Apple media tablet market share dips to 54.7% in Q4 from 61.5% in Q3 2011

Telecom Lead India: IDC said Apple media tablet market
share has decreased to 54.7 percent in Q4 2011 from 61.5 percent in Q3 2011.

Global media tablet shipments increased 155 percent in Q4
2011 to 28.2 million units from Q4 2010.

The market experienced stronger-than-expected growth
across many regions and at many price points, leading to a full-year 2011 total
of 68.7 million units.

IDC has increased its 2012 forecast to 106.1 million
units, up from its previous forecast of 87.7 million units.

Apple shipped 15.4 million units in Q4, up from 11.1
million units in Q3 2011, representing 54.7 percent market share. However,
Apple market decreased from 61.5 percent in Q3 2011.

Amazon shipped 4.7 million Kindle Fires into the market.
Amazon’s shipment put the company in second place with 16.8 percent of the
worldwide market.

Third-place Samsung grew its share from 5.5 percent in Q3
to 5.8 percent in Q4 2011. Despite shipping more units, including its new Nook
Tablet, Barnes & Noble saw its market share slip to 3.5 percent (down from
4.5 percent). Pandigital rounded out the top five, grabbing 2.5 percent of the
market, down from 2.9 percent the previous quarter.

“Amazon’s widely-reported entry into the media
tablet market with a $199, 7-inch product seemed to raise consumers’ awareness
of the category worldwide despite the fact that the Fire shipped almost
exclusively in the U.S. in the fourth quarter,” said Tom Mainelli,
research director, Mobile Connected Devices, IDC.

Products across the pricing spectrum sold well, including
everything from Apple’s premium-priced iPads (which start at $499) to
Pandigital’s line of Android-based, entry-level tablets (which start at $120).
The success of market leader Apple was particularly noteworthy, as the
company’s shipment total for the quarter represents an increase of 110.5
percent from Q4 2010.

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