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Apple iPad 2 Will Face Tougher Android Competition

If the latest data updates from market research firm Strategy Analytics are to be believed, the Apple iPad 2 may have found itself a formidable competitor in the shape of Google's multi-headed Hydra, Android.

While the iPad managed to get 75.3 per cent of the worldwide market share of tablets, this is down from 95.5 per cent, a 20 per cent drop.

At the same time, sales of Android-based devices surged by nearly 1000 per cent in just a quarter. Interestingly, the "others" category made jumped from 1.2 per cent to 3.2 per cent.

Strategy Analytics reckons that Apple sold nearly 15 million iPads last year with almost half of it in the fourth quarter of the year alone.

In comparison, 100,000 Android tablet were sold in the third quarter of last year, growing to a staggering 2.1 million units by the end of the year.

Most of the tablets are expected to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab, although might highlight the fact that it is in reality a sized-up smartphone.

Either way, 2011 will prove to be a watershed year for tablets with up to 46 million units expected to be sold based on analysts predictions.

With Asus, Acer, HP, Dell, Motorola, HTC, Cisco, RIM and a raft of other smaller manufacturers expecting to push out scores of tablet PC, Apple may have to up its game with the iPad 2.