Apple’s foothold over the tablet market may finally be slipping. According to new data by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Android tablet market share has finally risen to a respectable 48%, with around 21% of that due to Kindle Fire sales. Apple’s iPad slipped from 81% the previous year, down to only 52% this year even after a successful iPad 3 launch.
Although it can be argued that the Amazon’s Kindle Fire isn’t really an Android tab — even though it technically runs on the OS, the absence of the Play Store and Google services places it in a strange category of its own. Keep in mind this data doesn’t yet factor in Nexus 7 or the new line of Kindle Fire HD’s, but we are confident this number will skyrocket by the end of this year, moving into 2013. Apple execs must be so pissed right now.