I once heard from a reputable disk jockey on the radio that there are three techie top gadgets today: a smartphone,?a laptop and a tablet. He said that these three are the most important devices a person could ever have.
I agree with him. We use these devices everyday, may it be for work or school-related tasks, entertainment purposes or even household chores (like doing the grocery shopping list). But tablets weren’t as “essential” before as they are now. These gadgets that were used solely for games, music and pictures before have now become “mainstream.”
Apple’s iPads were the popular tablets before; they pretty much dominated the tablet market simply because there was no competition. But things have changed.
The iPads have been dethroned by Android-powered tablets, according to figures released by Gartner. The industry tracker reported that sales of tablet computers last year jumped by a whopping 68 percent in 2013 from its 2012 records. The sales of these gadgets amount to 195.4 million.
For the first time ever, Android tablets beat Apple with its sales that went up by 127 percent.
“In 2013, tablets became a mainstream phenomenon, with a vast choice of Android-based tablets being within the budget of mainstream consumers while still offering adequate specifications,” Gartner research director Roberta Cozza said in a release.
Apple, of course, continues to be the ruler of the high-end market for tablets with their ?iPads, but low-cost Android tablets appeal to more buyers, especially since they have made these devices literally available for people from all walks of life.
Apple remains as the top tablet seller, but sales of Android devices by second-place Samsung more than quadrupled last year to 37.4 million, according to Gartner. This means that Apple has to seriously think up of new ways to sell their tablet computers soon.
Apple’s rivals are cooking up new innovations for their products; for Samsung, they are slowly succeeding. Apple’s edge over their competitors is their ecosystem of brilliant apps and tools, but we cannot say for sure that Samsung cannot do what they have done with their iPads.
Meanwhile,?Microsoft sold slightly more than four million tablets, but remain far behind the leaders in the tablet computer market.