Apple iPad Will Beat Android in Tablet Market in 2012, Analysts Say

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 12-20-2010 Print
While it will gain ground, Google's Android will still lag behind the iPad in market share in a trend mirroring the Android versus iPhone competition.

Apple's iPad will command 44 percent of the total tablet market by 2012, with tablets based on Google's Android operating system nipping at its heels with 39 percent, according to researchers at Piper Jaffray.

Apple that has the dominate position in 2010, selling 90 percent of the 14.5 million tablets shipped this year after launching its seminal product in April. Apple sold 4.2 million iPads in the fourth quarter, which closed Oct. 19.

Android 's 2010 market share will be 11 percent, Munster estimated. Worldwide sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab topped 1 million in December, though the Android 2.2-based, 7-inch screen tablet only launched from wireless carriers in the United States in mid-November.

This came as a surprise to Munster, who called the Tab "a weak offering, but finding surprising success."


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