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Friday, July 8, 2011

IPad, Android Drive 6% Gain in IDC’s Global Tablet-Computer Sales Forecast

International Data Corporation raised its 2011 forecast for global sales of tablet computers by 6.2 percent to 53.5 million units on the strength of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPad and Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android operating system.

Though sales in the first calendar quarter fell 28 percent from the prior quarter, Framingham, Massachusetts-based IDC raised its forecast for the year citing increased competition between tablets. Samsung Electronics Co. and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. continue to lag behind Apple because unlike the iPad maker they require customers to buy a data plan, IDC said in a statement today.

The share of Android-based devices grew 8.2 percentage points to account for 34 percent of the tablet market, IDC said.

“Like the PC market, media tablets had a bit of a challenging quarter in Q1, as concerns about general macroeconomic issues and the post-holiday letdown took a toll on demand,” IDC vice president Bob O’Donnell said in a release. “We expect the rest of the year to be much stronger.”

The decrease in the first quarter indicates the tablet and e-reader markets are maturing and not as influenced by “media hype” as they once were, the research company said. Sales of e- readers such as Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS)’s Nook and Amazon Inc.’s Kindle also fell in the first quarter, though IDC forecasts sales to increase 24 percent over 2010 due to more diverse offerings, including color devices.


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