The global tablet market declined 14% in the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest stats from IDC. 39.6 million units were shipped in the first three months, whereas 47.1 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Apple and Samsung are the current market leaders in the tablet sector, however Apple’s tablet shipments declined 18.8%, while Samsung’s dropped just over 28% annually.
The big surprise this year was the sale of Amazon tablets, which surged 5421%. The Seattle company was not even on the global tablet list this time last year, but all of a sudden they are starting to see massive success. This is primarily attributed to the $50 Fire tablet which gained massive headlines last year and Amazon could not stock enough of them.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.