Gartner: Android To Overpass Windows By 2016

Android vs Windows

Gartner has released a prediction regarding the PC – smartphone – tablet operating systems market, reporting that in 2016 Android will overpass Windows’ market share. How is that even possible? Because many of the activities we were making exclusively in front of the PC, like watching videos, browsing the web, or listening to music, have been ported to smartphones and tablets.

For the time being, Android controls the smartphone market, while on the tablet segment it comes second after Apple and their popular iPads. Besides Android Google also developed Chromium OS, which isn’t too popular, and didn’t have much of an impact in the competition against Windows or Mac OS X, but you can still buy notebooks running on it, at decent prices.

Microsoft with its Windows operating system, has put all its hopes in Windows Phone 8, Windows RT and Windows 8. These three software products are Microsoft’s bet for the end of 2013.

Regarding Gardner estimations for 2016, the research firm says that there will be 2.3 billion PC, tablets and smartphones running on Android, while Microsoft will have 2.28 billion activated devices running on its operating system, Windows.

Statistics are sowing that by the end of 2012, there will be 1.5 million Windows devices activated around the world, while Google and Android will have 608 million units.

You can see how much the Android have grown since it was first introduced in 2008. On the other hand, Windows activates on this market for over 15 years. Microsoft’s biggest problem is that the devices running on Windows Phone aren’t quite popular among the customers.

  • Rational One

    When Google is here have no fear!

    Why waste money on an OS when Google gives the great Android / Chrome OS for free?!?

  • Swarna

    “…many of the activities we were making exclusively in front
    of the PC, like watching videos, browsing the web, or listening to music, have
    been ported to smartphones and tablets.” Not just these activities, but for
    those of us in the corporate world, many of the work activities once strictly
    done using desktops and laptops are increasingly being done via smartphones and
    tablets as well. I’m a Symantec employee, so it should come as no surprise that
    my view on issues often includes a heavy dose of security mindedness and my
    thoughts on this prediction from Gartner are no exception. Whether strictly a
    consumer device, a corporate-owned device or a combination of the two (think
    BYOD), the fact that more and more of our lives are stored and accessed via
    mobile devices underlies the importance of making sure our data and our devices
    are secure and well-managed.

    Swarna Podila
    Symantec