January 31, 2011 | by Michael Heller
It seems that the iPad’s hold on the tablet market may not be as strong as many analysts would have you believe. While the iPad does still hold a large portion of the market, its share is slipping to Android even before the massive influx of Honeycomb tablets. Overall in 2010, the iPad had 84.1% of the worldwide tablet market and Android had 13.1%, but that is only part of the story.
In the third quarter of 2010, the iPad held 95.5% of the market, and Android had a mere 2.3%. The fourth quarter tells the tale though. In it, the iPad slipped to 75.3% market share and Android jumped to 21.6%.
Granted, the iPad will likely jump again with the release of the iPad 2, which is undoubtedly coming soon. This is still quite impressive for Android, especially considering that the only major Android tablet releases were the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak. The myriad smaller tablet releases like the Viewsonic G and random Wal-mart tabs may have boosted the numbers a bit, but the true age of the Android tablet is still at least a couple weeks away.
I can’t wait to see the numbers once the Motorola Xoom and LG G-Slate hit the market.