IDC second quarter data shows tablet market still in disarray

IDC second quarter data shows tablet market still in disarray
IDC has just completed its analysis of the second quarter tablet market. For the three month period, worldwide tablet shipments declined by 3.4% to 37.9 million units. This performance comes despite Apple's new low priced iPad. Even detachable tablets, once expected to lead the category out of the darkness, were unable to provide much lift for the product. Apple and its iPad continued to have the top market share and also led in unit shipments. For the period from April through June, Apple shipped 11.4 million tablets worldwide, a year-over-year gain of 14.7%. Apple's market share for the quarter rose from 25.4% to 30.1%. With global second quarter tablet shipments of 5.4 million units, Samsung finished behind Apple for second place, trailing its rival by 47%. From April through June, Samsung reported negative growth of -.8% and now controls 15.8% of the global tablet market.

Huawei finished third with worldwide shipments of three million slates during the second quarter. The Chinese manufacturer owned 8% of the global tablet market during the quarter, and scored an outstanding 47.1% in year-over-year growth. Amazon did even better as the company reported a gain of 51.4% in unit shipments of tablets for the second quarter. With that in mind, Amazon had a 6.2% share of the worldwide tablet market for Q2 of 2017. That was ahead of the 4.1% slice of the tablet pie that Amazon held at the same time in 2016.

Right behind Amazon was Lenovo. The latter shipped 2.2 million slabs from April through June to give it a 5.7% share. That still resulted in negative year-over-year growth of -14.6% for the quarter.

Overall, tablet shipments declined by 3.4% during the three months from April through June reaching 37.9 million units. That is off by 1.4 million tablets shipped from the 39.3 million units delivered in 2016.


source: IDC

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43 Comments

1. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't see my self buying another tablet for 2 years. Still use my Air 2 everyday though.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Phablets over the years have cannibalized and replaced a number of users tablets. Plus you get all the benefits of a smartphone and a tablet in one device. Well if it's Apple's iPhone plus versions then you still need a tablet, because iPhone's still don't have real multitasking or split screen. Unlike Android which has that and more.

10. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol split screen on a 5-6" device is useless. Also, the flagship android devices cant seem to keep things in memory longer than the iPhone...nice try though with the subtle (and incorrect) jab.

17. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Usefulness of split screen on 5-6 inch device depends on user. I would still go with a feature, even if it is useless, instead of no feature at all. You can write all those memory and lag bulls**t about Android. But you cannot change the fact that iphone has no real multitasking. Multitasking on iphone depends on apple's wish and not on user and app developers.

20. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

See that's where there's preference. I prefer to hold off on a feature if it's not fully baked. You, prefer to have it asap regardless of whether it's implemented properly or not. As for the memory "bs", there's tons of videos showing it. I also chose not to say anything about lag, you did. Add a feature if it works from beginning to end, not just hope the tape holds.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Bucky you are a fool. Multitasking has been around for decades now. So basically it will be ready when your Apple God implements it, right bucky? Btw I can be browsing the internet and watch a YouTube video simultaneously, without it slowing down. Not to mention other things simultaneously. It works great. But you would never know since all you use is Apple products. Oh and it wasn't a try with an incorrect jab. It was the truth. iPhone's don't have real multitasking or split screen. Android does. 100% a fact. You just don't like to see things where Android outshines Apple. Because you become butt hurt, then you have to throw in a lie that it doesn't work well. However it works great on Android. But you wouldn't know since your an ignorant Apple zealot.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Thanks for telling me what is useful to me.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Is that not EXACTLY what Sgoodell did and what Android users in general do in every iPhone article?

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Derp!!! It's useless to you. I dont use it often, but I do when i upload pics from my phone to a website. If I need to view a webpage that i am reading or cooy8ng pasting from, it's nice to o ly drag the window larger which us fastwr than switching. On iOS, I have to copy, switch to the other app and paste. On the Galaxy I have both so does open and I simply crap one bigger and copy, slide back up and paste. Without e ery leaving the S teen. If this was the S3 or S4 I would say you are correct. But on a 5.5"+ screen you can and its awesome. No .a tree what you claim. Maybe it's not beneficial to you. But to say its useless is BS. Force Touch is useless as far as how Apple did it. Don't dont have force touch and when I hard press an icon, I get a menu. The fact us, when you press hard, you also press longer, b3cause its take weight to create pressure. Apple wasted space inside the phome for a hardware solution that isn't faster or better than do it in software. If you like phones with no useful features, then fine. But why slam someone just because they like it? Again why do you even care? If you dont like the Galaxy and its features, why comment on them? I thought you guys were smart?!

29. path45th

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Split screen on a tiny smartphone screen... no thanks!

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And that's fine if it isn't for you. But at least you didn't bash it too. I dont like chocolatenice cream, but I'm ot gonna say to someone dont eat it because i dont. Or hate on them because tbey like it. That bow you Apple fans are.

34. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Cool story bruh

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Well you know that Tim Cooks pays more attention to usage. That basically tells him that people still use there tablets, they just don't upgrade them like phones.

8. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I was just about to say, the problem for Apple is the air 2. I cant believe this thing honestly runs just as good, if not faster than when i bought it. I want the new pro but I'm not sure the difference is worth the money.

30. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I'm pretty sure most tablet sold in Samsung and Huawei are Microsoft. Android tablets are garbage anyway

2. surethom

Posts: 1691; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Why do tech sites just not get it phones usually get replaces every 2or 3 years tablets last 3,4 or 5 years so sales will always be low ish. I'm waiting for Lenovo tab 4 Plus but every tablet maker apart from Apple take forever to launch there tablet after announcement its been 7 months now for Lenovo & huawei.

18. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I am waiting for lenovo too. I would have bought mi pad 3 on ebay if xiaomi had not excluded it from receiving MIUI 9. I have used mi pad 1 and mi pad 2. It was a great experience.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keeping my iPad Pro for a couple more years. It's now my favorite Apple product, lovin it.

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Nice try with that low key way of dissing the iPhone!

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not low-key. If I have a diss, I'll say it loud and clear. Everyone here knows my gripe with the iPhone, and it's exactly what makes me now favor the iPad fool. I keeps it 100. Apple needs to unleash the iPhones software, and take advantage of the powerful chipset, cause iOS on the iPhone is a little boring. That's that, and that's all. Now low-key that fool.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Damn, I thought you were Mxymite for a second there, because you showed him no mercy.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't know who the hell he thinks I am man. To hell with all this low-key crap, just say it. I'm gonna be brutally honest, like always. I'm an iPhone fan, not a fanboy, they just don't get that. I only criticize what I buy, and what I buy, I'm allowed to criticize. Its so simple lol. Notice I'm never on LG, BB, or say Windows Phone articles bashing them, like batty, and the flock does?

44. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

If you're "brutally honest" then stop lying and acknowledge that the S8 has lag issues.

43. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Or you're just obsessed?

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Once you have a good tablet or tablets, you dont need to keep buying. One tablet is good for at least 3 years before you need another. I had the original, 2nd and 3rd gen iPad. After the 3 I waited and didnt buy again until the Air. I waited and didnt get another until the first Pro. Now I have no plans to buy another until this one dies or the apps I use require a version of iOS my tablet cant get. I have a Surface Pro 4. I won't need one until it does. Microsoft says it will no the releasing a new version of Windows and that Windows 10 is the last and it would receive needed updates to make it support hardware. So I am not looking at a new Surface until the one I have completely dies and even then, I will just replace the battery and keep it, unless it breaks Seeing that the iPad has remained and will remain unchanged and the apps for it have not grown to any substantial benefit, there is just no need for a new tablet unless there is something physically wrong with the one you have. I rarely take mind outdoors so I have nearly zero risk of damage or theft. Now that smartphones have basically peaked, after this year I will move to a 2 year upgrade schedule or maybe even 3. Applications and hardware is always improving, but none have exceed what is available enough to just buy just because it exists. One thing that will help the iPad get some new life would be to bring mouse support and also make one with Intel chips and running OSX. Until then its a dying breed.

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Too bad the Surface is built in a way the screen is very easy to break while replacing the battery, doesn't open up as easily as most tablets and phones. I have a SP3 so I'm not a Surface hater.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I disagree. It's an edge to edge glass just like the iPad. If you drop either they could break. How about you dont drop them. I dont take my Surface wirhout a bag. IPad has a good case on it. The glass is easy to replace on both ones it broke. You can just peel it off clean the glue off, remove broken glass and add new adhesive and put it back in place. It's 45 mins of work. I can replace any iPad glass or diaplay in 30 mins. I've done so many. I have done a Surface yet, but I have done the Note 10.1 and 12.2 and its also easy.

9. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I'll buy an iPad if there is mouse support and standard USB. No proprietary, I can take out my flash drive and able to plug in my Android phone, Window laptop and iPad. Otherwise meh. Today technology grow so fast that any mid range Android tablet is very good and more productive.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Android tablet is very good and more productive. Lol, Android tablets are literally worthless. Apps are just blown up phone apps, performance is always suspect, and for the amount of money you pay an older gen iPad would definitely be better. How anyone can argue Android on tablets being good is beyond me.

14. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Your iPad is worthless to me and your point? Why spend $600 dollars for a Hulu watching tablet, an $250 Android can do it just fine.

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