IDC: Android Tablets Need 3 More Years To Catch Up With iPad

Android tablets, expensive and cheap, are available left and right, but despite their high number coming from many vendors, it will only be in 2015 when they will likely catch up with Apple’s iPad, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

Judging from the way the pre-orders of the latest iPad were gobbled up by eager consumers, it’s safe to say that it remains the king in the tablet world, at least for now.

Tom Mainelli, a research director at IDC, noted that, “As the sole vendor shipping iOS products, Apple will remain dominant in terms of worldwide vendor unit shipments. However, the sheer number of vendors shipping low-priced, Android-based tablets means that Google’s OS will overtake Apple’s in terms of worldwide market share by 2015. We expect iOS to remain the revenue market share leader through the end of our 2016 forecast period and beyond.”

While Android tablets appear to have the upperhand in terms of specs, the iPad has remained popular with its wide range of apps and it will definitely take a lot of effort for other manufacturers to topple it, at least for the next couple of years.

Via: Maximum PC


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  • skjult kamera

    Yeahh .!!! Its true that ipad has become very much popular with its wide range of applications but on the other hand android is also getting popular day by day so it may be possible for android tablet to topple  Apple’s ipad.

  • Anthony

    I actually think it’s unlikely Android will be able to catch up now. When the iPad 2 was announced every Fandroid was saying that the Xoom and other Android tablets would overtake the iPad by the end of last year, then the end of this year, then 2013, etc etc. You see they keep pushing the date back further and further. Apple will sell up to 80 million iPads this year alone!

    When people calculate this tablet race they don’t consider Microsoft a threat. I think Windows 8 with it’s Metro UI might be able to compete. People are very familiar with Windows and the way it works. They know the name because it’s on every real computer. Android is just the poor-man’s Windows. I don’t think Microsoft will overtake iOS either but they’ll put up more than a fight than people realize.

    Another thing is app selection. Microsoft NEEDS exclusive apps… they should use their gaming division to make exclusive games on their tablets. Halo, Gears of War, etc etc. They really need to push for that. Right now the iPad easily has the BEST apps, especially for games. Sky Gamblers, Infinity Blade, Real Racing 2, Monkey Island, GarageBand, Final Fantasy 3, Need for Speed, and hundreds others. That’s whats wrong with Android… it doesn’t have any exclusive apps. There’s never been a time that Android has gotten a game/app that isn’t on iOS …but it’s often when iOS gets a game that isn’t on Android.