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Report: Worldwide tablet shipments off to a poor start in 2014

Report: Worldwide tablet shipments off to a poor start in 2014
On the day following Apple's fiscal second quarter earnings report, which showed a decline in iPad sales, a researcher reported a drop in global tablet shipments. According to the data, global shipments of tablets declined 30% during the first quarter of 2014, from the fourth quarter of 2013. That means that 58.56 million slates were in transit during Q1. The reasons for the decline were varied, and included seasonality, the maturing of the tablet market, and the decline in iPad sales reported by Apple.

Apple said that it had sold 16.3 million units of its iPad during its fiscal second quarter (calendar first quarter) which was a sharp drop off from the 19.5 million sold in the same quarter last year. The numbers cited in the researcher's report were slightly different than what Apple announced, with 15.85 million iPads said to have been shipped in Q1. Non iPad tablets shipped totaled 22.31 million. That was a 20% decline from the December quarter, but up 30% year-over-year. The gain from the 2013 quarter was due to heavy demand for Samsung and Lenovo's Android powered slates. Asus' Windows Phone models also contributed to the gain.

Apple and Samsung werethisclose in the global manufacturer's rankings. Only 6 percentage points separated the two as the iPad is losing its grip on its once dominating share of the tablet market. Lenovo and Asus were third and fourth respectively. Amazon was seventh on the global tablet market share list, with Google at number ten.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 24 Apr 2014, 01:33

1. hurrycanger (Posts: 769; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


"Asus' Windows Phone models" what? xD

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 01:39 2

2. livyatan (Posts: 649; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


This is so misguided .. The shipments are UP 30 PERCENT year on year!

The quarterly drop was to be expected because of post holiday season.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 04:00

6. Finalflash (Posts: 1433; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Now now, it's an Alan article, if Apple sales declined then the whole industry is collapsing. Doesn't matter if everyone else sold well and people might be switching away from Apple, it's because the whole sector is collapsing.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:16

9. Sauce (unregistered)


-iPad generated 4x mobile web traffic than all Android tablets combined.

-iPad has 95% share of education market

-98% customer satisfaction rate among iPad owners, 2/3 of people planning to buy a tablet in next 90 days plan to buy iPad

SINCE this is the case, then Android tablets must really be suffering as a whole

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 14:48

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1433; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


...I don't get how you drew the final conclusion of your piece with the pointless information you threw out at the start. Android tablets aren't even suffering apparently (unless you didn't read the article) since they increased their overall shipping numbers vs the iPad which declined heavily from the same quarter last year. SINCE that is the case, I'm pretty sure Android tablets must not really be suffering as a whole.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 18:00

11. Sauce (unregistered)


Declined or not, still slacking. Tsk Tsk.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 07:52

8. refillable (Posts: 583; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


That's 101% true. They should fire the guy who's writing this flawed article and you must to join Phone Arena in place of him.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 01:53 1

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2010; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


And tablets are on a longer ownership/buying cycle than phones.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 02:34 5

4. MrJerry (Posts: 384; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


I love my Galaxy tab pro 8.4
Best aspect ratio and display, Done!

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 03:34

5. androiphone20 (Posts: 1393; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"werethisclose," I do not always see but when I do it's what you did there

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:17 1

7. vipervoid123 (Posts: 72; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Downfall of Tablet ~
Due to too many China tablet on the market ~

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