Tablet Sales to Double to 119 Million Units in '12, Gartner Says

April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Worldwide sales of tablet computers will almost double to 118.9 million units this year, compared with 60 million units in 2011, according to a report today from Gartner Inc.

Apple Inc. will continue to dominate the global market, with a 61.4 percent share in 2012, even with the arrival of rival devices from Microsoft Corp. and Inc., according to the report. Tablets running Google Inc.’s Android operating system will have a 31.9 percent share, while those powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 will account for 4.1 percent of the market, Gartner forecast.

By 2015, about 35 percent of tablet sales will be for business use, though most of those purchases will still be made by consumers rather than by corporations, Gartner said.

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