iPad is dominating the tablet market right now. Much of that market
domination is thanks to the fact that there are few tablets on the
market for consumers to choose from. The number of tablet options for
users will change drastically moving into 2011 when a tablet-specific
version of Android hits the market.Research firm IMS Research
forecasts Android tablets will start to eat away at the share of the
market held by the iPad. The research firm says Android will eat away
at the iPad's market much as Android smartphones have battered the
iPhone.According to IMS Research, Google tablets will hold
15% of the global tablet market in 2011. The research firm
believes that by this time next year, the iPad could still hold as
much as 75% of the tablet market or more. However, by 2015 Android
tablets are predicted to have 28% of the market with as many as 15
different hardware brands fielding Android tablets including industry
heavyweights Samsung, Dell, and Motorola.The company taking
the biggest leap into the Android tablet market right now is Samsung.
The company has already launched
the Galaxy Tab and it expects to sell millions of units
during the first months of availability with 4.19 million expected to
sell in Q4 2010."The availability of Samsung's Galaxy
Tab tablet via mobile carriers such as AT&T in the US will
quickly boost Google Android's presence in the tablet market,"
said IMS Research analyst Anna Hunt.
quote: A large number of the people who might be interested in tablets have already purchased iPads. Android will do well in this space, but it might be a little soon to cut too much into Apple's market just yet.