When it comes to tablets, the iPad has dominated the market since it first became available back in early 2010. However, Android has been making slow strides towards the top, taking bigger bites out of iPad sales every quarter, and the figures just announced by IDC speak no differently.

In the first quarter of 2011, Android accounted for 34% of global tablet sales, which is up 8.2% from the previous quarter. It's not all good, though, as the tablet market as a whole dropped by 28% during Q1. However, IDC sees this as merely a hiccup in terms of sales and expects the market to continue rising, estimating that the global tablet market will hit 53.5 million units this year.


Cameron Summerson
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  • Astria

    Analysts Say: Android Tablets To Capture 39% Market Share By 2012

    that's the first thing i see in related posts...

  • Marc

    This is actually kind of bad news, in the sense that here we see lots of android tabs selling, but seperately we see Honeycomb barely a blip on the radar.

  • L boogie

    34% now, lets see the numbers by the end of q3 which would surpass the analysts' predictions with better apps, better tablets and ice cream sandwich looming

  • Rastor

    Uh, the 34% number was in the mobile phone section of the report, not the tablet section...

    • Cameron Summerson

      The entire report was specific to tablet sales.

    • JayMonster

      No, they are talking about media tablet vendors that also sell mobile phones, no where does it transition to mobile phone sales.

  • Rastor

    Hmm, maybe I'm reading it wrong actually. It's a bit confusing.

    I think maybe they are counting the Nook Color as a tablet and that is boosting Android's share numbers.

    • JayMonster

      Nope. They consider the Nook an eReader, and the second paragraph of the IDC release they state that eReaders are counted separately.

  • http://rootandroid.net Root Android

    Apple is still dominating in the tablet world.