Worldwide tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015, according to a new report from IDC.
Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell to 47.1 million in the quarter, a -5.9% decline from the same quarter a year ago, according to preliminary research data, IDC says.
“The market slowdown that we witnessed last quarter is continuing to impact the tablet segment, but we see some growth areas that are starting to materialize,” said Jean Philippe Bouchard, Research Director, Tablets. “Cellular-enabled tablets are outgrowing the rest of the market, providing an additional revenue stream for OEMs and mobile operators. In addition to driving higher usage than Wi-Fi-only tablets, cellular-enabled tablets also help position the segment as true mobile solutions rather than stay-at-home devices.”
Apple still leads the overall market despite five consecutive quarters of negative annual shipment growth, IDC says. Apple shipped 12.6 million iPads in the first quarter, taking a 26.8 percent market share in volume, but falling 22.9 percent when compared to 1Q14.
Samsung has a 19.1 percent market share, maintaining its second place spot despite a 16.5 percent decline in shipments compared to the same period last year.