Apple led the tablet market in Q4

IDC has published its numbers for tablet sales in Q4 2013. The numbers show that the tablet market grew with 76.9 million units shipped. The number of tablets shipped represents a growth rate of 62.4% compared to the previous quarter.
The numbers also showed a 28.2% growth rate compared to Q4 2012. The slowing year-over-year growth rate is a clear sign that the tablet market is slowing according to IDC. The year over year growth rate for Q4 in 2012 compared to 2011 was 87.1%.
"It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the U.S. are reaching high levels of consumer saturation and while emerging markets continue to show strong growth this has not been enough to sustain the dramatic worldwide growth rates of years past," said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets, at IDC.

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The numbers show that for the full calendar year of 2013, 217.1 million tablets were shipped, up from the 144.2 million tablets shipped in all of 2012. Apple led the tablet market for the year, shipping 26 million tablets during the quarter. That is a significant increase compared to the 14.1 million tablets it shipped in the previous quarter. The second place company in the tablet market went to Samsung with 14.5 million units shipped.
Amazon had the third place spot, shipping 5.8 million tablets. ASUS was fourth with 3.9 million tablets shipped followed by Lenovo with 3.4 million units shipped.

Source: IDC

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