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Research Data: Tablet Sales Might Plateau Soon

The popularity and demand of tablets like the iPad from Apple has reshaped the landscape of the PC over the past four years, especially with regards to the marketplace for consumers.

However, the most recent data on sales of tablets as compiled by IDC suggests the tablet industry might be seeing its first signs of reaching its plateau.

IDC on Thursday released figures on shipments of tablets during the 2014 first quarter. Worldwide shipment of tablets was 50.4 million.

However, the number was over 35% less than for the fourth quarter of last year, when many sales took place during the holiday shopping season.

In addition, shipments during the first quarter were up 3.9% over the same period one year ago. The slowdown, said the research company likely is a signal that the tablet industry will have more challenges this year.

The results of tablet sales had been affected by an increased in smartphones with large screens and consumers that are not changing their current tablets for a longer period of time.

The figures from the first quarter showed that Google Android powered tablets were still accounting for close to two-thirds of all tablet sales in the marketplace.

However , Apple, with its iPads that are iOS based remained the No. 1 overall vendor of tablets with more than 16.4 million units sold and a 32.4% market share.

However, while Apple maintained its top spot, the research company said shipments made by the Cupertino, California based tech giant were down 16.1% from the same period one year ago, when over 19.5 million units were shipped during the same quarter.

In second place remained Samsung with shipments totaling 11.2 million and a market share of 22.3%. Shipments of Samsung were up by over 32% from last year.

ASUS was third with more than 2.5 million units shipped down from last year’s 2.6 million during the same quarter. Lenovo was in fourth with shipments that totaled 2.1 million.

Lenovo however more than tripled its own tablet sales from a year ago.

Amazon and its own Kindle tablet was in fifth place with more than 1 million shipped, a decline of 47% from the 2013 first quarter.

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