Report: Tablet market to surge to $49B by 2015

The tablet market will surge ahead in the next few years, growing to a $49 billion market by 2015, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The firm said in a new report it expects vendors to ship 149 million tablets in 2015, an eightfold increase from 2010. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to dominate the market, Strategy Analytics said, though a range of other players will work to cash in on the opportunity. For example, Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) today began selling the Wi-Fi-only version its PlayBook tablet, which it hopes will be a hit with core BlackBerry users. However, reports indicate tepid demand so far. RIM will release PlayBook models with cellular connectivity this summer. (Be sure to check out FierceWireless' in-depth special report on today's hottest tablets). Article