Android is nipping at Apple’s heels in the tablet market

Android is nipping at Apple’s heels in the tablet marketFollowing strong shipments of Android tablets and “robust demand” for Apple’s (AAPL) new iPad mini, analysts with IDC have increased their 2012 forecast for the worldwide tablet market to 122.3 million, compared to earlier estimates of 117.1 million units. The research firm also raised forecasts for 2013 and 2016 to 172.4 million units and 282.7 million, an increase from 165.9 million and 261.4 million units, respectively. IDC estimates that Android will continue its growth in the tablet space and see its worldwide market share increase from 39.8% in 2011 to 42.7% in 2012. During the same period the firm predicts that Apple will see its tablet share fall from 56.3% to 53.8%, while Windows-based tablets, including Windows 8 and Windows

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