Android tablet population to catch up with the iPad by 2015

Android tablet population to catch up with the iPad by 2015
It is no secret that Apple's iPad is the prime device on the tablet market today. Holding over two thirds of the market makes it the most popular slate out there with the competition still trailing far behind. However, how long will the iPad's reign last for? Well, according to an estimate given by Informa Telecoms & Media, Android tablet sales will catch up with those of the iPad at some point in 2015.

Over 90 million iPads will have been sold four years from now, if the analysis turns out to be correct, which is only a fraction more than what the number of Andorid Tablets is expected to be by that same time – 87 million, to be more precise. Later on in 2016, Apple's tablet is predicted to be overtaken in terms of sales by affordable, Android-powered slates.

It has been noted that the iPad's success is greatly due to its brand recognition, wide availability, high product quality and the great selection of custom-tailored software. At this time, Android tablets still have some catching up to do, especially when it comes to the software part. As we all know, the number of apps optimized for Honeycomb is not something that Google brags about. However, with the increasing amount of manufacturers joining the game with an Android-powered device of their own and with Ice Cream Sandwich coming down the road, the Android ecosystem is bound to flourish and it wouldn't be surprising if Google's platform achieves dominance over the market in a few short years.

source: Informa Telecoms & Media via Android Authority



1. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Android tablet population to catch up with the iPad by the end of 2012. My opinion !

2. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

catch up with apple...never!! windows 8 tablets can do...

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Wasn't there just an article on P.A. that gave another prediction that the iPad was going to own the Tablet market for the foreseeable future? Predictions, predictions. By the way, every year since I was growing up in Fort Myers, Florida I predicted THIS was going to be the year my Tampa Bay Bucs would win the Superbowl. I have been right once so far ......

4. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

do you count only the US because i don't reallygive a shit about apple

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Too many fanboys when a article like this is on here. Dont even believe any numbers thats posted on phonearena

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

jajaja look who is really playing catch up...... they took ther cell phoen industry by storm back with the iphone and now again with the ipad.... oucchhhh a direct hit to the Android Community which I am a resident of.. the Droid hood... but have a vacation home in the ipad resorts


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

i actually would prefer the ipad over any android tablet,, well maybe except the new galaxy tab but otherwise ipad is nice...

8. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

i am the lucky one who actually HAS used an iPad/iPad2 and a sgt10.1. I must say I am very unimpressed by the sgt10.1, it lags SOOO much, there are no apps, and it just isn't smooth compared to my iPad 2. Ok android fanboys, take your shots, I'm waiting. (Oh and by the way, I have a Droid 2)

9. cc unregistered

I have the 10.1 and the only time I experience any lag of any kind is if I leave multiple games running in the background... I have only used an iPad 2 briefly so I cannot compare directly in terms of performance. Although I can say that the voice recognition on my 10.1 is absolutely beautiful, and as far as I know neither the iPhone or iPad has a direct speech to text function other than using a separate app for it.

10. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

What I mean by lag is choppiness, I hate it, iPad 2 with everything is smooth.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

ive used the ipad 1 and 2.. that would be the only apple product i would purchase... soo nope i have nothing to say your prob right? android tablets dont catch my attention yet....

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

It's only taken Android 3 years to catch up with and surpass iOS in the smartphone market; why should it is take five (starting in 2010) to catch up with them in tabs? All it takes is one or two well marketed Android tablets (like what happened with the Motorola DROID) and their market share will once again take off like a rocket.

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Allowing many manufacturers to create Android tablets is great for customers like me who have some specific needs. Different tablets have different features. With a range of products to choose from, I am able to find an Android tablet that really suits my needs more so than the iPad. I think that the iPad is better than many Android tablets for my needs, but there is one Android tablet that I found (Asus Eee Pad Transformer) that I like more than the iPad.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.