The last eighteen months have been very good to the iPad App Store.

On Wednesday, prominent research firm ABI Research announced that ​iPad users are "estimated" to have cumulatively downloaded three billion applications so far.

According to ABI, this massive chunk of downloads represents 19% of all cumulative downloads by Apple users. It should be noted, however, that the iPhone didn't top three billion downloads until the App Store was two years old.

Taking a factual jab at Android, the report notes that Android tablets only have seen 440 million downloads to date.

“Discounting all those apps that were originally developed for Android smartphones, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad in terms of its tablet app offerings,” says ABI's Lim Shiyang. “Many Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of Android, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.”

To be fair, however, annual Android app downloads for smartphones are on pace to reach 58 Billion by 2016. When compared with 27 billion for Apple’s iPhone by that time, Android may still have the last laugh over apps.

To learn more about today report from ABI Research, click here.

Source: ABI Research