The tablet market today is dominated by the Apple iPad. The number of alternatives to the iPad is growing though with new offerings running Android landing all the time. One of the more popular alternatives to the iPad is the Galaxy Tab.

Analysts from Piper Jaffray say that by 2012 the iPad will still hold the majority of the tablet market at 44%. However, Android tablets will have closed the gap significantly with 39% of the market. The analysts say that Samsung has shipped over a million tablets globally this month giving Android 11% of the market in 2010.

Apple is expected to have 53% of the tablet market in 2011 with Google holding 32.5%. “We believe the Galaxy Tab has been an unexpected success considering it runs a version of Android not optimized for tablets,” Munster wrote in his Dec. 10 research note. “We believe this success is partly due to the fact that it is the only non-iPad tablet available, but also that Android will be a meaningful competitor.”

Via eWeek