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Android is now the most popular platform for tablets

Android is most popular platform for tablets
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During 2013 over 121 million Android tablets were sold, while Apple only managed to sell 70 million iPads, falling to second place for the first time.
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Tablet sales rocketed during the last few years, growing from 60 million units in 2011 to more than triple last year, when over 195 million tablets were sold worldwide. According to research firm Gartner, Android-driven tablets  finally managed to land on top of the sales list. With 121 million units, they have clearly surpassed Apple's 70 million slates sold during 2013.

Back in 2012, Apple led the worldwide tablet market with a share of 53 percent and 61 million units, compared to 46 percent and 53 million Android tablets sold during the same year. Last year, Apple increased its sales numbers, but the market share dropped to only 36 percent. On the other hand, Android slates captured almost 62 percent of the market and the increase in raw numbers is impressive: more than two times more units delivered to customers!

In the press release available below, Gartner also highlighted that "the market demand was driven by the improved quality of smaller low-cost tablets from branded vendors, and white-box products continued to grow in emerging markets." Next to Android and iOS, the only notable category represented in the statistics consisted of Microsoft Windows tablets, with a share of only 2.1 percent and a bit more than 4 million units sold.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2014-03- 3 (Update: 2014-03- 4)