IDC’s Q3’2010 data show that the worldwide media tablet market grew 45.1%, exclusively by global demand for Apple iPad, which represented nearly 90% of the media tablets shipped worldwide in 3Q10. This’s because of it’s high demand which managed to take out 87.4% or 4.2 Million units of the worldwide market. The popularity of the market also shows that not only tablets being shipped is on the rise but also ereaders which was up 40% or 2.7 Million units shipped in the 3Q.
In 4Q10, Samsung’s introduction of the Galaxy Tab brought the first tier 1 device vendor to the Android media tablet market. Media tablet market growth is expected to accelerate significantly in 1Q11 with new products from multiple high-profile device vendors, including Motorola’s Xoom, based on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), and RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook based on BlackBerry Tablet OS.
For the ereader market, IDC anticipates 2010 to close at 10.8 million units shipped worldwide, with the U.S. representing 72.4% of global shipments.
IDC expects that the tablet market will finish off the year shipping 17 Million and 10.8 Million ereader units, and that the market will be more then double in size at the end of 2011 to 44.6 Million tablets shipped whilst ereaders will grow to 14.7 Million. Further market predictions can be found on the IDC website.