confusing to both developers and consumers alike.”
Android-derived operating systems are forecast to take 65 per cent share in 2014 with 185 million units. Samsung continues to lead with strong year-on-year growth coming from its broad tablet portfolio, and in Q3 2013 it had a 27 per cent share of Android tablet shipments. “With the cost and time-to-market advantages afforded by their Chinese supply chain, these small-to-micro brand vendors are eating up tablet market share. Vendors such as Nextbook in the United States, and Onda and Teclast in the People’s Republic of China ship more units than some of the major international top tier vendors in their home countries. The rise of small-to-micro brand vendors has proved that there is a demand in for entry-level Android tablets in every country and in every region,” commented Shanghai-based Analyst James Wang.