Tablets have become a commodity that most of us are ready to indulge without giving it a second thought. So, itâ€™s no wonder that new figures assessing the global tablet market in the Q4 of 2012 showed that 52.5 million customers worldwide purchased such a gadget.
And if youâ€™re wondering who was crowned once again, king of all tablets, you probably wonâ€™t be surprised to hear that Appleâ€™s extremely popular iPad took the number one spot with a 43.6% market share. The success has been attributed to the launch of the iPad mini a couple of months ago, alongside an improved version of the full-fledged iPad. However, compared to its performance in the previous quarter, numbers slipped a little bit, but weâ€™re pretty sure this doesnâ€™t constitute a source of worry.
Following at numbers 2 and 3 where of course well known tablet vendors â€“ Samsung and Amazon, grabbing 15.1% and 11.5% market share respectively. Even if Appleâ€™s share slipped a little in this quarter, we can still see that Cupertino is not ready to give up the dominance it holds over the tablet market, as Samsungâ€™s and Amazonâ€™s share combined are still no match for Appleâ€™s.
The report comes to us, courtesy of IDC and reveals that compared to the last quarter, the global tablet market managed to increase with 74.3%. Compared to the last quarter of 2011, the market also experienced an exponential increase by adding 75.3% extra shipments to the total number.
Other companies making it to the top 5 tablet retailers were Asus (mostly thanks to Googleâ€™s Nexus) and Barnes & Noble.