Meanwhile, mobile phone shipments are expected to rise 4.2% this year to reach a total of 1.82 billion units. Tablet shipments are forecast to increase almost 68% to hit almost 202 million units. Together, that means more than 2 billion handsets and tablets will be shipped in 2013. For next year, Gartner sees the growth in tablet shipments declining to 37%, hitting 276 million tablets. Transportation of mobile phones are forecast to actually show slightly faster growth of 4.3% to 1.9 billion units.
Gartner sees shipment of Android flavored models nearly doubling from 2012 to 2014. From the 505 million Android powered devices shipped in 2012, the researcher sees that figure hitting 1.06 billion next year. For this year, the growth in shipped Android units is expected to be 71% to 867 million devices, topping the chart by a large margin. Windows is second thanks to the inclusion of PCs running the platform. According to Gartner, iOS is the more balanced operating system with 90% of Android sales in the smartphone market and 85% of Windows sales in the PC market.
"Although the numbers seem to paint a clear picture of who the winner will be when it comes to operating systems in the device market, the reality is that today ecosystem owners are challenged in having the same relevance in all segments, Apple is currently the more homogeneous presence across all device segments, while 90 percent of Android sales are currently in the mobile phone market and 85 percent of Microsoft sales are in the PC market."-Carolina Milanesi, research vice president,Gartner
source: Gartner via Textually.org