The latest IDC report has been published and this time around they are talking tablets. The report covers the second quarter of 2013 and while it is showing Apple as sitting on top with a 32.4 percent share of the tablet market, this same report is also showing Apple as dropping year-over-year. More to that point, this same report is showing big year-over-year growth for Samsung and Android as a whole.
Looking first at the numbers broken down by vendor and we see the top five as being Apple, Samsung, ASUS, Lenovo and Acer. It should also be made clear that while those were the top five, there was an “others” category and that accounts for 38.8 percent of the market at the moment. Anyway, those numbers were as follows; Apple with 32.4 percent, Samsung with 18.0 percent, ASUS with 4.5 percent, Lenovo with 3.3 percent and Acer with 3.1 percent.
Shifting to the year-over-year and we are taking a look at Q2 2012 as compared to Q2 2013. This has Apple going down 14.1 percent with Samsung growing 277.0 percent. The remaining vendors in the top five show ASUS with a 120.3 percent growth, Lenovo with a 313.9 percent growth and Acer with a 247.9 percent growth. Anyway, while Apple still holds the majority share of the tablet market, these numbers do imply the Android tablet market has been growing.
Touching on that last point and we find Android as having a 162.9 percent year-over-year growth. Android had 38.0 percent of the market in Q2 2012 and grew to 62.6 percent in Q2 2013. In terms of the shipments, that percentage accounts for 28.2 million for the second quarter of 2013. This also has Android sitting in top of the tablet operating systems category.
Looking at the remaining four of the top five in this category and we have iOS, Windows, Windows RT and BlackBerry with 32.5, 4.0, 0.5 and 0.3 percent respectively. In this case the others category is small and accounts for just 0.2 percent of the market. Otherwise, looking at the year-over-year for this category and we saw the big growth came from Windows, which had 527.0 percent growth. The catch with that, Windows still only accounts for 4.0 percent with 1.8 million shipments.