Gartner, the analyst firm, has lowered it’s forecast for the number of Android tablets shipped since it’s last prediction in the previous quarter. The projection has been lowered by as much as 28%.
The global media tablet sales to end users are to amount to 63.6 million units this year, which is a staggering 261.4% increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million.
Android tablets are forecast to ship 11 million units in 2011, accounting for 17.3 percent of total sales – up only slightly from Android’s 2010 market share of 14.3 percent.
According to Gartner’s Carolina Milanesi
Google will address the fragmentation of Android across smartphone and tablet form factors within the next Android release [the Ice Cream Sandwich], which we expect to see in the fourth quarter of 2011…
…“Android can count on strong support from key OEMs, and has a sizeable developer community.
She also commented on the holistic picture
…We expect Apple to maintain a market share lead throughout our forecast period by commanding more than 50 percent of the market until 2014…
…This is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple’s position will be minimal.
The data released by Gartner is as follows.
Worldwide Sales of Media Tablets to End Users by OS (Thousands of Units, September 2011)
Since the demand for the tablets is very high, this makes me think about the future of laptops, netbooks and desktops.