Android tops tablet market share in 2013

Android-powered devices outsold Apple iPads to overtake the top spot in the global tablet market share for the first time.

Android holds 62% market share, with Apple at 36% and Microsoft at 2.1%. The tablet market grew from 116.3 million to 195.4 million units shipped between 2012 and 2013, according to figures released by technology research firm Gartner.

Both Android and Apple split the $12.7 billion-dollar tablet market 50/50 during the first half of 2013, with signs of Android continuing to pull ahead in numbers.

Apple is still the top-selling OEM and sold 70 million iPads in 2013, 9 million more than the previous year before the advent of the iPad mini.

During that time, Samsung released a selection of new Galaxy tablets including the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and the Galaxy Note 10.1, seeing over 300% growth for the company from the previous year.

Asus continued its rise to third place at 5.6% of the tablet market with 11 million units sold, followed by Amazon and Lenovo, which tripled its sales from the year before.

The iPad still dominates usage share and accounts for over four times the amount of developer revenue per user.

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