Gartner: 1.1 Billion Android Smartphones, Tablets Expected to Ship in 2014
January 7, 2014 12:07 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
1/7/2014 5:53:18 PM
Apple does not care about market share. They care about products and about customers, about making the best products they can for their customers and making a profit doing so. They care about building the best platform. They don’t care about the competition.
It turns out that by not caring about market share Apple have become the world’s most successful tech company, and the most profitable device maker, and if you measure a platform by it’s actual success as a platform (i.e. as something upon which other things stand) iOS has become the world’s most successful mobile platform.
Being the most successful computer OEM, device maker, retail company and digital goods seller are all byproducts of Apple’s strategy of not caring about market share or the competition and only focusing on making the best products that will delight customers and then selling them at a profit.
Apple’s simple but unusual strategy causes deep cognitive dissonance for many observers. Apple doesn’t care.
1/8/2014 12:55:51 PM
I think the thing causing cognitive dissonance is customers willingness to pay huge amounts for the products. A disparity between perceived value and apple's customers perceived value of the products.
In China and other countries, there are no subsidies, so Iphones cost hunderds of dollars more (especially because of taxes), sometimes approaching the $1000 mark. (iPhone 5s chinese market price ~$800 vs ~$550 for Galaxy 4) and yet consumers pay.
It's the same cognitive dissonance that people suffer when they see people driving Ferraris. Perceived excess. I'm all about people being able to use what they want regardless of cost, that doesn't mean I view it as a good buy. That's the surprise.
1/10/2014 8:38:02 AM
So your view, in other words, is that Apple's business strategy is working. No shit Sherlock.
"DailyTech is the best kept secret on the Internet." -- Larry Barber
Report: First Android Phone Redesigned After iPhone Launch
December 21, 2013, 10:04 AM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Leak: Apple Preps for First Real Android App Foray With New Apple Music App
October 24, 2015, 1:59 PM
Pepsi Smartphone? Empty Calories Coming Soon to the Midrange
October 12, 2015, 11:41 PM
Most Popular Articles
Top 5 Smart Watches
July 21, 2016, 11:48 PM
Free Windows 10 offer ends July 29th, 2016: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Immediately
July 22, 2016, 9:19 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information