Report: Android and Windows slates to help the overall tablet market rise in 2015

Report: Android and Windows slates to help the overall tablet market rise in 2015
Research firm IDC is forecasting an increase in tablet shipments for 2015, to 234.5 million units. Last year, 229.7 million slates shipped globally. While the tablet market overall has been negatively impacted by the rising popularity of large-screened phablets, IDC sees increased shipments of both Windows and Android powered tablets this year, more than making up for a forecast decline in 2015 Apple iPad shipments.

IDC says that 158.1 million Android tablets will ship in 2015, up from the 154.7 million that was in transit last year. That would work out to a 2.2% increase for the year and would take Android's share of the global tablet market from 67.3% to 67.4%. Windows flavored tablets are forecast to show an increase in shipments to 16.3 million from the 11.6 million that shipped in 2014.

Meanwhile, the number of Apple iPads forecast to ship this year will be 60.1 million according to the researcher. In 2014, Apple sent out 63.4 million tablets. The decline can be blamed on the larger screened iPhone models, especially the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's smallest tablet is the 7.9-inch Apple iPad mini.

Looking far into the future, IDC expects Microsoft to ship 38 million tablets by 2019. That would give the software giant 14.1% of the tablet market, double the 7% share forecast to be owned by Microsoft this year. Last year, Windows was responsible for 5.1% of the global tablet market. In 2019, the iPad should ship 61.9 million units, good enough for a 23% slice of the global tablet pie. Android's tablet shipments in 2019 are predicted to tally 169.5 million slates, which would translate into 62.9% of the market. That year, a total of 269.4 million units are forecast to be shipped globally.

via: AppleInsider

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16 Comments

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

W10 will change everything! Also Surface Pro 3 is the best and fastest tablet out there!

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Uh-huh. Add that to the list: Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8...

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yeah, a 1900$ tablet which is available at, like selective places on the earth and is 12 inches big.

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Don't blow it up, You can get the Surface Pro 3 from 400/500 euro's! It depends on the configuration! And yes it kills all other tablets, Just check the benchmarks!

25. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's a huge 12 inch tablet with cooling and an Intel processor. I won't compare it with smaller, normal tablets.

26. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Smaller normal tablets? Is there a definition between normal and not normal tablets? Newflash 10" or 12" both are tablets! You just made yourself ridiculous!

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

There are 20 inch ones too. One can easily make a 30 inch super tablet with an i7 extreme edition. That doesn't make it the best tablet. You should bout compare a small tablet ( 7-8 inch), a normal one (10 inch) and a big one ( 12+). All have their different markets and comparing them just make you look like a stupid.

8. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

And hob goblins are real, too!

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Do you mean: the best ultrabook replacement? The thing is so heavy and so big that it will hardly replace any tablet, more likely laptops and ultrabooks.

7. seven7dust unregistered

Apple should have released iPad pro with USB type c , Designed Pro apps like Logic and Final cut , with a built in kickstand , floating multi-task icons {see jailbreak apps which apple usually gets inspiration ala like control center} Work with pro companies like Adobe and AVID with pen input, and heck even work with MS Office Mac developers to get more out Outlook and Office Apps for iPad enterprise users Instead they are falling behind trying to sell the same tablet with slightly better hardware ,there's only so much a touch O.S can do. Spec bumps aren't very attractive anymore.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2272; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good points!!!!

18. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yeah Apple will release an iPad with usb and they will call it iPad pro.......haha epic fail! Apple way begin the market and they will go down eventually!

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2272; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

iPad Pro can go thinner than the New Macbook. I have a feeling that Apple is going to incorporate the USB-C connector on the iPad Pro. Also iPad Pro will replace the Macbook Air. Why didn't the Macbook Air only get a refresh. Interesting... Apple is better off discontinuing the Macbook Air as its high build cost makes it a short term solution. Now enter iPad Pro. BOM with keyboard should be less than $450. While the Macbook Air is roughly $718. If they priced iPad Pro with keyboard for $999 it would sell like hotcakes. Touchscreen MacOSX would take away Windows Pro market

14. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Damn .., most of you are smoking some serious sh*t...

16. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I know right, they just don't have a true grip on reality at this point. They need to take the fanboy goggles off. I don't even argue anymore, their brains, for the most part are mostly fried from the obsession they have

19. Cyberchum

Posts: 1101; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'll take a Windows tablet any day over an android (I have the LG Tab book). Android phablets on the other hand are light years ahead of competitions.

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