Beware of the robot! Android device shipments to reach record one billion this year, predicts Gartner

Beware of the robot! Android device shipments to reach record one billion this year
Research firm Gartner predicts that Android device users will reach the one billion mark this year for the first time, giving Google 45% of the mobile market share.

Android growth in developed markets might be tapering off, as it has reached the point of saturation, but places like China and India, which together amount for quite the chunk of the world's population, will give Android the big boost this year, and will contribute up to 75% of the Android volume this year, predicts Gartner. Given that every hit phone from the likes of Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi or Meizu is selling in the millions in China, offering the best value for money ratios in the smartphone world, Android's takeover is far from done indeed. 

When the dust settles in a year or two, Google's services will be on the majority of phones and tablets worldwide, which was the search giant's goal from the very beginning with Android. Next up seem to be connected homes, appliances and even our cars, so by the end of the decade we might wish we go back to the blissful times when nobody knew where we are or what we are doing at the moment. 

One thing is for sure - Google's mobile ad revenue, which clocked $4.6 billion in 2012, will likely be much more when the stats for last year come, and that number is poised to skyrocket further in the "post-PC" era.

source: Gartner

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