One in eight people worldwide to own a tablet by 2017


Tablet ownership is set to soar over the next four years, with one in eight people on the planet to own one of the devices by 2017, new figures have revealed.

Forrester found that 905 million people will have a tablet, which amounts to 29 per cent of online consumers.

In Europe, however, the figure will be much higher, with 42 per cent of online consumers set to own one of the devices. In North America, meanwhile, the figure will stand at 60 per cent, making the tablet a majority device.

Forrester also found that tablets will become increasingly popular in the workplace, with specific classes of workers being issued tablets and some employees being willing to cover part or all of the cost of the device.

Traditionally, Apple has been the dominate player in the tablet sphere. However, its iPads only held a 32.4 per cent market share in the second quarter this year, down from 60.3 per cent at the same time a year earlier.

This could see Samsung increasing its market share substantially, which has grown from 7.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2012 to 18 per cent at the same time this year.