The tablet market has been in an apparent free fall in recent years, but according to the latest calculation by research firm IDC, we could be in for a rebound come 2018. The tablet market in totality has peaked and will continue to decline in 2016 and 2017, IDC said, however growth is expected in 2018 and beyond due to rising sales of 2-in-1 devices, or tablets with detachable keyboards. Right now the detachable category accounts for 16 percent of the market, but IDC expects it to reach 31 percent in 2020. Many of IDC's recent predictions for the tablet market have said detachables will represent a growing portion of total tablet shipments. Apple, Google and Microsoft have already introduced detachable tablets to compete with PC makers such as Dell and HP.
Australian tablet sales grew 4 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2016 to 1.59 million thanks to more high-end devices entering the market, according to a study by analyst firm Telsyte. The Telsyte Australian Media Tablet Market Study 2016-2020 revealed that the market for tablets in Australia recorded half-on-half growth for the first time since 2014, driven by an increasing adoption of convertible 2-in-1 tablet-notebook devices such as Apple's iPad Pro, Microsoft's Surface tablets, and Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S. The report showed that revenue for H1 2016 was up 33 percent on H1 2015, and is now the highest it has been since H1 2014's market slump. "The decline in tablet sales that began in 2014 has stabilised and the market seems to have turned a corner," Telsyte Managing Director, Foad Fadaghi, said. Telsyte also said that the market is now on track to record tablet sales of 3.21 million units by the end of the year. The top four vendors in the Australian tablet market in H1 2016 were Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, and Lenovo, which all accounted for 80 percent of sales.
Google's latest move could be suggesting that it has given up on Android tablets. The search engine giant has apparently removed the tablet section from its Android website. On Friday, Android Police noticed that the tablet section of the Android website is no longer around. The tech news outlet surmised that Google may have quietly removed the section when it updated the website. Although Google has not confirmed anything, the outlet believes it's time to say, "RIP Android tablets."
A sub-$200 tablet always piques my interest, as does the offer of a "worry free" guarantee. Amazon says it will replace this tablet with no questions asked within two years, no matter how the damage occurred. The good: Faster than previous versions and easy to set up and use, this tablet features 12 hours of battery life and a free year of Amazon FreeTime, which offers 15,000 books, movies, shows and apps. Amazon just launched a new parent dashboard that gives moms and dads new controls and info on what kids are doing in their digital lives, an added bonus. The bad: Display quality is just OK.
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