London: Tech giant Apple’s share of the tablet market declined again in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Apple, however, still dominates the market with the iPad, which accounted for 43.6 percent of tablet shipments, according to market analysts IDC.
According to IDC, Apple''s share fell from 46.4 percent in the preceding quarter, but it still had almost three times the share of rival firm Samsung, the Telegraph reports.
Samsung shipped almost eight million Android and Windows 8 tablets in the last three months of 2012, to take 15.1 percent of the market, the IDC report said.
Amazon was third, with 11.5 percent of the market, followed by Asus on 5.8 percent and Barnes and Noble, with 1.9 percent of the market, the report added.
According to IDC, overall the tablet market grew 75.3 percent compared with the same quarter last year, driven by falling prices and a wider range of devices.