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History repeats itself: Android tablet shipments blow past iPad

Published Jul 29th, 2013 11:55AM EDT
Android Tablet Market Share

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Whether or not people are really using Android tablets, it has become clear that Android tablet shipments are absolutely exploding as Apple’s overall iPad shipments decline. The latest numbers from Strategy Analytics show that Android tablet shipments absolutely crushed iPad shipments in the second quarter of 2013, as the 34.6 million Android tablets shipped on the quarter more than doubled the 14.6 million tablets that Apple sold. Again, however, Strategy Analytics is comparing Android vendors’ channel sales to Apple’s end-user sales. Overall, Android tablets were said to account for 67% of all tablets shipped in Q2 while the iPad accounted for just 28.3%. Just one year earlier, Android tablets accounted for 51.4% of all tablets shipped while the iPad held a 47.2% share. Strategy Analytics says that cheaper tablets from Google, Amazon, Samsung and white box vendors have all been surging lately while Apple has struggled to make a low-cost tablet capable of competing in high-growth emerging markets.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.