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.