Tablets continue their decline

Dell TabletThe installed base of tablets is to fall next year for the first time, according to a report from ABI Research.

ABI said that by the end of this year the global installed base for tablets will reach 373 million units.

Of those 50 percent will use the Android operating system and 42 percent will use Apple’s iOS operating system.

Of the tablets installed, 48 percent are owned by people in the USA>

ABI thinks there are many reasons for the change in tablet sales.

People are looking to the awkwardly named “phablet” market – a compromise between tablets and essentially smartphones with bigger screens.

ABI also thinks that people will replace their tablets with 2-in-1 ultraportable PCs and some people will just not bother to replace their tablets at all.