Friday, 30 October 2020 11:56

Global tablet market shows strong growth in 3Q 2020

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The third quarter of 2020 was a good one for the global tablet market, with growth of 24.9% year-on-year taking shipments to 47.6 million units, the analyst firm IDC says, adding that the pandemic was a major driver in boosting the market.

The firm said people had been buying tablets to serve as an affordable means of accessing the Internet for their work, learning and leisure during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It pointed out that spending on other things like dining out, entertainment and travel had fallen during the pandemic.

Apple was the top vendor again, shipping 13.9 million units and recording year-on-year growth of 17.4%, with its best showing in the education sector.

Samsung was second with shipments of 9.4 million units and year-on-year growth of 89.2%

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Amazon fell one rank, to third, with 5.4 million units shipped. In the third quarter of 2019, the company had taken the second position after Apple.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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