Entire tablet market slumps in Q1

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



1. HugeTroller

Posts: 80; Member since: Apr 27, 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.

2. rcwfox2002

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 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!

3. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

4. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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

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