ipad and samsung

According to analysts at Piper Jaffray, Android's share of the tablet market will grow to 39% by 2012, trailing Apple's 44% market share.

Apple's sole tablet offering, the iPad, has dominated the market for much of 2010, comprising 95% of all tablet sales in Q3 of 2010. Currently, the strongest competitor to Apple's iPad is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, running Android 2.2. Since, its launch in early November it has sold 1 million units and is projected to sell 1.5 million units by the end of 2010. Android tablets on the market today include the Dell Streak (half phone/half tablet), the ViewSonic ViewPad 10, the Archos 101 Internet Tablet, the eLocity A7, and others.

ipad and samsung

iSuppli predicts that Apple will sell a total of 63.3 million iPads in 2012. In contrast, the analysts at Piper Jaffray puts the total number of tablets sold in 2012 at 70.8 million, with Google and Apple having 39% and 44% of the market share, respectively. Whichever figure is to be believed, the success of the Samsung Galaxy Tab demonstrates that there is a market for Android tablet users, and with a number of new Android tablets set to enter the market early next year, it is likely that Android's market share in this demographic will increase dramatically in the next few months. Let's also not forget that Android is not yet optimized for the tablet form-factor, and the introduction of Honeycomb next year can really kick things up into high gear.

I should point out that Piper Jaffray does not have the best track record, so all their "predictions" are to be taken with a large grain of salt. It is also quite impossible to say just how much the tablet market will change in the course of 2 years, as technology evolves at mind-boggling levels in this fast-paced sector.

Source: eWeek

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • mike i

    I am liking my wife's Archos 70. I played around with a little bit while I was setting it up (it is a Christmas present and I was loading market, and some apps). lightweight and easy to use one handed. if you don't need 3G I would say it is a solid choice for an android tablet.

    • steve

      Got my Archos 70 last Thursday and just LOVE IT! Thinnest and lightest tablet on the market. And they didn't forget the kickstand either. Also, during the last few days they updated the firmware again showing that they are hard at work to make this beauty even better. Very impressed with Archos on this first version tablet...

  • SiliconAddict

    Meh. Analysts and their use of the PIDOOMA model again.

    A forecast that far out is about as accurate as guessing the weather that far out as well.

    Don't get me wrong. I want Apple's *** to be handed to them. But there is no way to tell this far out.