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March 25, 2012

Android Tablets Outselling iPads and Others

According to IDC, sales of WiFi-only tablets in Australia surpassed sales of combines WiFi/3G versions in Q4 of 2011 and for the first time, accounting for 54% of the 644,000 units shipped in the quarter. This is a small step forward for the Android operating system.

Yee-Kuan Lau, market analyst for IDC ANZ, said: "Most new entrants started off by introducing WiFi only media tablets in early 2011 and this has gradually increased the WiFi-only unit share. At the same time, the WiFi/3G unit share started decreasing after the low cost media tablets such as Optus MyTab and Telstra T-Touch were discontinued."

According to IDC a total of 1.67 million tablets were sold in Australia and New Zealand in 2011, 91.3 percent of them in Australia. Second half sales were up 147 percent on the second half of 2010.

In Q4 the iPad2 accounted for almost 84 percent of total sales and Android tablets 15 percent. In the Android segment Acer made the top position by a small margin, followed closely by Motorola and Asus.

IDC expects the Australian media tablet market to expand 50 percent year-on-year in 2012, while the New Zealand market is expected to bounce back from the impacts of the Christchurch earthquake with 70 percent year-on-year growth.

So, would you buy a tablet this year?

[via iTWire]