The end of year holiday shopping period was very good for tablet makers. A new report estimates global tablet shipments reached 76.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013. That’s 20% growth from the year ago quarter of 64.1 million tablets shipped.
The report, by Strategy Analytics, also shows that Android retained its leadership position with a 62% global market share, while Apple’s iPad line increased to 34% and Windows declined to 4% of global tablet shipments.
( To be clear, “shipments” are the number of units vendors sell to the channel, i.e. distributors, retailers, etc., and not how many actually sell through to end user customers).