Even though Google had announced that Android had crossed 1 billion activations in September of last year, but the OS still has to cross the 1 billion active users. According to a Gartner report, the mobile OS is supposed the pass the 1 billion users milestone this year. The report states that by 2017, a record 75% of Android’s users will come from emerging markets. A large part of this is because of Android being able to run on low end and middle end devices.
Most users are increasingly transitioning from traditional PC based devices to mobile devices. This transition is definitely to going to auger well for Android since most of this action is going to happen in emerging markets. The report states that mobile phones will form a major component of overall device shipments. This year there are expectations of 1.9 billion mobile phones being shipped. This represents a 5x growth since 2013.
Ranjit Atwal, Research Director at Gartner spoke about the report and its findings,
“The device market continues to evolve, with buyers deciding which combination of devices is required to meet their wants and needs. Mobile phones are a must have and will continue to grow but at a slower pace, with opportunities moving away from the top-end premium devices to mid-end basic products. Meanwhile users continue to move away from the traditional PC (notebooks and desk-based) as it becomes more of a shared content creation tool, while the greater flexibility of tablets, hybrids and lighter notebooks address users’ increasingly different demands.”
Here is a chart showing the device shipments for 2014.
With this, it seems that traditional PC sales will decline by 7% to 278 million units. The decline of the PC will be somehow arrested by the rise of Windows based ultra mobiles which will keep the numbers flat this year compared to the decline the category faced in 2013.
Android is emerging as a clear winner when it comes to the number of installs and the users because of the flexibility it gives when it comes to purchasing price. Apple on the other hand is going to have 682 million iOS/Mac OS installed-base devices.
Link | Gartner