Android phones have long outsold Apple’s iOS devices, but Apple has continued to dominate the tablet market. That has now changed. During today’s Google I/O developer’s conference, Sudar Pichai (Google’s Senior VP for Android, Chrome, and Apps) updated the audience on Android device sales. According to Pichai, Android tablets now account for 62% of tablet market share. Two years ago, Android tablets accounted for only 39% of tablet sales, increasing to 46% a year ago. Samsung alone accounts for about 22% of the global tablet market, making it by far the largest vendor of Android tablets.

By comparison, Android now accounts for about 80% of all smartphone sales. According to Pichai, there are more than 1 billion (with a ‘B’) active Android users. That’s double the number of active users just one year ago.

No wonder Apple feels it needs to compete in the courtroom, as well as on the sales floor.

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