iPad tops tablet sales as Galaxy Tab makes gains

Apple's iPad has topped the tablet market as the Samsung's Galaxy Tab makes gains in the fourth quarter, according to a report from IDC

Apple's iPad has dominated tablet sales in the fourth quarter, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab gaining a 17-percent market share, according to an IDC report that show 10.1 million media tablets were shipped in the fourth quarter.

Almost 18 million tablets shipped in 2010, IDC reported. Apple's tablet share fell from 93 percent in the third quarter to 73 percent in the fourth. Samsung's Galaxy Tab had 17-percent share in the fourth quarter, and the company is preparing a larger Galaxy Tab based on Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

IDC is projecting 50 million tablets will ship in 2011. Apple will launch its iPad 2 on Friday, while many new Android devices, such as Motorola's Xoom, are hitting the market.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Apple dominates tablet shipments, but Samsung Galaxy Tab takes share, says IDC on ZDNet.com.

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