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Entire tablet market slumps in Q1

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Entire tablet market slumps in Q1
Just a few days ago, DigiTimes predicted that Q2 tablet shipments could be as high as 21.6 million units, and manufacturers would love to see that because IDC has reported that the entire tablet market slumped in Q1. IDC had predicted that the market would see a downturn this quarter, especially after a record-breaking 28.2 million unit Q4 to end 2011, but the slump was worse than expected, down to just 17.4 million shipments in Q1. 

Apple had a relatively good quarter, increasing its share of the tablet market from 54.7% in Q4 2011 to 68% in Q1 2012, but recording fewer shipments (15.4 million in Q4 2011, and just 11.8 million in Q1 2012.) Samsung took over second place as Amazon took a huge plunge. In Q4 2011, Amazon surprised everyone with 16.8% of the market on 4.8 million shipments, but dropped to just 4% this quarter. 

Lenovo and Barnes & Noble rounded out the top 5, which makes us wonder where Asus would have landed on the extended list. Overall, Android tablets made a poor showing, so there needs to be a big turnaround to hit the numbers DigiTimes predicted. 

source: IDC via The Verge

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posted on 04 May 2012, 00:56 4

1. HugeTroller (banned) (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


People are getting smarter after being conned on the fragmentated android phones, now Apple is winning.
Once Windows 8 comes, it'll be a duo monopoly kicking Android aside.

posted on 04 May 2012, 01:33 1

2. rcwfox2002 (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


Do you even know what fragment means? Or are you just repeating crap from steve jobs sounds like you've been tricked into being fool!

posted on 04 May 2012, 03:22

3. kamen (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


I also guess Windows 8 will turn that upside down - after all both iOS and Android lack in term of real functionality compared to a full-fledged computer operating system (MacOS and Windows).
As for the Android vs iOS battle - I'm pretty sure Android will overtake iOS. After all, Apple cannot compete the whole world.

posted on 04 May 2012, 17:57

4. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 166; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


iPad being a single device vs Android being an operating system on several devices.

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