The global tablet market grew 11.5 percent year-over-year during the third quarter, topping 53.8 million units, according to the IDC research group. Ahead of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and what is expected to be a busy Christmas holiday season, the US market should continue to prop the tablet market up yet again.
Apple remains the No. 1 tablet manufacturer, shipping 12.3 million units, though saw a shipment decline - and Samsung remains in the No. 2 spot. Apple controls 22.8 while Samsung currently has 18.3 percent of the market, ahead of ASUS, Lenovo and RCA, according to the IDC 2014 Q3
"Not only is the US market one of the largest for tablets, but third quarter results also indicate that this is where the growth is," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, IDC Research Director for Tablets. "We saw Verizon continuing to sell connected tablets at a fast pace, a strategy that we believe other carriers will replicate in following quarters."