Android tablet revenue might have surpassed Apple’s, claims analyst

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“For the first time Android devices accounted for a greater share of the market in revenue terms than iOS”, wrote Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley, after analyzing numbers published by IDC two weeks ago. “Android revenue share reached 46.2% in 3Q13, for the first time exceeding iPad share of 45.6%. Android’s unit share grew to 66.7% from 58.5% a year ago, largely driven by Samsung and Lenovo, while iPad share declined to 29.7% from 40.2%.”

This all means that, according to Huberty, if up until now, Apple marketshare was somewhat less than Android’s in a specific quarter and the Cupertino-company was still in lead when it comes to revenues, this is no longer the case. Apple is expected to see a boost towards the end of November, and throughout December, due to its latest tablets, the iPad Air, and the iPad mini with Retina Display.

Also, for what it’s worth, Fortune magazine says that “Huberty does not explain how she extrapolates revenue share from IDC’s shipment numbers”; on that exact note, Fortune also notes that IDC itself did not explain how it estimated Samsung’s numbers, and the company is known for not making them public.

Source: CNN Money

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