Apple’s iPad has been dominating the tablet market for quite some time, now some new figures have been released which suggest that Google’s Android platform is becoming more popular amongst tablet owners.
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, in the last quarter of 2011 Android’s share of the tablet market rose to 38 percent, whilst Apple’s dropped to 58 percent, down from 68 percent for the same period in 2010.
“Apple shipped a robust 15.4 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 58 percent share during the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter.”
These figures also include that of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, which also runs a version of Google’s Android OS, and the device has been reported to be a strong seller over the holiday period of 2011.
It will be interesting to see where things are in another 12 months, with apple reported to be releasing a new iPad 3 in the next couple of months, we suspect Android manufacturers have some serious work to do if they want to make a dent in Apple’s dominance of the tablet market.