The Android tablet market will soar to 15 percent share in 2011, riding the coattails of Apple's iPad. RIM and HP tablets will garner some 8 percent of units, IMS said.
Tablet computers based on Google's Android operating system will make up 15
percent of the worldwide market in 2011, nibbling at Apple's iPad share similar
to the way Android smartphones gained on Apple's popular iPhone.
That's the prediction from IMS Research, which also expects Android tablets
to command 28 percent of tablet share by 2015. Some 15 hardware makers will
sell Android tablets, including Samsung, Dell, Motorola and Cisco.
Samsung has made the biggest bet on Android tablets to date. The company
launched its Galaxy Tab on T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in the United
States, with a launch
on AT&T set for Nov. 21.
to sell 1 million tablets in the 2010 holiday season
"The availability of Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet via mobile carriers
such as AT&T in the U.S.
will quickly boost Google Android's presence in the tablet market," said
IMS Research analyst Anna Hunt.
While Hunt did not address this specifically, Android will owe its rise to
the iPad, which may command as much as 75 percent of the market or more by this
time next year.
That tablet's popularity soared soon after it launched in April, selling
millions of units within the first few months-4.19 million in the fourth quarter alone
IMS' findings take on a more poignant appeal in the wake of the just-wrapped
Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.
At the show, moderators asked industry luminaries such as media mogul Peter
Chernin, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Federal
Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski what they thought of the
battle between Google and Apple for the mobile Web.
the new "apps economy" has created
hundreds of thousands of jobs for software developers. That's particularly true
for Apple's iOS platform, which has more than 300,000 apps for the iPhone, iPod
Touch and iPad.