IDC's full-year 2022 and Q4 2022 market report on tablets and Chromebooks is here and the results are not ideal. Overall, the tablet market shrunk by 3.3% throughout 2022, but posted a flat growth of 0.3% for Q4 of the same year. After a strong 2021 year with insane 180.5% growth, however, the Chromebook market was bound to normalize and it recorded a 48% decline in shipments for the full 2022 year and 24.3% fewer units in Q4 2022.
The main driving forces of the market in 2022, as usual, were Apple and Samsung. Apple is still the leader with 49.2% market share in Q4 and 38% throughout 2022, followed by Samsung with almost 16.8% and 18.6%, respectively. For 2022, Apple was the only OEM to post a modest growth of 7% for 2022 while for the fourth quarter, the company recorded an impressive 28.8% growth year-over-year, while Samsung had a modest 7.1% increase in sales for the same period.