Apple ahead of the rest
In terms of tablet devices, Apple currently holds an 85% share of the market.
This is good news for the developers, showing that they are dominating the OS market sector across the globe. The data comes from Pingdom, where data was used from Statcounter to analyze tablets worldwide depending on web usage. The statistics show very weak competition when it comes to tablet devices where in Europe iPad accounts for 88.3% in tablet OS market share across the world, in Oceania 92.8%, in North America 87.5%, in Asia 78.6%, in Africa 78.1% and in South America 77.4%.
This is bad news for Android developers, even though the popularity of Android devices has grown considerably recently. Android currently sits at about 13% while the remaining 1.3% is made up of Blackberry’s PlayBook and other devices on the market.
The great thing though is that technology is constantly changing, which means that the tablet sector will certainly become robustly competitive soon. Microsoft will be launching their Microsoft Surface soon, which is certain to steal a few sales from Apple devices. The sleek tablet from Microsoft will feature Windows 8 apps, a Window Store with some of the latest music, movies and games, an Office feature and a sexy touch screen. The developer giant announced only this week that it will be releasing the tablet-laptop hybrid device on 26 October, along with the launch of their Windows 8 operating system.
Samsung will also be in the running soon when it comes to web usage from tablet devices, with the release of the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Apart from the slim and light design, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser, it includes a 1280-by-800 high resolution display that is scratch resistant, design features that cater specifically for gaming, Google Play, eBooks, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube.
With iPad’s global market share at 85.7%, Android and Microsoft still have quite a lot to catch up on. Apple reportedly sold 17 million iPads in the second quarter of 2012. Android are showing that they may well be stiff competition soon though, with its market share growing by 2.1% from November 2011, where Apple’s dropped by 2.2%. The tablet sector is certainly the place to keep an eye on over the next few months.