Android tops the tablet market

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Android tablets prove popular

Android is leading the tablet market with a 56 percent share, while the market itself has grown year over year.

Q1 2013 results from technology research firm IDC show that more Android-based tablets were shipped that any others during the quarter. With 27.8 million units transported, there has been a 247 percent year-on-year growth, as just 8 million were shipped in Q1 2012.

While iOS-based tablets placed in second position, the results show that Apple has also had a successful first quarter, as it shipped 19.5 million units, 65.3 percent more than it did in the same time period in 2012. Tom Mainelli, research director at IDC, said: "sustained demand for the iPad mini and increasingly strong commercial shipments led to a better-than expected first quarter for Apple".

Growing tablet market

The Q1 results also show that the tablet market overall is continuing to expand, as shipments reached 49 million units - a 142.4 percent year over year growth. This surge in worldwide sales suggests that there has been an increased demand for devices over the last 12 months, with more people opting for smaller screens.

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins has recently suggested that the tablet market will be dead in five years as he believes that they aren't a strong business model. However, the Q1 figures imply otherwise, showing that there is a growing interest in the tablet market.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, said: "With more Android-based tablets being sold than any other, developers should be taking notice and thinking carefully about the applications they build for the device."