Gartner: 1.1 Billion Android Smartphones, Tablets Expected to Ship in 2014
January 7, 2014 12:07 PM
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This represents a 26 percent boost from 2013's total
This year is going to be a big one for mobile, as shipments on a wide-range of products are expected to increase (in some cases, significantly) compared to 2013, and it looks like
will continue to hold a strong lead.
According to 2014 predictions by technology research and advisory firm
, devices running Google's Android mobile operating system will achieve 1.1 billion shipments in 2014. This represents a 26 percent boost from 2013's total.
Apple's operating systems (iOS for mobile and Mac OS for desktop) will see combined shipments of 344 million for 2014, which is a 28 percent jump from last year. This includes iPhones, iPads and Macs.
While this is a nice boost for Apple, analysts say that Android has a strong lead due to its strong demand in emerging markets. Android devices tend to sell at various price points, often lower than that of Apple's iPhone and iPad, which makes them a better deal for markets that don't have subsidized pricing.
When it comes to Microsoft's Windows OS, Gartner says 360 million new devices are expected to ship this year, up from 328 million last year.
Sales of smartphones are expected to slow a bit this year, but tablets will see a significant jump of 47 percent this year to 263 million compared to 2013.
Overall, Gartner says combined global shipments of all devices will achieve 2.48 billion units for 2014, up 7.6 percent from 2013.
, Android's global market share surpassed the 80 percent mark as of November 2013 while Apple's iOS was at 12.9 percent and Microsoft's Windows Phone had just 3.6 percent.
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1/7/2014 2:06:06 PM
Well, considering all the problems Microsoft got into after they became the dominant force in the OS market, like getting in trouble for just having IE, maybe they learned. After all does every Mac in Europe come with options of what browser you want to use or do they just come with Safari?
Their plan has never been to dominate to but be a niche market and have the appearance of superiority.
1/7/2014 2:24:59 PM
thats like turning down a scholarship to go and study at harvard because you are afraid you might have to pay more tax if you get a good high paying job in a few years.
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