Samsung Guns for #1 Apple in Tablet Sales
While Apple gets all the “oohs” and “ahhs” from the technology media, Samsung Electronics is quietly closing the gap with the goliath producer in the tablet market. For those who have been living beneath a rock, Apple is the creator of all things that start with a certain letter you might have noticed: iPhone, iPad, iPod. Under the guidance of creative genius, the now-deceased Steve Jobs, Apple singlehandedly transformed the mobile phone industry when it introduced the iPhone in 2007. What some people don’t realize is that Samsung sold more smartphones than Apple in 2011 and is now the largest supplier in the world.
Having secured the cell phone market, Samsung has its sights set on the tablet computer industry, which has been dominated by Apple since the release of the iPad in 2010. Though Samsung lagged significantly behind Apple in 2012 tablet sales (16.6 million to 65.7 million), the company seems to be coming on strong. 2013 third quarter numbers show Apple’s market share has slipped to 30 percent while Samsung’s has grown to 20 percent.
Consumers have been quick to embrace the South Korean company’s cheaper Galaxy Tab computers that offer a variety of screen sizes not found in the iPad. (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | mac morrison)