Apple’s iPads will rule the roost, until 2014 anway


That’s according to study done by Analysts Gartner, which projects that the firm from Cupertino will get at least 73.4% of the global tablet sales this year and a majority of the market till 2014. Android based tablets meanwhile, will only account for 17.3% of sales for 2011.

Gartner VP Carolina Milanesi states that this “is because Apple delivers a superior and unified user experience across its hardware, software and services. Unless competitors can respond with a similar approach, challenges to Apple’s position will be minimal. Apple had the foresight to create this market and in doing that planned for it as far as component supplies such as memory and screen. This allowed Apple to bring the iPad out at a very competitive price and no compromise in experience among the different models that offer storage and connectivity options.”

If what Gartner projects is true, then the Android tablet platform has a lot of catching up to do. Thankfully, the firm projects that Android will be able to even up the numbers a bit come 2015, with sales of 116 million to Apple’s 148. Milanesi adds, “so far, Android’s appeal in the tablet market has been constrained by high prices, weak user interface and limited tablet applications. Google will address the fragmentation of Android across smartphone and tablet form factors within the next Android release, known as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich,’ which we expect to see in the fourth quarter of 2011. Android can count on strong support from key OEMs, has a sizeable developer community, and its smartphones application ecosystem is second only to Apple’s.”

Source: Gartner