Just a few months ago, we saw IDC gazing into their crystal ball and forecasting that Apple’s tablet market share will dip below 50% in 2016. The latest data from the analytics firm, however, indicates that the global market share for the iPads is shrinking faster than previously believed.

According to the firm, iPad shipments will reach 46% in 2013, a pretty significant drop from last year’s number of 51%. With shipments of Android tablets expected to grow to 49% this year, up from 42%, Apple will lose its lead in the tablet race for the very first time.

The research also talks about the growing popularity of smaller-sized tablets, like the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. “One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size,” IDC said. Considering that HP is about to re-enter the market with the 7-inch Slate 7, the party is about to get merrier.

Meanwhile, things might not look so hot for Windows 8 tablets last year, when it only held a 1% market share, but it seems miracles do exist, as Microsoft’s tablet platform is expected to grab 7.4% of the tablet market… in 2017.

As for the overall tablet shipment forecast for 2013, the old figures of 172.4 million units have now been raised to 190.9 million units.

Bams Sadewo
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  • kascollet

    I guess we’ll see good Android tablets in 2013 because considering today’s offerings, I see no hope for them. Some Android smartphones are really competitive today (waiting for my Nexus 4… Aaaaargh) but speaking of tablets, nothing reached iPad’s supremacy yet (all versions of it !).

  • Android Tablets need APPS and more developing!!!

    • kascollet

      They also need better hardware. Battery life, screens and GPU are notably poor on most of Android tablets, if not all of them.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Nexus 7 and 10 were and still are really good tablets hardware-wise and software-wise.

        • kascollet

          Yes, they’re probably the best Android tablets out there, but they don’t reach the iPads yet, nor hardware-wise, nor software-wise.

  • feres13

    As much as i perfer android phones over the iPhone, the iPad today is the king of tablets. Without tablet optimised apps, tablets are just HUGE phones, they just don’t add value, the iPad on the olther hand brings anolther experience.

    Just give me optimised apps and i’ll switch.

    The problem is that i doubt optimised apps will come anytime soon, apps aren’t bad enough to be fixed, when the ipad launched it had iphone apps that didn’t fill the whole screen, Android tablet apps scale to fill the screen. If i had to compare, iphone apps on the ipad are TERRIBLE, android scaled apps are OKAY, while true iPad apps are EXCELLENT. The devs just don’t care, “If it’s not broken don’t fix it”, there’s tons of apps already that don’t even use android 4.x’s design guidelines, there’s tons of apps that don’t have in-app menu buttons or the HALO UI,tablet apps work, not in an amazing way but not terribly, so they won’t bother changing them

    • freedomspopular

      There’s plenty of tablet-optimized apps. Not sure why you’ve having trouble finding some.