Battle of the OSes: Apple to eclipse Microsoft, Android to eclipse both combined (in terms of units shipped)
posted by Chris P. / Jun 26, 2013, 10:19 AM
Basing the prediction on shipment data may not be as reliable as actual sales figures, but the analysts behind the forecast must feel it provides a sufficient degree of dependability. Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi notes that in 2012 the Redmond software company had a firm grip on the market with a lead of about 134 million over Cupertino in terms of devices shipped. Gartner anticipates that by 2014 that lead will melt to about 23 million and then turn around in favor of Apple by 2015. Milanesi points out that Apple is already leading in the consumer market, but the enterprise industry traditionally remains a steadfast domain of Microsoft.
The company makes another staggering forecast, but this one may be less surprising for some – Android will top 1 billion shipments sometime next year, thus eclipsing both Microsoft's and Apple's figures combined. This is in part a result of the continuing growth in the tablet and smartphone sectors where Android has already established a foothold. Analysts believe tablet shipments will grow from 120 million last year, to 202 million this year followed by 276 million for 2014. Smartphone shipments are believed to reach just short of the 2 billion mark – quite impressive, indeed.
Another interesting piece of information we glanced from the report is the continuing decline of desktop and notebook computers – a reduction in shipments of 11% by next year with another 5% queued up for 2014.
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RIM (BlackBerry) only 1.1%?! (FAINTS) x(
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:22 AM 10
The platform includes smartphone, tablets and desktop... I expect to be lower than 1% but this indicate the huge pie of smartphone, rather than other
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:40 AM 3
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i'm seeing symbian there 34.9% oh yeah....!!! lol
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:48 AM 5
Android and Google are taking over the world!
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:25 AM 11
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Analysis these days... I don't believe a word they say. I hope MS gains market share for WP8 and wish the best for RIM, but realistically speaking, Apple and Android lead the market with almost a duopoly.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:28 AM 2
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I'd hate to see any of em fail. Choice and competition rock.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 12:04 PM 0
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Which is why I don't mind friendly competition. The more competition, the better. RIM is doing a little better than it was before, and MS is slowly gaining market share, specifically because of Nokia.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 12:08 PM 2
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That's because iPad and iPhones sold in total combined could match the PC and laptop sales which usually run Windows, and PC sales are declining. Only if all iOS and MacOS devices combined. For laptops and computers only, Apple cant touch Windows in desktop department. Windows phone is still selling in low quantity and just started gaining traction. This stat must be made for the Apple fanboys to feel good about themselves.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:31 AM 1
It sounds like you're a windows fanboy trying to reconfigure the stats to make you feel good about yourself. It's funny you'd even say something like that when Android still had the larger figure. Apple doesn't have to touch Windows in terms of sales, their business model doesn't depend on market domination. They make more money with a fraction of the market share, and both their mobile and Mac businesses are growing, while MS's PC business is in decline and WP is stagnant.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 3:20 PM 0
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I call BS! Apple has offered nothing new to turn the boat around. While the current trend might sustain for a while, MS will not shrink in percentage but rather increase as overall customer expectations from Apple subside due to lack on innovation. Apple has been copying other trends and their stocks are lower. Their techs are looking for rival tech company positions, which will lead apple to being in dire circumstances starting next year. They could have really used Jobs right now.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:35 AM 3
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It is true Apple is leading in the mobile sector but that's only there. Microsoft is still king when it comes to pc. And I believe and I predict that the future is for Microsoft and Google. Soon smaller and faster Intel chips are coming and w8 will be the OS running the show. It will soon be on mobile phones, convertibles, tablets, notebooks, laptops and desktops. The future is only bright for Windows and soon people will realise it.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:39 AM 2
Nothing surprising here. No matter how late MS is in the game, it is gaining traction. That's the most important thing. Windows 8 and WP8 are still in their growth stage, and when compared to the mature stage of Mac OS and iOS, they do fare really well. A good move by MS!
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 10:54 AM 3
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Previous week another firm predicted in smartphone department android will lead followed by wp and thereafter iOS. So there's no point in apple overtaking ms in total shipment, plus windows tablet hasn't gain traction yet but it will bloom later this year.
posted on Jun 26, 2013, 12:25 PM 0
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