One in five new tablets sold is an Android device

Android is making huge inroads into the Apple iPad tablet heartland with one in five new tablets running Android.

The latest research from market research company Strategy Analytics, finds Android making big gains in the tablet market. According to the research during Q4 2010, 22% of the 10 million tablet devices that where shipped ran on Android.

Overall the market grew in Q4 by 120% with Apple maintaining lead position with 75% of global market share. However While Apple is still the dominant maker of tablets, their market share has slipped from 95% during Q3 2010, in part due to the rising competition in the market.

Neil Mawston, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, “Android tablet volumes experienced 2000% sequential growth and its global marketshare soared to a record 22% in Q4 2010.”

“The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the main driver of Android’s success, as the model was launched in dozens of countries and promoted heavily by Samsung. Tablet makers like Android because of its perceived low cost and an accompanying range of compelling media services such as YouTube and Google Maps,” he continued.

Strategy Analytics expect Android to continue to increase its market share during the first half of 2011, grown by the release of several new models and the release of Google’s Tablet OS Android 3.0, aka Honeycomb.

Do you intend on buying an Android Tablet? Or are you going to wait for the iPad 2 before making a decision?

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