Figures from Strategy Analytics show that almost 10 million tablet devices were shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2010. Three-quarters of these were Apple devices, although Android captured 22% of the global market.
Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said “Global tablet shipments grew 120% sequentially to reach 9.7 million units in Q4 2010. Apple maintained first position. Apple recorded an impressive 75% global marketshare during the fourth quarter, but it has slipped from a peak of 95% in Q3 2010 due to rising competition from Android.”
Strategy Analytics says the Samsung Galaxy Tab was the main driver of Android’s success – and it expects Android to continue increasing its share of the market in the first half of 2011.
Global Tablet OS Shipments (millions of units / market share)