According to a recent IDC (International Data Corporation) report, Android tablets will overtake iPads in terms of global market share in 2015. Yep, despite the continued dominance of Apple's tablet, a change in the stop spot could be happening in more or less 3 years from now. Cue in applause from Android fans.
The IDC says the iPad's overall market share has been dwindling even though it's still been selling like hot cakes. Fact is, Apple's tablet sales grew by 50% between Q3 and Q4 of last year. However, its piece of the market pie still dwindled 61.5% to 54.7%in the same time frame. This tells us that Android adoption is increasing at the expense of its rival from Cupertino. The reason? The entry of cheaper Android tablets which cater to the lower segments with weaker purchasing power. Case in point: Cherry Mobile's tablets. That's a big factor, if you ask us. The iPad may be held as The King, a top-notch device by critics, but its sales will be limited to those who can actually afford it outright which, let's face it, is not the majority of the consumer population.
This trend is something that the IDC predicts will continue, so much so that Google's mobile OS will be numero uno in 2015. Are we surprised? Not really. Aside from the increasing number of cheaper Android slates, similar forecasts in the past have been pointing to the same things, which means this at least has some weight into it. However, it's also important to note that the iPad remains solo, battling it out with the tons of Android offerings from different brands. It might lose market share but the IDS also says it will be on top in terms of tablet revenue even after 2016.
As for the rest of the platform pack making up the third spot (admit it, right now, it's mostly fight between iOS and Android), we could be looking at a longer period before we can see them challenging the top two.