Android Tops As Tablets Go Mainstream

By Segun  Oniyide

Tablet computer sales soared last year with Android-powered devices dethroning iPads atop a booming global market, Sales of tablet computers surged to 195.4 million last year in a 68 percent jump from what was seen in 2012

The raw number of iPads sold climbed more than nine million to a total  of 70.4 million.Meanwhile, the portion of sales grabbed by tablets Android rose to 61.9 percent last year from 45.8 percent in 2012

Fe32efe1f8a73b620cd68ce1b372953a0e06c18b_original. JpgApple continues to rule the high-end of the market with iPads, but low-cost Android tablets appeal to buyers with slim budgets in emerging markets.

Apple’s compelling  ecosystem of music, games, films, and other digital content and services for mobile devices has rivals under pressure to provide similar experiences on tablets

Apple remained the top tablet seller, but sales of Android devices by second-place Samsung more than quadrupled last year to 37.4 million.

Microsoft sold slightly more than four million Windows-powered tablets in a jump from the prior year, but remained far behind the market leaders.