A year ago, Apple held more than 95% of the global tablet market, according to a Strategy Analytics study cited by Fierce Wireless. Today, Apple still dominates, even though its market share has declined to 67%. But considering that about 15 vendors--the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, Vizio, Acer, Asus, RIM, HP, Sony, and Lenovo--comprise that other 33%, Apple remains a one-company army fending off a bunch of also-rans.
That won't last. Even with the iPad 3 on the horizon, Android devices are sure to take even more market share in 2012, especially with Barnes & Noble and Amazon joining the fray. The year 2013 will mark the beginning of Microsoft's ascent with Windows 8. For now, however, Apple is still king. --Fritz Nelson