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Android tablets nab 39 percent of global market share

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday January 26, 2012.

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Global Tablet Shipments Q4 2011
Global Tablet Shipments Q4 2011

A new report from Strategy Analytics claims that Android tablets garnered a record 39 percent of the global tablet market in Q4 2011, a 150 percent increase from the previous year.

Total global tablet shipments in Q4 are said to be 26.8 million units, with Apple's iPad claiming 15.4 million of those, or 58 percent of the market. Total Android tablet shipments were 10.5 million for the quarter, which was likely boosted by low-cost newcomers like Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.

For the year, tablet shipments totaled 66.9 million, a 260 percent increased from the 18.6 million shipped in 2010. Apple took the lion's share of those as well. Microsoft has yet to become a player in the tablet market, claiming only 1 percent of global shipments. Strategy Analytics says that the upcoming release of Windows 8, which is designed for both desktop and tablet applications, can't come soon enough for Microsoft.

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