Androd tablets continue to grow in popularity with record-setting sales this quarter. Android devices accounted for 41 percent of global sales for tablets, while the iPad slipped to a 57 percent share of the market.
Are these numbers significant? Well, consider this. Last year at the same time, Android only accounted for 29 percent of total tablet sales. A 12% difference in the global market represents a lot of tablets. 5 million Android tablets shipped in Q3 of 2011, and 10.2 million Android tablets shipped this quarter.
Peter King, the Director at Strategy Analytics, had this to say about Q3 sales,
Apple shipped a disappointing 14.0 million iPads worldwide and captured 57 percent share in the third quarter of 2012, dipping from 64 percent a year ago. Apple's slowdown allowed the Android community to make gains and Android's global share of the tablet market now stands at a record 41 percent.
While no single manufacturer rivals Apple in terms of tablet sales, the combined efforts of several companies are helping the Android platform to gain a strong hold in the market.
Overall, tablet sales showed a slower growth pattern this quarter since tablets launched onto the scene in 2010, but analysts pointed out that customers were likely waiting on the slew of new devices launching in time for the 2012 holiday season. The iPad Mini and the Windows Surface promise to offer new competition to Android over the coming months.