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 Just last month, IDC forecasted that Android would soon overtake Apple in terms of tablet shipments, and it turns out they might were right if their latest numbers are correct. IDC reports that during Q1 2013, a total of 49.2 million tablets have shipped, out of which 27.8 million were Android running tablets and the iPad managed to grab 19.5 million units.

Now don’t get jumpy, that doesn’t mean the iPad has lost the race; Apple remains the most popular single brand in the tablet world. Out of those 27.8 million Android tablets shipped, Samsung’s share was only 8.8 million units, which is quite an increase from 2.3 million in Q1 2012. Coming in second place is Asus with 2.7 million units and third is Amazon with 1.8 million unit shipments.

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So what’s next? Garnering a lot of success with the iPad Mini, Apple is rumored to release an even cheaper version of iPad Mini and HD version of Mini tablet later this year and yet another iteration of iPad to gauge things for the year. While on the other side, various Android tablets like, revamped Nexus 7 and Nexus 11 are rumored to get unveiled at this month’s Google I/O developer conference.

With the rise of Android tablets, it’ll surely convince Apple to engage in outing cheaper tablets and keep people interested in their iPad tablets by revamping the ageing UI of in their upcoming iOS 7. While nothing definite can be said for the future, one thing’s for sure that there’s going to be a lot of competition in the tablet domain.

(via Cnet)

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