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Android tablet market grows; Sony claims 26% share

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Android has boosted its share of the worldwide tablet market at the expense of Apple, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.

In the final quarter of 2011, Android took 39% of the market for tablets, up from 29%, while Apple's share fell from 68% to 58%. Microsoft's share was just 1.5%.

And we can reveal that Sony is claiming 26% of that Android tablet market, telling us at a press briefing that its Tablet S and Tablet P were the best-selling Android tablets by the end of last year.

Total shipments of tablets hit 26.8 million in the quarter, up from 10.7 million a year ago.

Apple shipped 15.4 million iPads between October and December. That compares with shipments of 10.5 million tablets using Android.

Still, Apple probably isn't too worried given its stupendous Q4 financial results announced yesterday.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.