Study company IDC today released its tablet computer shipments approximates for the first schedule quarter of 2014, with Apple keeping its lead in tablet market share. Baseding on IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, the iPad take into account approximately one third of all worldwide tablet computers delivered in the initially three months of 2014.


Worldwide tablet shipments in 1Q14 in millions of systems (Source: IDC)
On a vendor basis, Apple stays the top manufacturer, however its dominance is starting to slide. iPad deliveries decreased both quarterly and annual, causing Apple to shed some ground to competing Samsung, which viewed increases in both devices delivered and market share.

Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet computer plus 2-in-1 market, shipping 16.4 million systems. That’s down from 26.0 million devices in the previous quarter and well here its total amount of 19.5 million devices in the initial quarter of 2013. Regardless of the contraction, the business saw its share of the market slide just reasonably to 32.5 %, down from the previous quarter’s share of 33.2 %.

Samsung once more grew its worldwide share, raising from 17.2 % last quarter to 22.3 % this quarter. Samsung continuouslies work strongly with service providers to drive tablet deliveries through wonderfully priced mobile phone packages. Rounding out the leading five were ASUS (5 %), Lenovo (4.1 %), and Amazon (1.9 %).


Apple’s iPad deliveries (red) and share of around the world tablet shipments (blue) for 2Q11– 1Q14 (Source: IDC)
On a system basis, Android is the leader with a two-thirds share of the marketplace, followed by iOS. Windows market share remains little, however is expanding because of appeal of affordable, hybrid notebook tablets like the ASUS Transformer T100.

When assessing these numbers, it is vital to keep in mind that IDC tracks deliveries rather than sales, making it impossible to know the number of delivered gadgets were actually purchased by customers and the number of stay on retail racks. IDC’s numbers also are estimates, as most business do not launch their precise tablet computer shipment data. Study firms like IDC must rely upon supply chain information and computations from details that is made public by suppliers to create their quotes.

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