International Data Corporation (IDC) – the crystal ball gazers who seem to have a hell of a lot of faith in Windows Phone 7 – have published some new tablet-related predictions.
iPad domination, blah blah blah… but the most interesting part – I thought, anyway – is that IDC will probably class Amazon’s tablet entry as an eReader.
“We're expecting Amazon's much-rumored, color LCD-based device to ship later this year,” said IDC’s Tom Mainelli, research director.
“Because we expect it to run a customised version of Android that ties its use to Amazon's content services, we expect the device to more closely resemble Barnes & Noble's Colour Nook than Apple's iPad 2. As a result, our current plan is to count it as an eReader.”
Going back to the stat-based stuff, IDC notes that Apple currently holds a 68.3% share of the tablet pie, but that’ll probably be more like 50% by the end of 2011. Yaaaaaaawn.
“Apple's iOS share will continue to lead by more than 40 percentage points over Google's Android for the remainder of the year, but we expect Apple's share to fall closer to 50 per cent by the end of the forecast period,” sang IDC analyst Jennifer Song.