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Apple Increases Tablet Share to 95 Percent as Android Slips

Apple Inc. increased its market share in tablet computers to 95 percent in the third quarter, while Google Inc.’s Android operating system slipped, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.

Global tablet sales rose 26 percent from the previous period to 4.4 million units, with Apple selling 4.19 million iPads, the company said in a statement. Android’s share of the market declined to 2.3 percent from 2.9 percent.

Android’s market share will rise in the fourth quarter as devices using Google’s platform enter the market, Strategy Analytics said. U.S. mobile-phone carriers will start selling Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Tab from November 11.

“The tablet wars are up and running,” said Strategy Analytics Director Neil Mawston in the statement. Android and other operating platforms “are trailing in Apple’s wake and they already have much ground to make up.”

Samsung, HTC Corp., Motorola Inc. and Dell Inc. are among the companies using the Android operating system in tablet computers to rival the iPad.

Hewlett-Packard Co., the largest computer maker, is also developing a tablet computer. Research In Motion Ltd., maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, unveiled the PlayBook in September as a challenger to the iPad and said it would begin selling the tablet early next year.

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