Just as it has done in the smartphone market, Google's Android may soon begin rising through the ranks of the nascent tablet market and pose a significant challenge to Apple's iPad, according to a recent Computerworld report.

Currently, Apple holds a commanding lead in the tablet market. Citing figures from Gartner, the news provider noted that Apple accounted for 83 percent of the market in 2010, nearly 70 percentage points more than its nearest competitor, Android.

However, that lead is not expected to last forever. As manufacturers continue to push out more tablets based on Google's mobile operating system, Apple's market share will likely slip during the next few years.

Android accessibility coupled the forecast surge in the tablet market are both key advantages for Google. This year has already seen the release of several Android-based tablets from the likes of Samsung, Motorola and others. Going forward, more rivals are also expected to emerge.

If the smartphone market is any indication, Android-based tablets could prove troublesome for its competitors. According to a recent IDC report, Android will account for nearly 40 percent of the global smartphone market this year.