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History repeats itself: Android tablet shipments blow past iPad

Android Tablet Market Share

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.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.