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Android tops as tablets go mainstream: Report

Published on Mar 4, 2014 1:23 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Tablet computer sales soared last year with Android-powered devices dethroning iPads atop a booming global market, according to figures released Monday by Gartner.

Sales of tablet computers surged to 195.4 million last year in a 68 per cent jump from what was seen in 2012, the industry tracker reported.

The raw number of iPads sold climbed more than nine million to a total of 70.4 million.

Meanwhile, the portion of sales grabbed by tablets running on Google-back Android rose to 61.9 per cent last year from 45.8 per cent in 2012, according to Gartner.

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