Apple to Lead Tablet Market for Years, Research Firm Says

Just how long will Apple Inc.’s dominance in the tablet market last?

According to research firm Gartner, at least through 2015.

Analysts at the firm estimate that Apple’s iOS operating system will be on more than half of tablets in the world for the next three years, although Google Inc.’s Android will grow steadily. By 2015, they say, iOS will be on 47.1 percent of tablets, with Android on 38.6 percent and Research In Motion’s QNX tablet system on 10 percent.

Any projections that look so far in the future should be taken with a grain of salt, especially when they concern such a rapidly changing industry. Apple Insider pointed out recently that Gartner has radically revised its predictions about the smartphone market over the past couple of years. But the predictions offer some interesting theories about how the tablet market will pan out.

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