ABI Research's London Office has just released their forecasts for 2013 in respect to winners in the mobile device applications space. Their research predicts that mobile users will download around 14 billion tablet apps during the year and that Apple's iPad running iOS will lead as a development platform with a formidable 75% market share. But it's not all smooth sailing for iOS. ABI now forecasts that smartphone-focused developers will adopt an Android-first strategy by years' end and that Android will account for 58% of the app market for smartphones.
If statistics interest you, then you should also check out IDC's latest five-year forecasts for the traditional PC market. In short, they predict the PC sector will slightly drop again in 2013, but not enough to the move the needle much. Then again, considering that the second half of 2013 could enjoy a boost from next generation Convertible Ultrabooks, the forecast could be slightly on the wrong side of the ledger.