The popularity of the Apple iPad and iPad Mini has made iOS the dominant tablet operating system in terms of shipments and market share. Yet the lead iOS has on Android fell thanks to a surge in activity among Android manufacturers.
Strategy Analytics has issued a report saying that 17.6 million Android tablets were shipped in the first quarter of 2013; that’s up from the 6.4 million reported during the same period last year. Android achieved a 43.4 percent market share, up from 34.2 percent. Though actual sales figures for Android tablets are not available, the estimated number of shipments shows there’s a large increase in tablet development.
Apple likely remains the leading manufacturer in terms of sales, but the gap in market share is not as wide as it was last year. While Apple previously controlled 63.1 percent of the tablet market, it has fallen to 48.2 percent on 19.5 million shipments.
Overall, the tablet market grew 117 percent last year, rising from 18.7 million shipments to 40.6. Growth among Android tablets was even higher at 175 percent.