A recent report from IDC shows the third quarter sale results for tablet computers. The report shows that Apple iPad sales have slowed down some, while Android tablet sales picked up.
Tom Mainelli, from IDC, recently said in a statement, “We believe a sizeable percentage of consumers interested in buying an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablet sat out the third quarter in anticipation of an announcement about the new iPad Mini.”
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Overall the Cupertino-based company’s shares decreased from 65.5 percent (second quarter) to 50.4 percent (third quarter). Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) still remains in the Top 5 Vendor of Worldwide Tablet Shipments list.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Asus, and Lenovo Group Limited (PINK:LNVGY) all enjoyed some sale increases this past quarter. Thanks to the Galaxy Tab and Note 10.1, Samsung holds at second place. They sold a total of 5.1 million tablets during the third quarter, a significant increase from the 1.2 million sold during third quarter of 2011, which gave them a total increase of 325 percent.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) also enjoyed a huge increase in worldwide market shares which jumped from 4.8 during the second quarter to 9.0 during the third quarter.
Despite Apple’s current lull in sales, it’s predicted that sales for the iPad and iPad Mini should pick up this fourth quarter. IDC even suggested, “Now that the new Mini and a fourth-generation full-sized iPad are both shipping we expect Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to have a very good quarter.”
On an interesting side note, the new Windows Surface tablet was not mentioned in the market share numbers. IDC Mobile Device Trackers program manager Ryan Reith said, “Competitors are turning up the pressure on market leader Apple. With the recent introduction of a number of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, consumers now have a third viable tablet platform from which to choose. However, price points are critical in tablets, and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and its partners will have a tough time winning a share of consumer wallet with price points starting at $500.”
Despite a loss in iPad sales this past quarter, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is still the clear winner.