As goes Apple, so apparently goes Android. eWeek is reporting today that while Apple may control the tablet market right now, with a dominant 90% market share for 2010, Android will be making some fairly major waves over the coming months. Sound familiar? (Hint: think iPhone and Android phones.)
According to analysts at Piper Jaffray, Android’s share of the tablet market should start to seriously expand starting in 2011 when Android 3.0, the next major version of the operating system, is launched. The researchers are expecting Android to grab 32.5% of the market next year, with Apple capturing 53%.
They expect the race to tighten even more in 2012, with Android’s market share climbing to 39% while Apple’s falls further, to about 44%. It’s expected that Windows 7 tablets, RIM’s upcoming Playbook and HP tablets running webOS will make up the remaining 17% of the market.
Apple sold an impressive 4.1 million iPads in the quarter closing October 19, up from 3.27 million the previous quarter. However, the market for Android-based tablets is already strong, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab selling 1 million units in December, despite being a less-than-staggering tablet running Android 2.2.
Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Android-based offerings taking a much larger bite out of Apple’s market, and doing it much sooner. Regardless, it’s going to be an interesting year, and a great one for consumers interested in a new tablet.