There is little doubt that the iPad resigns supreme in the tablet market. But some research market analysts predict that it won’t be much longer until Android tablets overtake Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tablets.
During the first quarter Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had 50% of the share of all the tablet ships. Although there wasn’t a definitive timeline given, analysts claim that China could be the key factor. Chinese consumers love the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) brand and products, and there was a growth of smaller and more affordable tablets under $200. This is where Android has the opportunity to take over.
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ABI senior practice director Jeff Orr said, “It’s inevitable that Android tablets will overtake iOS-powered slates, though we see no single vendor challenging Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s dominance anytime soon. With media tablets commercially available for more than four years, momentum is shifting toward value and affordability, putting tablets in more of the population’s reach.”
The company also reported that the average price for tablets has dropped within the past year. IDC reported similar comments earlier this week. They said that within the last two quarters the smaller sub 8-inch tablet category overtook the larger tablets in shipments. Now IDC estimates that over half (55 percent) of tablet shipments will be the smaller screen tablets. They also added that the average sale price for tablets is likely to drop to $381 (about 11 percent).
Ever since Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) first launched the original iPad back in 2010, the tablet industry started booming. Until now, no other tablet maker has created serious competition for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Sure, there are low priced tablets like the Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) Nook and Kindle Fire, but these Android tablets are still incomparable to the standard. However, judging by what some analysts predict, that could change, at least in the China market.