IDC: Android tablets to finally get on top of the iPad in 2013

IDC: Android tablets to finally get on top of the iPad in 2013It was always going to happen sooner or later, but 2013 will be the year, it seems, that the massed armies of Android tablets will finally surpass the market share held by the dominant Apple iPad.

That's an impressive achievement, but you'd have to say it's the iPad that's done the impressing considering it's continued to hold sway through four generations and near-endless attempts at competition from its rivals.

IDC is predicting Android tablets will have accounted for 48.8% of tablets sold in 2013 once the numbers are added up at the end of year. That will narrowly eclipse the 46% it says the iPad and iPad mini will contribute.

That's compared to Apple's 51% to Android's 41.5% in the previous projection, which IDC says is mainly down to the impact of successful lower-cost Android tablets like the latest Nexus pair and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

In fact, the rise of cheaper slates, and specifically those with sub-8in screen sizes, has led IDC to up the number of tablets it thinks will be sold in total through the year from 172m to 190m.

You'll notice that doesn't leave a lot of room left for Windows 8, and the prediction is that Windows tablets will account for just 1% of the market in 2013. Not to worry, though, by 2017 that's expected to grow to a massive 7.4%.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2013 at 11:25

IDC: Android tablets to finally get on top of the iPad in 2013 ...and after just 978 flops. Excellent. :p
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shuwaz  Mar. 13, 2013 at 18:30

IDC: Android tablets to finally get on top of the iPad in 2013 ...and after just 978 flops. Excellent. :p
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Jan, you sound like an Apple Fanboy? :p

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