Strategy Analytics have published new research for global tablet shipments in Q1 2014. Total shipments reached 57.6 million devices with Android taking 66 percent share and Apple 28 percent.
[If you are wondering, the black cell should read 19.5 – not sure why it’s black on the Strategy Analytics site]
What’s more interesting than the Android/iOS shares is the fact that year on year growth has slowed from 83% to 19%. Extrapolating up the shipments for 2014 gives an order of magnitude of 200 million devices. Maybe tablet sales are plateauing at around the same order of magnitude as PC sales
? In this case, tablets will never achieve anywhere near the number of shipments that smartphones (about 10x as much) have achieved.