4Q11 Tablet Shipments More Than Double, But iPad Loses Share

Research firm Strategy Analytics said this week that tablet shipments more than doubled in 4Q11, thanks to frenzied interest in the iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire, but noted that Apple lost 10 points of market share while Android gained 10.

According to Bloomberg, global tablet shipments in 4Q11 were 26.8 million units, up from 10.7 million in the prior year. However, the iPad saw its market share slip from 68 percent to 58 percent over the same time period, while Android’s market share jumped from 29 percent to 39 percent. Microsoft maintained 1.5 percent share in 4Q11.