According to market intelligence company IDC, tablet sales have skyrocketed over the last year. Their data states that total shipments rose almost 150% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. But you don’t read DroidDog for information about general tablets. The amazing thing about this growth is that Android tablet sales, which accounted for 39.4% of the market share last year with 8 million units shipped, now rose to 56.5% with a staggering 27.8 million units shipped. That’s a 250% growth, and more than all the other types of tablets combined.
In comparison, iOS tablets grew 65.3% year over year, with shipments of 19.5 million last quarter, accounting for 39.6% of the tablet market share. And Windows tablets (not Windows RT, full Windows) shipped a respectable 1.6 million units, which really is pretty good for a newcomer in a developed market. That’s a 700% growth in a year.
So why did Android face this giant boom? Well one reason is of course that the budget Android tablets have gotten really good, especially the Nexus 7. But another reason is that apps have gotten significantly better. With the introduction of the Nexus 7, developers have been scrambling to make better tablet apps, and it is paying off. This should be incentive for developers to do even more, as the app ecosystem could still be a lot better.