Apple’s iPad losing momentum in China’s market
MADRID (MarketWatch) — Apple Inc.’s share of the Chinese tablet-computer market sank more than 20 percentage points in the second quarter, while Samsung Electronics Co. built on its lead, an analyst at IDC told Bloomberg on Wednesday. Dickie Chang, a Hong Kong-based analyst with IDC, said Apple’s iPad had a 28% share of tablet shipments in China during the quarter, down from 49% a year earlier. Samsung’s share moved to 11% from 6% a year earlier as consumers bought cheaper tablets and smartphones running the Google Inc.-backed Android operating system. Lenovo Group Ltd. was in third place in the tablet market with an 8% share, down from 9% a year earlier. Chang said Apple’s China tablet shipments rose to 1.48 million units in the period, from 1.15 million a year earlier. Samsung’s shipments jumped to 571,000, from 133,000, while Lenovo’s rose to 413,000, from 204,000. “Android players are growing with strong price advantage,” Chang said to Bloomberg in an e-mail.
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