Apple, going to launch a new iPad tablet tomorrow, doesn’t have Android-based competitor with almost 5 per cent of the market.
Apple, based in Cupertino, California, controls 73 per cent of the market, while Samsung Electronics Co, Sony Corp and Toshiba Corp are among companies making incremental improvements to tablets without bringing services that cut into the market share, Sarah Rotman Epps, an analyst at Forrester, said in the report.
Android-based tablets have been priced in the same range as iPads with inconsistent branding, Epps also said. Amazon Inc’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Inc’s Nook tablets may vie for second place because they build features on top of Android without using the brand and sell for a lower price, she said.
"Tablets are about services," Epps said in a telephone interview. "That is where Amazon has succeeded where others have failed."
When Forrester carried out its survey in September, Hewlett-Packard Co was in second place to Apple with 6 per cent of the tablet market, followed by Samsung Electronics Co, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc and Acer Inc, with 5 per cent, 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. HP cut the price of its TouchPads to $99 before it stopped selling them.
About one-third of the US adult population will own a tablet by 2016, as more people bring them to their workplaces, according to Forrester. The majority of tablets used for work are paid for by the employee, the research company also said.