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
Apple 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.