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Android tablets now outsell Apple’s iPad range, figures from research firm Gartner for 2013 global tablet sales reveal.

61.9% of all tablets in use now run Android. That’s up from 45.8% in 2012 and represents a major boost for manufacturers using Google's platform.

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Despite the launch of the critically lauded iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display, Apple slipped from its top position, dropping from 52.8% in 2012 to just 36% in 2013.

It’s believed the release of numerous small–screened, budget devices has helped Android become dominant in the tablet sector, much as it has with smartphones. Samsung released a series of 7-inch devices last year, as did Google.

However, Apple remains top dog when the figures are broken down by manufacturer. Samsung is a distant second, with 19.1% of tablet sales, while Asus comes in third with 5.6%.

Microsoft saw tablet sales more than triple, but its share of the overall market remains a miserly 2.1%.



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