Global tablet shipments expand by 63% over Q4
CNATAIPEI -- Global tablet computer shipments registered better-than-expected growth for the last quarter of 2012 on the strength of new products from non-iPad brands, according to a Taipei-based research firm.
February 7, 2013, 11:32 am TWN
A total of 43.22 million tablets were shipped worldwide in the October-December period, up 63 percent from the previous quarter and 100.3 percent from the same period a year earlier, Digitimes Research said in a recent statement.
New products launched by Amazon.com Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. pushed non-iPad tablet shipments to 22.22 million units for the quarter, exceeding iPad shipments of 21 million units for the first time, it said.
Digitimes Research also said that 109 million tablets were shipped in all of 2012, with Apple Inc.'s iPad products taking a 58.7-percent share and Android-powered ones holding a 38.8-percent share.
Over 91 million tablet computers were shipped by Taiwanese companies in 2012, up 61.2 percent from a year ago, the research firm said.
The shipments accounted for nearly 84 percent of all tablets shipped worldwide, it added.