Microsoft, Amazon to aid the tablet market

Dell TabletEven though growth in the market fell during the third quarter, shipments rose by 6.8 percent from the second calendar quarter.

Taiwanese market research company Trendforce said the drop in demand is because the market is saturated.

Total shipments of tablets in 2015 are expected to amount to 163.4 million units, down 14.9 percent compared with 2014.

But there appears to be some light at the end of the tablet tunnel.

Trendforce believes Amazon will see “a dramatic increase” in shipments as the year ends and that’s largely due to the introduction of the seven inch Fire tablet released at the end of last month. It only costs $50 and will push Amazon shipments up steeply in this, the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Microsoft saw 2-in-1 growth in the third quarter, with sales of Surface 3 doing particularly well.