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The report predicts that Android-powered tablets will make up approximately 50 percent of the tablet market in 2014-2015 while iPads will only make up about 30 percent

There’s no question that tablets have hit the mobile market in a big way. In Q2 2011, tablet shipments outpaced netbook shipments, and now, some studies suggest that iPads will surpass the use of desktop computers in K-12 schools by 2016.
A famous player in the tablet arena is the iPad. It was initially released in April 2010, with the iPad 2 following in March 2011. While many other competitors have hit the mobile scene, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook, and the HP TouchPad, none of these have been able to match the iPad’s popularity and dominant market share.
In fact, a report released by ABI Research, a marketing research firm based in New York, said that Apple’s iPad 2 accounted for 68 percent of tablet shipments in Q2 2011. Another study conducted by comScore showed that 97.2 percent of U.S. tablet traffic in August 2011 was attributed to both iPads.
Now, new reports are saying that Android tablets will take over in 2014.
The report, which was released by technology analyst firm J. Gold Associates, predicts that Android-powered tablets will make up approximately 50 percent of the tablet market in 2014-2015 while iPads will only make up about 30 percent. Tablets with the Window’s operating system will account for 10 percent.
“By 2014-15, we expect Android tablets to acquire a majority of the consumer market as the number of vendors and variety of models overwhelm the iPad,” said Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates. “But iPad will continue to hold the largest share of the enterprise market where specialized features built into some Android tablets will be valued but which will take longer to gain share.”
According to the report, iPad will have 40 percent of the business market where Android will have 30 percent and Windows will have 15 percent.
With so much hype over Apple's products, it's kind of a breath of fresh air that other tablets could eventually move in for some heated competition. On the other hand, this report doesn't surprise me much, since Android is already beating Apple in the smartphone market share realm.

I have to admit that I'm leaning more toward Android's corner because of Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire tablet, which will run its own version of the Android operating system. Sure, the Kindle Fire lacks 3G access, a microphone and a camera, but for $199 and a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime (which is $79 per year), I can finally justify buying a tablet. Dropping $400-$500 beforehand when I have two desktops, two laptops and a smartphone just didn't make financial sense at the time. The addition of Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has especially piqued my interest in the tablet, and Amazon Prime for $79 a year is definitely a strong consideration when I buy the Fire. So I guess I’m more into Amazon's tablet, and find it interesting that Android-powered tabs could give the iPad a run for its money in the coming years.

Source: Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

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Price War
By rzrshrp on 11/4/2011 9:41:39 AM , Rating: 2
The android tablets will gain real market share when they can start seriously undercutting Apple prices. They haven't managed to do that very well yet. The Androids are good but the iPads are also good, have better mainstream name recognition and are near the same price.

The Kindle fire is a good start but it's not what I think of as a full-featured tablet. I'd pay more money for the things that I'd want out of my tablet.

RE: Price War
By Gungel on 11/4/11, Rating: 0
RE: Price War
By retrospooty on 11/4/2011 10:12:39 AM , Rating: 2
"One of the biggest problems with Android is its fragmentation"

Its an asset to the platform. Many vendors, many makes and models. You can get small, medium, large, cheap stripped down, expensive large and full featured, or anywhere in the middle instead of Apple's "one size fits all" approach. Check PC vs. Mac in the 1990's for reference.

RE: Price War
By Gungel on 11/4/2011 10:18:34 AM , Rating: 2
I agree to a certain degree, but it has its disadvantage. See this story:

RE: Price War
By retrospooty on 11/4/2011 3:22:49 PM , Rating: 2
Sure, there are ups and downs to either method, but the cheaper open platform always wins in the end unless the closed/expensive platform is significantly better. Mac was not, IOS is not.

RE: Price War
By cserwin on 11/4/2011 10:03:18 AM , Rating: 2

Amazon makes Kindle apps for iOS ans Android, and anybody with a web browser can get prime.

The one app Amazon hasn't released is player for their streaming services. Not sure that platform-specific streaming services are a successful business model for long term growth, for either Amazon or Apple.

My bet is the Fire is a 'starter' tablet. Root it and install stock android, or disable online purchases and give it to the kids in 6 months.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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