According to ABI Research’s latest market forecasts, the smartphone app annual downloads to hit 56 billion this year with which Google’s Android will account for 58% of the total, while Apple’s iOS accounts for a 33% annual share and Microsoft’s Windows Phone with a slightly smaller share than 4% with BlackBerry with 3%.
On the other end, mobile users will download about 14 billion tablet apps during the year with 75% of the amount will be apps running on iOS, Android count on an annual share of 17%, Amazon’s tablet saw a market share of 4%, while Windows tablets make of around 2% of the total.
ABI Research Senior analyst Aapo Markkanen believes:
“Arguably the most pressing issue for Google is how much of this handset momentum will ultimately trickle down to tablets, where Apple is holding the fort remarkably well. We would argue that in this context Google will actually benefit from the efforts by Amazon, since the presence of Kindle Fire adds a lot of critical ‘code mass’ to Android’s proposition as a platform for tablet applications. It is worth remembering that Android’s so-called fragmentation problem isn’t only a problem, but that it has a certain upside as well.”
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