Tablet shipments estimated to have risen 29.8% year-over-year in fourth quarter
Breaking it down by operating system, Android powered models represented a majority of slates shipped at 51.2%, followed by the 44.9% owned by the iOS, and the 3.9% that were powered by Windows. 31% of the total were 7 inch slabs while 25.4% had a 9 inch screen. 7.9 inch tablets accounted for 19.7% of the slates in transit, while 10 inch tablets made up 15.8%. 8 inch models accounted for 7.6% of tablets shipped in the quarter.
Thanks to the continued strength of the iPad, Apple led the list of manufacturers with 29.7% of the tablet market in Q4, followed by Samsung's 17.4%. Amazon was next with 5.4%, followed by Lenovo with 4.2% and Asus with 2.8%. Google (1.4%), Acer (1%) , Dell (0.8%) and Hewlett-Packard (0.5%) round out the list.
1. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
How can there be 44.9% share of iOS powered tablets when Apple's share in the pie is only 29.7%? Somebody please enlighten me.
2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4174; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
44.9% of tablets shipped in Q4 were iOS tablets, but iOS had 29.7% of the tablet market in Q4. Global shipments are different from global market shares. Global shipments are just how many were produced and sent to retailers around the world, market share is based on how many of those tablets shipped were actually sold.
Out of the estimated 78.45 million tablets that were shipped, 44.9% of them were iPads, but only 29.7% of the 78.45 million were iPads that had actually been sold. Or, that's what I think it is. I could be wrong.