Which Tablet Will Take the Lead in M2M?


Apple. Samsung. Microsoft. BlackBerry. Which hardware is your best bet for best managing business and personal data going forward? With PC sales on the decline, tablets will likely be the device of choice for many consumers and even businesses in the future, opening the door for more M2M opportunities at work and at home.

According to ABI Research, www.abiresearch.com, more than 39 million tablets shipped worldwide during the first calendar quarter of 2013, representing the second largest volume of shipments to date, outdone only by the final quarter of 2012. As the market for tablets grows steadily, businesses and consumers across the globe continue to seek out to right device.

With BlackBerry’s, www.blackberry.com, announcement last week that it only shipped approximately 100,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets in the three months ending on June 1, the future for BlackBerry in the tablet space looks dim. In the earnings call last week, the company also confirmed it is no longer planning to convert the PlayBook to BlackBerry 10.

Although, don’t count the company out of the M2M and connected device market. The tech provider made a big announcement at the Telematics Detroit conference in early June, previewing a new solution for automakers that will allow over-the-air software updates. Perhaps the company will focus its efforts in other areas of the M2M market going forward.

Another tablet many businesses in particular are keeping a close eye on is Microsoft Surface. ABI estimates roughly 1.5 million Surface tablets shipped during the first quarter of 2013. Additionally, several of Microsoft’s partners have launched Windows tablets and are contributing to the overall growth audience for tablets, says ABI. What’s more, the number of apps leveraging M2M for Windows smartphones and tablets is growing every day.

Still, the race between Samsung, www.samsung.com, and Apple, www.apple.com, garners the most attention, with IDC, www.idc.com, announcing early this year that Samsung took the No. 1 spot in 2012, with just over 20% of the marketshare in the overall smart connected device market. Moving into the beginning of this year, Apple’s market penetration is growing. The company announced it sold 19.5 million iPads in the first calendar quarter, compared to the 11.8 million in the same quarter in the previous year.

Which device will you use for work and for play? The tablet market continues to evolve every day, taking marketshare from traditional computing devices such as desktop computers. As tablets become even more pervasive on the job and at home, this will allow M2M and data to proliferate more areas of daily life.

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