A company in research of Strategy Analytics today revealed that the results of the calculations of the worldwide tablet shipments during the 2011 fourth quarter, shows that Apple is continuing to be holding a big chunk of the market (the majority) as the Android is improving in standing on the strength of the Kindle Fire from Amazon.
Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 26.8 million units in Q4 2011, surging 150 percent from 10.7 million in Q4 2010. Demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users remains strong. Apple shipped a robust 15.4 million iPads worldwide and maintained its strong market leadership with 58 percent share during the fourth quarter of 2011. Apple shrugged off the much-hyped threat from entry-level Android models this quarter.”
Aside from all of the strong growth for the shipment share for the Android, the share of Apple is just down less than about four percentage points ever since the firm had estimates made for the second quarter of last year. Though the Android has continued to gain and appear to have come far directly at the expensese of Research In Motion and Microsoft, which they registered at 3.3% and 4.6% during the secondary quarter of last year.
For importance of the Strategy Analytics members have been asked questions in the past because of them counting shipments instead of sales being made to customers. As many of the earlier Android tablets are seeing very little interest from any customers, the company’s reports were being seen as overstating that the Android’s own significance by counting in Android tablets still sitting on shelves of stores while Apple was actually selling almost every iPad they could ever make. We’re unsure if either that dynamic has eversince changed with the Kindle Fire being introduced, which has apparently seen a much lower channel of inventory in demand, because Amazon’s own emphasis has been heavy on the distribution through their own website.