Indian computer peripherals maker iBall overtook Samsung to clinch the top tablet vendor spot in fourth quarter of 2014, claims IDC in its latest quarterly tablet tracker report.
According to IDC, iBall more than tripled its market share from 4.5 percent in Q4, 2013 to 15.6 percent in Q4, 2014, thus removing Samsung from the top spot. Samsung reportedly accounted for just 12.9 percent tablet shipments last quarter.
The overall tablet market in India saw 0.96 million tablet shipments in Q4, up 3.6 percent quarter-on-quarter.
“The market saw a correction post the introduction of BIS regulation in July 2013. Unbranded tablets were wiped off from the market thereby contracting the bubble of growth witnessed in 1H 2013 and hence resulting in year-on-year decline in growth,” says Tanvi Mann, Market Analyst, Client Devices IDC India.
As you can expect, Samsung doesn’t agree with the IDC report and has released the following statement.
“Samsung continues to be a clear leader in the Indian Tablet market. The company drives the Tablet market in India and we foresee our sales to continue to grow robustly in 2015. At Samsung, we strive to innovate and create new products and experiences through our R&D, software and application solutions focused around the needs of the Indian consumers.”
It also cited research firm Gfk data, which states that Samsung accounted for 40.6 percent of the tablet shipments in Q4, 2014.