Apple not only continues to dominate the global tablet market, its share of the market continues to grow while Android's slips. According to the second quarter numbers from market research firm IDC, the introduction of the iPad 2 combined with RIM's entrance into the market meant good things for overall shipments—which rose by 88.9 percent between the first and second quarters, or 303.8 percent year-over-year. The data shows that the market is ripe for a solid iPad competitor, too, possibly opening the door for Microsoft and its Windows 8 tablets.
IDC says that Apple's share of the global tablet market was 68.3 percent during the second quarter of 2011, up from 65.7 percent in the previous quarter. RIM entered the market during the second quarter as well, placing its initial market share at 4.9 percent with the PlayBook. Android-based tablets, which previously held 34 percent of the market during the first quarter of the year, fell to 26.8 percent in the second quarter.