ABI: Tablet installed base to reach tipping point in 2014 as Android surpasses iOS

The first quarter of 2014 was nothing to brag about for most tablet vendors as the market experienced a 30 per cent unit decline, though market intelligence firm ABI Research expects growth to resume over the balance of the year. According to its latest market forecasts, branded OEM shipments will exceed 200 million in 2014. This year should also be a watershed for the tablet-installed base, with active Android devices surpassing iOS for the first time. Nevertheless, Apple's iPad is expected to remain the leading OEM brand in 2014. The research company predicts that tablet hardware sales from branded OEMs are likely to top US$85 billion this year. Release