You may be getting fatigued with mobile industry analyst forecasts, so we’re bundling two together for this story. First, IDC estimates that 27.8m tablets shipped globally in the third quarter of this year. It claims Apple’s iPad took a 50.4% share ahead of tablets from Samsung (18.4%), Amazon (9%) and Asus (8.6%) – the latter includes the Google-branded Nexus 7 tablet. Meanwhile, ABI Research has been rolling out its guess-abacus to estimate the global smartphone app downloads market, claiming that Android accounted for 47% of downloads the second quarter of this year (to reiterate: Q2, not Q3), ahead of iPhone’s 29%. However, in the first half of the year, ABI reckons that in the tablet market, iPad generated more than five times more app downloads than Android tablets.

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