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 CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.