iPad’s market share drops to 75% in Q4.
After a long period of utter dominance, Apple iPad’s throne has seen wobbling a bit. According to analytics firm Strategy Analytics, Android tablets is on an explosive rise and has already captured 22% of the market share in Q4 2010.
Apple shipped 7.3 million iPads last quarter, up from 74% from the third quarter, while only 2.1 million Android tablets were shipped. 2 million of those came from Samsung alone. Despite the large gap in number of shipped units, iPad’s market share in Q4 2010 dropped from 96% to 75%.
Samsung won’t have to spearhead the Android tablet race alone, anymore however. Over 100 tablets were shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, and about half of them will run the Android operating system. Much like the smart phone scene, manufacturers are swarming the market with Android tablets, and it won’t be soon before it over takes the leading the position, although Apple’s one device per year will give enough of a fight, that we are sure.