The sale of tablets sinks in 2016: 55 million units less
Despite the lower sales, the market continues to expand. The installation base, or number of "tablets" in households continues to increase
The market for tablets fell again in sales for the second consecutive year: according to the latest figures from IDC, remained at 174.8 million units .
This figure represents a drop of almost 16% over the previous year 's sales when sold 207.2 million tablets .
This category of consumer electronics continues to fall since 2014 when he won an unsurpassed figure of 229.6 million units , also according to IDC.
The accounts are clear: 55 million fewer tablets were sold , 25% less in 2016 than during its peak in 2014.
Despite the drop in sales, the market continues to expand. The installation base , or number of tablets in households continues to increase.
In the United States the number of adults with tablet reached 51%, four points more than in 2015. In the UK , total households with a tablet is now 59%, six points higher than last year.
The paradox that lower sales while increasing the total user has an explanation: the tablets last for years in homes until they need to be replaced by another model.
With no mechanical or moving parts such as laptops, tablets are more durable . The vast majority of users only use them at home, avoiding bumps and physical damage that smartphones suffer.
Apple continues to lead the tablet market, as it has done every quarter since it launched the iPad in 2010. It keeps the head with a sufficient margin and even managed to increase market share during 2016 to lose fewer sales than other manufacturers.
Behind the company co - founded by Steve Jobs remains Samsung , the second contender in the tablet market.
South Koreans also slightly increased its market share, and prepare to launch its next tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3 , during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February.