Analysts: Android to win 15% of tablet market
Android-based tablets will steal some sales from Apple’s iPad and hold 15.2% of the market in 2011, industry tracker IMS Research predicted.
The firm said in a report that over 15 suppliers will sell Android-based tablets by mid-2011, including Samsung, Acer, Cisco and Dell.
On the strength of those devices, IMS projected that Android will command 15.2% of the tablet market in 2011. And that will grow to 28.4% in 2015, IMS said.
Samsung has said it plans to sell one million of its Galaxy Tab tablets this year, with IMS suggesting its availability via mobile operators would help boost its sales.
Research firm iSuppli expects 15.6 million tablets to ship this year, with 13.8 million of those being iPads. Next year, 57.3 million tablets are expected to ship with the iPad making up 43.7 million of those units, iSuppli said.
The IMS Research report added that 7.8% of tablets will run on an OS other than iOS, Android or Windows, saying RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook and HP tablets with Palm’s webOS will win some market share.