Tablet Industry to Grow in Full Swing Next Year; Tablets to Dominate Market

December 28, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

As 2011 bows out for the New Year, the tech world is being stocked full of industrial reports. One such reports states that the gadget industry would be overflowing with touch-controlled devices in 2012.

More precisely, devices below the 10.1-inch size would be the dominating kings in the market. 2012 is expected to witness many new models along with the expected next-generation iPads and Kindle Fires.

This year, according to data collected from market research firms, the global shipments rose to 60 million units. Next year, the shipments will reportedly rise to top 100 million units.

Sony is gearing up to launch some of their new products that would be appealing to gamers and other users alike. The company is looking to bring out new tablet PCs that would support its digital game software and audio/video platform.

Samsung Electronics, HTC and Asustek Computer will closely follow Sony and release new models that run on the latest Android and Windows versions. The entry of Android 4.0 and Windows 8 have given vendors a new lease of life that would enable them to have a crack at the market.

While major companies are investing in tablet business, some like Acer are bowing out. HP and RIM had stalled their business this year, and it remains to be seen whether they will spark up again in 2012.

This year, Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet PC have gained high sales, which could be looked upon as a sign of growing demand for the tablet industry. If companies like Amazon continue to run up their sales, Apple might not be able to hold their fort for long.

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