS in Q1, followed by the 4.1% share belonging to Windows 8/RT. It should be noted that because not all vendors have reported, the figures have an accuracy rate of +/- 3%.
The two rivals, Samsung and Apple, combined to account for 71% of the 41.3 million branded tablets that shipped in the first quarter. The 3.4 million tablet difference between the two was the closest to date. In addition, 22% of the tablets shipped with an embedded modem (3G/4G), the highest figure since the September quarter in 2011. ABI also pointed out that "as major advanced markets become saturated, buyers are expanding their tablet use case, which is also pushing up the ASP (Average Selling Price) in these markets."
ABI Research's latest numbers show Samsung closing in on the Apple iPad
source: ABIResearch via DigiTimes