Apple has 95% of tablet market in 3rd Quarter 2010

Devices like Samsung's Galaxy Tab are set to grow the tablet market in Q4

Global tablet shipments reached over 4 million units in the third quarter of 2010, with Apple unsurprisingly being the market leader.

The latest research from Strategy Analytics, shows Apple took 95% of the global share of the tablet market beating Android into second place with just 2% of the market. However that’s due to rise significantly with the just released Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global tablet shipments grew 26 percent sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010. Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place.”

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “The tablet wars are up and running. Apple has quickly leveraged its famous brand, an extensive retail presence and user-friendly design to develop the tablet segment into a multi-billion-dollar global business. Android, Microsoft, MeeGo, webOS, Blackberry and other platforms are trailing in Apple’s wake and they already have much ground to make up.”

The United States was by far the world’s largest tablet market during the quarter, but demand is also emerging in Western Europe and Asia.

Global Tablet OS Shipments (Millions of Units) Q2 ’10 Q3 ’10
Apple iOS 3.3 4.2
Android 0.1 0.1
Others 0.1 0.1
Total 3.5 4.4
Global Tablet OS Market Share % Q2 ’10 Q3 ’10
Apple iOS 94.3% 95.5%
Android 2.9% 2.3%
Others 2.9% 2.3%
Total 100.0% 100.0%

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