Apple ships 26 million tablets, Samsung 14.5 million in Q4

Apple has shipped 26 million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2014, while Samsung reached 14.5 million units, said IDC.

The tablet market leader Apple once again led the worldwide market for tablets, shipping 26 million units during the quarter, up from 14.1 million the previous quarter and 22.9 million in 4Q12.

IDC said Apple saw its worldwide tablet market share for the quarter grow to 33.8 percent, up from 29.7 percent in the third quarter but down from its 38.2 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Samsung retained its second-place spot on the strength of a wide portfolio of products and increased carrier support in markets like the U.S., grabbing an 18.8 percent share worldwide. That’s down slightly from 18.9 percent the previous quarter, but up significantly from its 13 percent share a year ago.

Rounding out the top five were Amazon (7.6 percent), ASUS (5.1 percent), and Lenovo (4.4 percent).

Lenovo’s access to the Chinese whitebox manufacturing infrastructure has helped it drive more low-priced tablet products into the market, growing its share from just 1.3 percent in the same quarter last year.

The company’s strength in emerging markets, and its increased market share in adjoining markets such as PCs and smartphones, makes it well positioned to see additional tablet gains in 2014.

Samsung gains tablet market share

Tablet shipments grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013, posting 62.4 percent growth over the previous quarter and 28.2 percent growth over the same period a year ago.

IDC noted that while the market’s growth rates remain impressive, they’re down dramatically compared to the year-over-year rates of the same quarter one year ago (87.1 percent) and indicate a significant slowing of the overall market.

For the full calendar year 2013, worldwide tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million units, which is up from 144.2 million units for the full year 2012 and represents a year-over-year growth rate of 50.6 percent.

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