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.