The global reach of tablet devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line-up and Apple’s iPads, has expanded rapidly from 15 million in 2010 to a projected 327 million by the end of this year. Tablets have significant momentum behind them, and according to one research firm, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Analyst Forrester has provided a new report for the global tablet market, indicating that the market will grow even more significantly over the next few years. How significantly We’re talking greater than a 25 percent compound annual market increase between 2012 and 2017. Forrester states that tablets will reach – and surpass – a worldwide installed base of 905 million in that five year span, with annual projected sales of 381.23 million units by the time 2017 rolls around.

The report states that tablets are “the most successful branch” of today’s computing market, through both penetration rates and diversity of competition, with so many units being sold.

Source: TechCrunch