Worldwide shipments of Windows tablets grew 527 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC.
But, then again, the starting point was very, very low.
About 1.8 million Windows tablets were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of this year, up from 300,000 in the same quarter last year, IDC reported.
That compares with 28.2 million Android tablets shipped in the second quarter this year (up 163 percent year over year), and 14.6 million iPads (down 14 percent) during the same time periods.
During the past year, Windows tablets’ market share grew from 1 percent to 4 percent. Android’s market share increased from 38 percent to 63 percent. Apple’s, meanwhile, declined from 60 percent to 33 percent.
Windows RT managed to get a 0.5 percent market share, with about 200,000 tablets shipped, in the second quarter this year, according to IDC. (There are no comparable figures for this time last year since Windows RT tablets were not available until last fall.)
Also, IDC noted that although overall tablet shipments went up year-over-year, sequentially, unit shipments fell 9.7 percent from the first quarter of 2013 to the second.
Here’s IDC’s chart: