Apple to stay ahead in tablet boom: Gartner

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 11, 2011 5:25 AM

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Apple's iPad will continue to dominate surging media tablet market for years, with Google playing catch-up, research firm Gartner said on Monday.

Gartner said it expects 70 million media tablets to be sold this year and 108 million in 2012, compared to just 17.6 million in 2010.

Apple's share of the market will gradually decline to 47 percent in 2015 from 69 percent this year, while Google's share will rise to 39 percent from 20 percent now.

Research In Motion's Playbook tablet uses the new QNX platform, which will take the No.3 position on the market this year, with a 5.6 percent share. Gartner sees that rising to 10 percent in 2015.

"It will take time and significant effort for RIM to attract developers and deliver a compelling ecosystem of applications and services around QNX to position it as a viable alternative to Apple or Android," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said.

"It will be mainly organizations that will be interested in RIM's tablets because they either already have RIM's infrastructure deployed or have stringent security requirements," she said in a statement.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)