Jan 31st, 2011

Market researcher Strategy Analytics has released a new report showing that Android tablet shipments have gone from 2.3 percent in the 3rd quarter of 2010 to 22% in the 4th, bringing the iPad from 96% down to 75%. This is impressive growth considering the Samsung Galaxy Tab was one of the only mainstream tablet products on the market in that quarter. (We’re not sure if they consider the Dell Streak a tablet, though.)

“The Samsung Galaxy Tab was the main driver of Android success,” Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics, wrote in the report. “Tablet makers like Android because of its perceived low cost and an accompanying range of compelling media services such as YouTube and Google Maps.”

In total, over 2.1 million tablet devices were shipped compared to 100,000 in the previous quarter. It still doesn’t touch the 7.3 million iPads Apple shipped, but you have to expect the gap will only get thinner as Motorola, LG, Dell, Samsung, and more all offer up a smorgasbord of tablets on a variety of carriers starting in early 2011. [via BloomBerg]