About 78.45 million tablets were shipped globally in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Digitimes Research. That's a an increase of 25% over the prior quarter and 29.8% higher than a year ago.
Android-based models accounted for 51.2% of the shipments, iOS-based 44.9% and Windows-based tablets 3.9%. However, by individual brand or model, the iPad topped the rankings with 29.7% of shipments,
From a form factor perspective, 7-inch models accounted for 31% of the shipments, followed by 9-inch models with 25.4%, 7.9-inch models with 19.7%, 10-inch models with 15.8% and 8-inch models with 7.6%.
Among vendors, Apple had the largest global market share at 29.7%, followed by Samsung Electronics with 17.4%, Amazon 5.4%, Lenovo 4.2%, Asustek Computer 2.8%, Google 1.4%, Acer 1%, Dell 0.8% and Hewlett-Packard 0.5%.