Strategy Analytics believes that Apple’s iPad has conquered the tablet market with 95% of sales in Q3, despite the invasion of competitors.
According to the research firm, Apple shipped nearly 4.2 million of the estimated 4.4 million units sold in the quarter. Global tablet shipments grew 26% sequentially. Second-placed Android achieved just a 2.3% share of the global tablet OS market, but is expected to increase in the current quarter. The other tablet OS providers combined namely Microsoft, RIM and Nokia currently only equal Android’s share.
While the US remained undoubtedly the world’s largest tablet market during Q3, demand in Asia and Western Europe is also beginning to swell.
According to Strategy Analytics director Neil Mawston, the tablet wars are up and running. Android, Microsoft, MeeGo, webOS, Blackberry and other platforms are trailing in Apple’s wake and they already have much ground to make up.
According to Paul Carlton, Vice President of research at ChangeWave, Apple’s rivals face a tough time gaining market share because the iPad has already set the bar so very high in terms of customer expectations.
The iPad has taken a big slice out of the netbook market. US consumers’ interest in netbooks has plummeted by ten percentage points in the past year, according to a ChangeWave survey.
The research firm found just 14% of consumers who plan to buy a laptop in the next 90 days will opt for the netbook form factor, compared to 26% that said they plan to buy a tablet.
Demand for the emerging form factor is driven by Apple’s iPad. The device scored highly in satisfaction ratings among current owners, while 80% of consumers planning to buy a tablet said they would pick the Apple unit.
Other tablets grabbing consumer attention are RIM’s PlayBook desired by 8% – Samsung’s Galaxy Tab (3%), and HP’s Slate (2%).
Samsung Electronics has announced to sell its Galaxy Tab tablet computer in India from November 10 and expects to capture about half of the market which it sees at up to 1 million units in the next 12 months.
According to Samsung, this month it planned to sell Galaxy Tab in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Italy this year, taking aim at frontrunner Apple in the new but already congested segment.
According to Ranjit Yadav, director of mobile and IT businesses at Samsung’s Indian unit, they expected the industry to sell 750,000 to 1 million tablet computers in India in the next 12 months.
Galaxy Tab is based on Google’s Android platform, has a 7-inch screen, smaller than iPads 9.7-inch screen. The company will be selling the Tab for US$854 in the Indian market.
T-Mobile USA would be first to offer Samsung’s Galaxy Tab tablet computing device, and plans to subsidize the price for those who take a wireless contract.
T-Mobile USA plans to sell the tablet for US$399.99 with a two-year contract. The device is scheduled to sell on Nov. 10, a day before Verizon Wireless, which is selling the Galaxy Tab at the unsubsidized price of $599.99.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab features an elegant design that packs a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with multi-touch support, Android 2.2 Froyo with Samsung User interface, a 3 megapixel primary camera with LED flash paired with a front-facing 1.3 MP camera that encourages video calling.
Besides this, this Samsung tablet PC delights in an integrated email with Gmail and MS Exchange Active Sync, Google services integration including Google Maps, Latitude, Places and Google Maps Navigation (beta). The 16:9 TFT display also allows you to use the device as an e-Reader. Of course, you have a bunch of downloadable e-book reading apps from Android Market which can be consumed by the device.
Sprint Nextel Corp. is planning to sell Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s Galaxy Tab tablet computing device for a third less than Verizon Wireless. It will begin selling the Galaxy Tab on Nov. 14, three days after Verizon Wireless.
Unlike its rival, Sprint will sell the device for US$399.99 in exchange for a two-year commitment to a data service plan.
As per Verizon Wireless, would sell the device for US$599.99, but offers a prepaid data plan without the requirement for a contract.
For any mobile product, getting the proper marketing and subsidy support from a carrier is crucial to a successful launch. A subsidized device can dull much of the sticker shock that comes from seeing the actual retail prices. Carriers are willing to offer a discount because they can lock customers into multi-year service agreements.
Consumers who will buy the Galaxy Tab from Sprint will have to sign up for a monthly US$29.99 plan that includes 2 GB of data, or a higher end US$59.99 plan with a limit of 5GB of data. Consumers without a contract can grab the Galaxy Tab at $599.99. They can sign up each month for a 2GB plan for $25.
According to the company’s executives, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is the electronic makers’ big push in the mobile business for the holiday season. Having launched its Galaxy S line of phones on all of the major U.S. carriers, it has followed up with the Galaxy Tab. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, are expected to sell the device as well.
The Galaxy Tab runs on Google Inc.’s Android software. It’s smaller than the iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen. Unlike Apple’s device, it supports Adobe Flash, enabling it to show more video found on the Internet. It has a camera on each side and a slot for expandable memory, among other features.
The tab will also compete with a lot of devices from Dell and HP. The analysis believes that Galaxy Tab is the most credible rival to Apple’s iPad. It is smaller than the iPad and Samsung has forged partnerships with the top four U.S. mobile carriers and with media companies which are providing programming for its Media Hub service.
The device runs on Google’s Android platform, has a 7-inch screen, smaller than the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. The device is cheaper than iPad in most of the markets except Finland where it will be priced much higher than the iPad.
In Japan, NTT DoCoMo Inc will start selling the Galaxy S smartphone in late October, with Samsung.
Foreign mobile phone makers have struggled a lot to crack the uniquely developed Japanese market, and even Nokia has been forced to retreat from the market in the past.
But according to Barclays Capital analyst Tetsuro Tsusaka, they expect Samsung to fare well this time. Things are different nowadays. The kinds of products consumers want now are different from the products that existed when foreign makers were struggling to sell their phones here.
The Galaxy Tab will go on sale in Italy in October, in South Korea in October , November in the United States and Japan in November. Samsung aims to sell 1 million units this year.
It is being claimed that Tablet computers running Google Inc.’s Android will take away all the Apple Inc’s iPad sales this holiday season and might exceed it in a few years as device makers adopt the software for a swing of models.
According to the sources, Samsung Electronics Co. will show the newest Android-based tablet for the U.S. market at an event in New York, with the country’s three largest mobile carriers agreeing to sell the Galaxy Tab.
According to Ed Moran, director of insights at Deloitte Services LP, Google may replicate its success with tablets because its OS is freely available to any company. There are a whole slew of factors behind the success: the open-source nature of it, the lower price, it’s not proprietary to one company.
Dell Inc., Acer Inc. and LG Electronics Inc. claims to make Android tablets. According to co-Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Jha, Motorola Inc., which makes Android- based Smartphones, hopes to introduce a tablet computer early next year.
According to analyst, though Google doesn’t charge for Android, broad adoption of the software may open up related revenue opportunities. The company could increase its mobile advertising sales, expand the market for its search engine and boost its application store. By having an open Android system out there, it’s actually accelerating the adoption. Tablets will increase the amount of time that people stay on some sort of computing device, which expands the traffic and people that Google can monetize.