According to a latest report by Strategy Analytics (via MacRumors), global tablet shipments reached 27 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 with iPad accounting for 58% of them further confirming that Apple continues to hold a majority of the market. At the same time, Android continues to grow with Amazon’s Kindle Fire capturing 39% share of global tablet shipments. Android’s other gains appear to have come at the expense of Microsoft and RIM, which registered only 4.6% and 3.3% respectively during the second quarter.
Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said:
“Global tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 26.8 million units in Q4 2011, surging 150 percent from 10.7 million in Q4 2010. Demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users remains strong. Apple shipped a robust 15.4 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 58 percent share during the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter.”
The report also claims that total worldwide tablet shipments hit 66.9 million units during 2011, surging 260% from 18.6 million in 2010.
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