Strategy Analytics is reporting today that Android software has boosted its share in tablets almost 10x in the fourth quarter of 2010. Shipments of Android tablets went from 100,000 in the third quarter of 2010 to 2.1 million units, this to be contrasted with Apple‘s jump from 1.9 million tablets in quarter three to 7.3 million in quarter four, all of this in 2010. Android held 22 percent of the global market in tablets the fourth quarter of 2010, up from 2.3 percent the quarter before.
Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, said the following about the situation: “Apple’s volumes will continue to go up, but market share will inevitably go down. Even at $500 retail [for the iPad], based on some of the research we’ve done, that’s probably two or three times more than what most mass market consumers are expecting to pay. If you were to ask me in two years time, will Apple have less than 50 percent of the global tablet market, I think that’s a certainty.”
In related news, Canalys research group showed Android becoming the world’s best selling smartphone operating system in the fourth quarter of 2010. Take a look at that story [here][Via Business Week]