HP and RIM do Apple a favor and deliver a blow to Android

HP and RIM do Apple a favor and deliver a blow to Android || “iPad, PlayBook Squeezed Android Tablets: IDC” http://ow.ly/6vhti

Apple iPad 2I’ll keep it short and sweet.  Tablet shipments grew by 89% in Q2 2011 to a total of 13.6 million units and the (insanely) popular iPad 2 accounted for 9.3 million or 68% of the market.  Android had enjoyed some pretty impressive growth over prior quarters (34% in Q1) but came in with a modest 26.8% this time around.  Why?  RIM’s PlayBook – which has had most fans and critics alike prophesying the demise of the Canadian smartphone manufacturer – sold 500,000 units or 5% of the market share that otherwise might have gone to Android.  The balance of the year will also be tough for Android as HP’s fire sale approach to clearing out a million TouchPads will draw buyers to that cheap alternative to the $400-$900 Android tablets on the market today.  That said, IDC forecasts that increased competition (due in part to the aforementioned move by HP as well as the upcoming launch of the next-generation Amazon Kindle) will drive down the mean price of Android tablets, thus improving overall market share.

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