down from the 70% of the global smartphone market that Android owned in the third quarter of 2012. With 21% of the global smartphone market, iOS will be on 294 million active smartphones by the end of the year.
The real excitement is for third place, a battle expected to be fought between BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. Windows Phone is expected to have 3% of the global market by the end of December,which works out to 45 million units. ABI sees 20 million BlackBerry 10 units in users' hands by the end of the year. A little better performance from BlackBerry, or a little worse from Windows Phone and we could see a surprise in this battle by year end.
ABI Research is still seeing rapid growth in the tablet market, which is still in its infancy. A 125% growth in the global tablet market would result in 268 million slates available by the end of the year. 62% will run iOS and 28% will be Android flavored.