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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 Android will continue to hold a strong lead. 

According to 2014 predictions by technology research and advisory firm Gartner, 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.

According to TechCrunch, 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. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: 12%?
By amanojaku on 1/7/2014 2:23:26 PM , Rating: 3
You answered your own question. Apple never wanted to be the Ford of electronics, with a wide array of affordable products that appealed to many. It has always fancied itself to be Ferrari, selling a handful of products at a premium to a minority. Margins over market share, that has always been Jobs' goal. It's the reason NeXT went under, with its $10,000 workstations that were originally supposed to be $3,000.

This is the main reason why Apple consumers are so fanatical: they've joined an "exclusive" club and have to keep up appearances. Exclusive, meaning being willing to pay a ridiculous sum of money on something just because of its looks.

Take the new Mac Pro trash can, er, workstation. In a thread in another article here, a poster claimed that his desktop with a workstation GPU could outperform the new Mac Pro. He was wrong, but not by much: Macworld benched the Mac Pro and determined that it was only 8% faster than a similarly configured iMac.
It should be no surprise that the new 8-core Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve tested, but it was only 8 percent faster overall than our previous champ, a CTO 2013 27-inch iMac. That custom system has a speedy quad-core 3.5GHz Core i7 processor, a 3TB Fusion Drive, 8GB of RAM, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics.
The Mac Pro was $6,800 for its configuration; the iMac was $2,700. The Mac Pro isn't even upgradeable; the CPUs, GPUs, and SSDs are soldered onto the motherboard!

You can find the article on Macworld or BGR. DT's filters are being a pain.

RE: 12%?
By Bubbacub on 1/7/2014 2:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
The DT filters are seemingly not a pain for people wanting to post about how many thousands of dollars a month they make doing no work just by clicking on some bogus link.

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