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HP, Samsung, and Acer fight for second place, although HP is dropping out of the race, shortly

It's no secret that the modern minimalist tablet market has been the hottest new thing in the electronics industry for the past couple of years.  After Apple, Inc.'s (AAPLoriginal iPad showed the world what a well-packaged modern tablet could do, the public began to finally warm to the decades old device, which had been prettied up with the latest state-of-the-art multi-touch UI and app store technologies.  
 
Now with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android alliance heating up it's a great time for the market, and a bad time for the old-fashioned PC who is seeing usage cannibalization coupled with slowing sales.

FutureSource Consulting, a market research group, reports that 15.5 million tablets sold in Q3 2011, up almost four-fold from Q3 2010's 4.5 million mark.  U.S. consumers were the biggest purchasers of tablets for Q3 2011, by far, accounting for 7.1 million units (appr.) and 46 percent of global sales.  But the European market is growing faster, with 4.2 million units sold (~27% of the market).  The remaining quarter of the market belonged to the Asian markets and various developing regions.  Tablets have yet to catch on in a big way in China -- currently the world's largest smartphone market.

In the U.S. Apple reigned supreme with 70 percent of shipments.  The rest of the market was largely divided between Android designs -- mostly from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.() (makers of the Galaxy series of tablets/smartphones) and Acer, Inc. (TPE:2353makers of the Iconia -- and  the webOS's final clearance hurrah, courtesy of Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ).  Earlier reports indicated that HP might have been second in sales, for the quarter, with Samsung in third place.

Where things should get interesting is in Q4 2011, which includes the holiday season.  WebOS will of course vanish, as it's all clearanced out.  That -- combined with recent lifting of Apple-imposed import bans in Germany and Australia -- should bump Samsung up to second place, potentially adding to its strong smartphone sales performance.  But Amazon, Inc. (AMZN) could possibly have stolen second place from Samsung or at least have been a close third, thanks to its hot budget-friendly Android Kindle Fire.

Source: FutureSource [via WidePR]



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RE: Samsung won't get 2nd place
By spread on 1/8/2012 10:30:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
upgraders


Upgrading is when you upgrade internal parts. Buying a device and throwing it out to buy a new one is not an upgrade. It's consumption.


RE: Samsung won't get 2nd place
By messele on 1/9/2012 2:35:52 AM , Rating: 2
Upgrading is when you replace something with something better. What word would you when you replace your car with one that is better or do you just swap the internals?

Consumption is something that ignorant Americans do when they use several times their fair share of the world's resources as they throw out perfectly functional equipment that could be donated to somebody less fortunate than themselves (you don't have to look far, your own country is crawling with them).

But yes, resale value in anything is desirable...for...you...MAY...want...to...resell... it.


"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)














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