IDC: Android inspires another bright quarter for MEA tablet market in Q3 2014

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong year-on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices according to IDC. While shipments of Android tablets increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period. After suffering a quarter-on-quarter slowdown in shipments in the second quarter of 2014, Samsung experienced a very good third quarter, shipping 996,000 units. This represented growth on both a year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter basis, and saw the vendor maintain its number-one position in the region. Apple remained in second place, although its 572,000 units represented a decline both year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter. Release